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August 27, 2003

Media Advisory                  

Contact:  Lisa Orloff, September Space, 212-563-7570, lorloff@septemberspace.org

For Immediate Release        

September Space in conjunction with Families of September 11, Inc. and supported by Tuesday’s Children are hosting a Luncheon for the Victim’s Family members on September 11th from 11:00-2:00 at September Space to view: The September 11th Remembrance Quilt.

In October of 2001, the students of Holy Angels Academy, in Buffalo, NY, a private, all girls, Catholic high school that has approximately 330 students, began a unique project.  They invited schools across the country to contribute an 18x 94 quilt patch in memory of the victims and heroes of September 11, 2001.  Student volunteers were organized in groups of 2 or 3 students and were assigned a state.  They were asked to find addresses of schools and newspapers in their state.  Letters were sent inviting the schools to participate and press releases were sent to the newspapers. In November of 2003, over 3000 letters were sent out in all.  By February of 2003, they received 375 quilt patches representing 46 states.  Students then volunteered to help sew them together.  The quilt was going to consist of 25 columns containing 15 quilt patches each.  Student volunteers were given 15 patches that made up a particular column.  They took them home and sewed them together.  Then, on two separate weekend days, students, teachers, parents, and community members, sewed the 25 columns together to form the final quilt. 

The quilt measures 23 feet in height and 37 feet in length and weighs approximately 90 pounds.  In April and May of 2002, the quilt hung in the Arts and Industries building in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.  On September 11th , 2002, it was hung on the outside of our school building in memorial of the victims, this year the quilt will be displayed at September Space a volunteer community center helping those effected by the attacks of 9/11/01.

Located at 520 Eighth Avenue on the 11th floor between 36th and 37th street in Manhattan, we are easily accessible to all trains, buses and the Long Island Railroad.  This event would not have been possible without the generous support of:  Families of September 11, Inc.