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Volunteers Presented with VOICES 2010 Building Bridges Awards at the September 10th Forum

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Each year VOICES recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to those impacted by 9/11 with a Building Bridges Award. This year three dedicated VOICES volunteers, Duane Orloske, Kate O'Brien and Alessandra Benedetti, who lost loved ones on 9/11, were presented with the 2010 Building Bridges Awards.
 
For several years they have traveled long distances to volunteer in a number of capacities at our office in New Canaan, CT. Their unique perspectives as family members and their special skills have helped guide the organization. Over the years they have become an extension of our staff and we are grateful for their dedication. Please join us in thanking Duane, Kate and Alessandra for their important contributions. Their commitment of time and talents is an inspiration to us all.

VOICES Rings the Closing Bell of the New York Stock Exchange on September 10, 2010

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On the eve of the 9th anniversary VOICES rang the Closing Bell at the NYSE to commemorate the upcoming anniversary. Founding Director Mary Fetchet rang the closing bell and Thomas H. Kean, Former Governor of New Jersey and Chairman of the 9/11 Commission hit the gavel. Joining them at the podium was Duncan L. Niederauer, President and Co-Chief Operating of the NYSE; Andrew M. Sanchek, Vice Chairman and President of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc; 9/11 Family Members - Frank Fetchet, Alessandra Benedetti, Michael Murray, Bonnie McEneaney, Debbie McEneaney and Duane Orloske; VOICES Board Members Jeff Blumenfeld, John Gannon and Marvin Kabatznick; VOICES Staff Madeline Pace and Debbie Westfal. More.

9/11 Day of Remembrance Information Forum

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On September 10th VOICES hosted our 9th Annual Always Remember Information Forum at the Marriott Downtown Hotel in New York City. The forum included an annual update from Alice Greenwald on the progress of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, panel discussions, roundtables for families and service providers and exhibits of many of the 9/11 Living Memorial sites. Several family members spoke including: Jay Winuk of My Good Deed, Bonnie McEneaney author of Messages and Janice Hazelcorn from Camp Haze. Jeff Harness from "New York Says Thank You" displayed a 30 foot American Flag which survived the attacks on the World Trade Center. More.

Diane Brudnicki and Seattle Students Present Artwork at VOICES Information Forum

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Once again Dianne Brudnicki, an art teacher from Duvall, Washington and her students attended our Day of Remembrance Information Forum to deliver handmade artwork to the 9/11 families. This year Dianne was joined by four of her students - Karina Cohrs, Cindy Wang, Brianna O'Brien and Melissa Brink.
 
Following 9/11, Dianne Brudnicki and her students created artwork which they published in the book, "Message of Hope, Peace and Love", which we helped distribute to the 9/11 families. Over the years Dianne and her students have become an important part of our September 10th Information Forum, traveling from Seattle, Washington to New York City to present the 9/11 families with gifts of beautiful artwork and comfort.

Shannon Yaskulka's Replication of the WTC Towers

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When 12 year old Shannon Yaskulka was given the assignment to create a structure for her 6th grade school science fair, she immediately decided to create the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in honor of her grandmother, Myrna Yaskulka, an employee of Fred Alger Management who perished on 9/11. Shannon replicated the Towers from newspapers and other recycled materials and wrote a brief narrative about the history of the World Trade Center.

9th Annual September 11th Commemoration Ceremony

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On July 9th, 2010 Mayor Bloomberg and the City of New York announced their plans for the 9th Annual September 11th Commemoration Ceremony. As in recent years the ceremony will take place at Zuccotti Park, adjacent to the World Trade Center site. If you are a family member who would like to read names or would like to suggest a participant please contact cferer@cityhall.nyc.gov or call 212-442-8953 by Friday, August 6th. For more information and to read the letter in its entirety Click Here.

Scout Surge 9/11

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Voices of September 11th is pleased to join the Boy Scouts of America as they celebrate their 100th anniversary, as well as the Flag of Honor Project in promoting National Days of Remembrance. Through the program Scout Surge we can teach our youth about those who were lost on 9/11 and the events of that day. Scout Surge is a wonderful way to ensure future generations will "Always Remember". I hope you will visit the 9/11 Living Memorial Project to learn about the lives of these amazing people and the wonderful foundations and memorials that were created in their memory. More.

Share your views on the plans for the Muslim Community Center

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As you may have heard, plans to build a Muslim Community Center in Lower Manhattan, just a few blocks from the WTC site, progressed when the Landmark Preservation Commission denied granting the building landmark status. For those of you who are interested in sharing your thoughts with your elected officials, you can contact Mayor Bloomberg's office at www.nyc.gov/mayor or locate your Congressman or Senator at www.thomas.gov. We have included a brief survey and would appreciate if you would take a few moments to provide us with your thoughts on the issue. More.

Messages: Signs, Visits and Premonitions from Loved Ones Lost on 9/11

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Bonnie McEneaney, a member of VOICES' Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the 3rd annual Always Remember Benefit will be on 20/20 tonight, June 18. Bonnie will be discussing her recently released book, entitled Messages: Signs, Visits and Premonitions from Loved Ones Lost on 9/11. Her book contains inspiring true stories about the spiritual and paranormal experiences of those who lost loved ones on 9/11. More.

VOICES 3rd Annual Always Remember Gala

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VOICES announces our third annual Always Remember Benefit Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will be the keynote speaker at the Voices of September 11th third annual Always Remember Benefit, to be held in New York City on Monday, June 14, 2010. President Bill Clinton is the Honorary Chairman. Doors open at 6 p.m. In addition to the keynote address by Tony Blair, the gala features a cocktail reception, silent auction, special guests and musical entertainment. More.

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VOICES Provides Support Services

VOICES Staff Provides Support Services Including: Assessments, Support Groups, Referrals, Commemorative Events, Workshops.

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