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PostPosted: Wed Dec 13, 2006 4:43 pm    Post subject: Mayors press release on names 12/13
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Wednesday, December 13, 2006


Major Fundraising Momentum with $202 Million Raised
Cathy Blaney Appointed New Executive Vice President of Development
Design Concept for Arrangement of Victims’ Names Selected

World Trade Center Memorial Foundation Chairman Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced three major advances in the effort to build the World Trade Center Memorial: significant new fundraising momentum bringing the total raised to $202 million, the appointment of veteran fundraiser Catherine Blaney as Executive Vice President of Development, and the identification of a design concept for the arrangement of victims’ names on the Memorial.


The Foundation made substantial progress in its fundraising campaign, with $202 million now raised. The Foundation has now passed the $200 million milestone in its $300 capital campaign.

Chairman Mayor Bloomberg said, “Thanks to the Foundation’s Board and the support of people from across the country and around the world, we are building momentum toward our fundraising goals. We hope that thousands more will join our efforts and help us pave the way to recovery and renewal.”

To date, more than 28,400 individuals representing all fifty states, and 18 foreign nations have contributed to the Memorial Foundation. The Foundation has received 39 leadership gifts of $1 million and over.

Memorial Foundation President and CEO Joe Daniels said, “By contributing to this campaign, we can honor the lives lost and create a Memorial that will last for generations. Thanks to the support of our donors we have already made real progress in building the Memorial, and we must continue this progress to carry us through the New Year.”


Catherine Blaney, a veteran fundraiser, will join the Foundation as Executive Vice President of Development in January 2007. In this capacity, she will manage the development, oversight, and implementation of the Foundation’s national and international $300 million capital campaign.

Chairman Mayor Bloomberg said, “Building this Memorial requires tremendous support from both the public and private sector. Cathy Blaney has unparalleled experience in building public-private partnerships and I look forward to having her spearhead the Foundation’s fundraising campaign. Her energy and dedication will ensure that individuals, corporations, and foundations lend their support to our important effort.”

Cathy Blaney has over twenty years experience in fundraising in New York State and across the country. Ms. Blaney raised $84 million in cash and services as the chief fundraiser for the 2004 Republican National Convention’s NYC 2004 Host Committee. She also served as fundraiser for poltical candidates including President George W. Bush, Senator Joseph Lieberman, Governor George Pataki, Governor M. Jody Rell, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ms. Blaney has also planned national and international fundraising campaigns and events for non-profit organizations and philanthropic causes, including the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institute and the Metropolitan Foundation.

Honorary Chairman Governor George E. Pataki said, "Cathy Blaney has been a trusted friend and adviser for many years. I am pleased that she has agreed to help spearhead the Memorial’s fundraising efforts to ensure that future generations know the story of this hallowed ground and of the men and women who so bravely perished here. Cathy brings tremendous talent, enthusiasm and years of development experience both in New York and around the nation. Her experience and unwavering commitment will ensure that the Foundation quickly reaches its goal and I am looking forward to continue to work together as we build a memorial worthy of the heroes of September 11th.”

“It is a great privilege to work on the campaign to build the World Trade Center Memorial,” Ms. Blaney said. “As a lifelong New Yorker, I couldn’t be more honored to work on a project that has such a profound meaning to our City and our nation. I look forward to working with the Foundation to raise the remaining funds needed to build a moving and powerful tribute to those lost on September 11, 2001.”


In Memorial Designer Michael Arad’s original scheme to place the names of the deceased in no discernible order, he referred to creating “meaningful adjacencies” within the names to be inscribed on the North and South Pools. The idea for meaningful adjacencies has now been further developed into a design concept of ten identified groupings, which will tell the story of where people were during the September 11th attacks and grouping together the victims from the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. With meaningful adjacencies, the names of the deceased appear to be in no discernable order, reflecting the haphazard brutality of the deaths, but would nonetheless allow, for example, siblings and colleagues who perished together at the site to have their names listed side-by-side.

Names placed at the North Pool will include two groupings: those who worked at or were visiting Tower 1 on September 11th, 2001; and individuals who lost their lives on Flight 11 which crashed into Tower 1. A total of 1,518 names will be placed at the North Pool.

The South Pool will include the other eight groupings: names of individuals who worked at or were visiting Tower 2; individuals who died on Flight 175 which hit Tower 2; those who died in the Flight 93 crash in Shanksville, PA; those who died on Flight 77 which crashed into the Pentagon; those who died at the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001; those killed in the February 26, 1993 bombing; the first responders; and those whose specific location when they perished is not known. A total of 1,461 names will be arranged around the South Pool.

First responders will be grouped together on the South Pool by command, precinct, or company as appropriate (eg. Ladder 24) so that those lost from the New York City Fire Department, the New York City Police Department, the Port Authority Police Department, and Court Officers can be listed together. The ranks of individual first responders will not be listed.

During a meeting today, the Executive Committee of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation Board of Directors approved this design concept.

“The question of how the names are listed evokes strong feeling and convictions from relatives, colleagues and friends of those we lost. I have spent a lot of time listening to everyone’s views on the subject and there is no ‘right’ answer. Nevertheless, it is time to move forward. I believe the solution we present today strikes the right balance and although I don’t expect everyone to be happy with it, I can assure everyone that their views were heard as we struggled with this question,” Mayor Bloomberg said.



The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, Inc. is the not-for-profit corporation founded in 2005 to realize the Memorial quadrant at the World Trade Center site. The Foundation will raise the funds, oversee the design, and operate the Memorial, the Memorial Museum, and a Visitor Orientation and Education Center located on 8 of the 16 acres of the site.

The Memorial will remember and honor the thousands of people who died in the horrific attacks of February 26th, 1993 and September 11th, 2001. The design, "Reflecting Absence," created by Michael Arad and Peter Walker consists of two voids that reside in the footprints of the original Twin Towers surrounded by a plaza of oak trees. The Arad/Walker design was selected from a design competition which included more than 5,000 entrants from 63 nations.

In early July, the Foundation launched a national public campaign to help raise the funds needed for construction and planning of the Memorial and Museum.

Donations can be made through the Foundation’s website, and more information on the Foundation can be found at www.buildthememorial.org or by calling 1-877-WTC-GIVE.

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WTC Memorial Foundation – Lynn Rasic, 212-312-8800
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