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PostPosted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:32 pm    Post subject: TRIBTUE CENTER, CLARIFIES MISINFORMATION
From Wed Mar 02, 2011 3:00 am to Sat Mar 05, 2011 2:59 am (included)
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March 2, 2011


"It has come to our attention that a flyer has been circulated stating that the play "Performing Tribute" was produced by the Tribute Center in conjunction with the Cordoba Initiative. This is inaccurate -- the play was not created under the auspices of our organization, or in partnership with us, and we are not sponsoring this event.

To further clarify, this production is the result of a separate and independent collaboration involving some of our volunteers and Donna Kaz, the show's producer. Our volunteers are a diverse group with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, but they all share in the very laudable goal of helping all to heal from the horrendous attacks of September 11, 2001. Every day our volunteers share their experiences and show great strength and hope for the future. With over 400 volunteers, those efforts are wide and varied and are independent of our programs. This very excellent play is but one example of those efforts."

As the milestone of 10 years since 9/11 approaches, many people are continuing to struggle. There remains a great deal of anger, pain and silent suffering. As Lee Ielpi, the co-founder and Board President of the Tribute Center who lost his son Jonathan Ielpi an FDNY firefighter, has said to hundreds of visitors who come to the Tribute Center to understand the personal effects of 9/11, I cannot change the events of 9/11, I cannot bring my son back, but I can work to make the world a better place for my grandchildren. I can make the world a better place by helping people understand the effect on humanity of terrorism and why we must work every day to stop it.

About the Tribute Center Volunteer Program

The Tribute WTC Visitor Centers Volunteer Program offers an opportunity for people directly affected by September 11th to lead guided walks of the WTC site and share their stories with visitors. In addition to the walking tour program, volunteers can also act as gallery guides in the Tribute Center. Tribute Center volunteers are all part of the 9/11 community family members, survivors, Lower Manhattan residents, first responders, recovery workers and volunteers. Tributes volunteers participate in many other 9/11 organizations and have handled the effects of 9/11 on their lives through a diversity of ways. All carry a heavy weight in their hearts and choose to express their experience to the public through our volunteer tour program. The volunteer program creates a constructive and supportive channel for people affected by 9/11 to be able to tell their personal story and to share it with visitors who come from around the world to visit the World Trade Center site.

To learn more about the volunteer program visit http://www.tributewtc.org/walktours/meet.php

About the Tribute WTC Visitor Center

The Tribute WTC Visitor Center is located at 120 Liberty Street along the south side of the World Trade Center site. The center was created by the September 11th Families Association to share the personal stories of victims, survivors, rescue and recovery workers, volunteers, and residents of Lower Manhattan. By engaging visitors in the authentic experiences of those most affected by the events of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001, the centers five galleries and its walking tour program convey the courage, grief and heroism of those who responded to the tragedy.

The Tribute WTC Visitor Center is open seven days a week: Mondays, and Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 10AM to 6 PM; Tuesdays from noon until 6 PM; and Sundays from noon to 5 PM. Walking tours around the perimeter of the World Trade Center site are also conducted daily by volunteers who share their personal connection to 9/11. For further information, please visit our website, www.tributewtc.org. For school or group reservations of 10 or more people, please contact Tribute Visitor Services at (866) 737-1184.

The Tribute WTC Visitor Centers School Program and website for teachers help both students and teachers construct a deeper understanding of the importance of these historic events in their lives, in our city, nation and the world at large and empower students to become more active in humanitarian action in their communities. For more information please visit http://www.tributewtc.org/programs



Ben Urizar, Marketing Manager - 212-422-3520, ext. 141

Email: burizar@tributewtc.org

Jennifer Adams, Chief Executive Officer - 212-422-3520. ext. 111

Email: jadams@911families.org
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