The unsettling image of United Flight 175 striking the South Tower of the World Trade Center has been forever etched into our collective memories. Under the painful implications of this faceless image, it becomes nearly impossible to reflect on the lives lost on September 11, 2001. We remember the plane but may forget the joy brought into the world by our deceased fathers, mothers, wives, husbands, sons, daughters and friends. The Garden of Reflection began as an attempt to replace this snapshot representation of American wreckage with a message of peace. Today, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, The Garden stands as an uplifting remembrance and a beacon of hope for us all.
The Garden is a physical homage to the 2,973 lives we lost, with special recognition of the 18 Bucks County Victims. Within the 62-acre Memorial Park, The Garden occupies 2.5 acres surrounded by a 2-acre Oak Garden Arboretum. Construction of the memorial was completed in time for a dedication ceremony on the fifth anniversary of September 11, 2001; an honorable feat for an honorable tribute.
In order to perpetuate this wonderfully moving memorial to the victims of that infamous day, as well as to protect the $2.4 million construction and maintenance investment, the 9-11 Memorial Garden of Reflection, Inc. Board of Directors, with the support of Lower Makefield Township, recognized the need to raise $2 million to be placed in an endowment to fund future operations. The “Remembrance Fund” endowment was created to honor the loved ones lost by providing for the perpetual care of The Garden.
THE ENDOWMENT CAMPAIGN
Following the 10th anniversary of 9/11/2001, the “Remembrance Fund” endowment was established under a new 501(c)3 non-profit called the 9-11 Memorial Garden of Reflection, Inc. The goal is to fulfill the endowment as we mark the upcoming 20th Anniversary of the attacks on our nation.
Maintenance and continued operation of The Garden of Reflection require a reliable and secure source of funding which directed us to embark upon an endowment campaign. Our annual Memorial Golf Classic, along with an annual 5K Run and other fundraising efforts, have been providing resources to fund this endowment to preserve the memorial in perpetuity. A goal of $2 million has been established for the Remembrance Fund and we’ve already secured over $1.2 million, which is currently invested with a professional firm under a long-term capital appreciation strategy.
When the Remembrance Fund is fully funded, earnings generated will provide for the ongoing operation and maintenance of The Garden without touching the principal balance. This will ensure that future generations are able to experience this powerful, moving and beautiful memorial as we do today. Many visit The Garden, coming from near and far, not only to remember 9-11 but also to process the grief and hardships in their own lives. In this way The Garden stands as an uplifting remembrance and beacon of hope for us ALL. It is incumbent upon OUR generation to provide the same experience for our children and grandchildren.
As indicated by the organization’s 501(c)3 non-profit designation, all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Your support will help move us to our goal of a self-sustaining memorial and enable The Garden of Reflection to live as the lasting tribute it was designed to be.
We are forever grateful for the countless hours of our dedicated volunteers. Their efforts make it possible that 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes to the Remembrance Fund to sustain The Garden in perpetuity. There are no paid positions as everyone volunteers their time to this noble cause! We hope you too will want to help preserve this beautiful 9-11 memorial as we remember those not with us today.
9-11 Memorial Garden of Reflection, Inc Board:
Ellen Saracini, Board Chair – Widow of Captain Victor J Saracini, United Flight 175, South Tower
Eric Stark, Board Vice Chair – Consultant, Stark Solutions
Jim McCaffrey, Board Secretary – President, McCaffrey’s Markets
Brian McCloskey, Board Treasurer – Executive Director Financial and Accounting Services at Mercer County Community College
Representative Brian Fitzpatrick, Board Member – District 1
Dave Fleming, Board Member – General Manager Shady Brook Farm
Fiona Havlish, Board member – Widow of Donald G Havlish Jr, AON Corp., Tower 2, 101st Floor
Melodie Homer, Board member – Widow of First Officer LeRoy W Homer Jr., United Flight 93, Shanksville, PA
Senator Steve Santarsiero, Board Member, State District 10
Michael Smerconish, Board Member – SiriusXM Radio host, CNN host, journalist and lawyer
Mike G Fitzpatrick, Honorary Board Member – Attorney, Begley, Carlin and Mandio, LLP
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