The fifth annual Voices of September 11th "Always Remember" gala was filled with remembrance and heartfelt personal reflections at New York City 's Chelsea Piers on Wednesday, June 20.
Co-founder Mary Fetchet and gala Chairwoman Bonnie McEneaney, both New Canaan residents, planned an entertaining and commemorative evening honoring those lost on 9/11 and supporting the ongoing work of Voices of September 11th to provide assistance to 9/11 family members, survivors and rescue workers.
The evening began with a cocktail reception and silent auction featuring donations from New Canaan 's Elise Nursery, Franco's Wine Merchants, Gale Stafford Designs, Hoyt Livery, the New Canaan YMCA, The Glass House, The Linen Shop, and the Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty. As guests took their seats, Voices Board of Directors Chairman Kurt Wolfgruber welcomed the crowd of more than 350 guests.
The program included an address by Greenwich resident Kathie Lee Gifford and a performance of "Little Baby" with friend and composer David Friedman. The son was written for a close friend who lost her husband on 9/11.
The documentary film "Voices" was premiered. Building Bridges Awards were given to Christopher DelPozzo and Kevin P. Murphy of Lend Lease to recognize their efforts in building the 9/11 Memorial, which opened in September 2011 for the 10th anniversary. Musical entertainment was provided by opera singer Amanda Nisenson, a former New Canaan resident, as well as soloists Joan Carlo and Matt Thomas of St. Thomas More Church in Darien.
"Over 10 years after 9/11, Voices membership continues to grow and many families are contacting us for the first time. This year's gala highlighted the importance of providing opportunities to honor the lives lost as well as to share personal stories and recognize the strength and resiliency demonstrated by so many since September 12, 2001," said Fetchet.
Proceeds from the gala will support the Voices of September 11th 9/11 Living Memorial project, which chronicles the lives of the nearly 3,000 lost and documents firsthand accounts of rescue workers and survivors at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pa. The 9/11 Living Memorial contains a collection of more than 60,000 photographs, written materials and personal keepsakes and will continue to expand over time. Featured by the Clinton Global Initiative, the 9/11 Living Memorial Project will be a key component of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.