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St. John's Staten Island Campus to Host UIM 9/11 Quilt

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St. John's Staten Island Campus to Host United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt, Sept. 8-10

August 28, 2007

Staten Island, N.Y. -
Second Year Staten Island Site is Tabbed as New York Location for Memorial Remembrance

St. John’s University’s Staten Island Campus will host the United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt Exhibit for the second consecutive year, presented by Where-To-Turn and the Joseph Maffeo Foundation, on display the weekend of September 8-10. The University’s Student Center Gymnasium, 300 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, N.Y. will house the exhibit, which attracted more than 7,500 people during the four-day viewing one year ago.

The exhibit, a 16,000-square-foot quilt that stretches more than 1,500 linear feet, is a traveling memorial in honor of each individual victim of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The public is invited to attend the exhibit on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. St. John’s students, victims’ family members and the general public will have a final viewing from 9:00 a.m-Noon on Monday, September 10. The exhibit is free to the public but corporate and private donations are accepted.

“The response from last year’s showing of the 9-11 Quilt was amazing and inspired us to continue on again this year,” said Joseph Sciame, Vice President for Community Relations at St. John’s University. “Our goal is to reach out to more New Yorkers who have not seen the exhibit – for it truly is an emotional experience that will not be forgotten.”

Corey Gammel, CEO and project founder of United in Memory, partners with St. John’s University once again for this labor of love to the fallen victims of the 9/11 tragedy. The quilt (which would stretch across a quarter-mile if the panels were aligned end to end), tours all across the country annually and was completed in 11 months. It is a remarkable feat when considering it was done largely as a grass-roots effort.

More than 3,600 volunteers from every state in the United States and 18 countries around the world have contributed to the crafting and assembly of the quilt. St. John’s University was honored to be selected as the site for the quilt’s only New York appearances the past two years.

Where-To-Turn (a crisis relief network for victims of tragedy) will also be organizing a Memorial Service and the showing of the Tower of Lights from Staten Island during a weekend long schedule of events.

“We must never forget the nearly 3,000 friends and family who were lost on that tragic day in September 2001. Events like this help us to remember and celebrate the lives of our loved ones,” said Dennis McKeon, Executive Director of Where-To-Turn. “It is the ongoing mission of Where-To-Turn and the Joseph Maffeo Foundation to make sure that we never forget and to make the world a better place in honor of those who were lost.”

For media interviews regarding the 9/11 Quilt Exhibit contact Dominic Scianna, Director of Media Relations, St. John’s University at 718-990-6185 or email inquiries to sciannad@stjohns.edu. For information on the United In Memory organization call 718-966-6531. For inquires regarding Where-To-Turn contact Dennis McKeon Executive Director at 718-619-2371 or dennis.mckeon@where-to-turn.org. The Joseph Maffeo Foundation can be contacted by emailing Keith Manfredi, Director, the Joseph Maffeo Foundation at maffeofoundation@aol.com
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