Tuesday’s Children’s Postcards for Peace project was featured in an exhibit at the Tribute WTC Visitor Center in the months of August and September. Over 80 participants created postcards with images of their hopes for a more peaceful and loving world.
Several hundred family members of Tuesday’s Children joined staff and Board Members for a private luncheon after the World Trade Center Ceremony on Sunday, September 11th. Hosted at Merchants Cafe in downtown Manhattan, families were able to come together and enjoy wonderful food and friendship that offered respite on such a somber day.
Several hundred members of Tuesday’s Children took part in the remembrance ceremony at CitiField. Responders, families, board members, staff, mentors, volunteers, endurance athletes and supporters of Tuesday’s Children joined together to be spotlighted at the ceremony.
Adults assembled and unfurled a gigantic American Flag and presented it on the field during Marc Anthony’s performance. Representatives of the Responder community flanked the stadium and both the Mets and the Cubs players personally escorted 86 children of Tuesday’s Children onto the field. A moment of silence was held and every person in the stadium held up candles as the lights dimmed in the stadium.
Special thanks to every member of the NY Mets Organization for making this possible.
On Sunday, September 11, approximately 400 families of Tuesday’s Children joined together for a once in a lifetime on-field halftime experience. On what was sure to be a solemn evening, Tuesday’s Children were part of an amazing tribute. Family members and Responders formed the two footprints of the 9/11 Memorial using flashlights, while Five for Fighting performed. During the on-field tribute, Tuesday’s Children was recognized as the entire stadium honored the 10th anniversary.
A few families, representing the NYPD, FDNY and PAPD took part in the coin toss with President George W. Bush and were able to meet him before the game.
A special thanks to the Jets organization and the National Football League for supporting Tuesday’s Children.
On Friday, September 9th, Tuesday’s Children closed the New York Stock Exchange with family members, Board Members and supporters in tow. Many thanks to Bob Power at NYSE for providing us with this special opportunity.
September 9th, Tuesday’s Children’s First Responder Alliance hosted the first Responder Recognition Event at Antun’s in Queens Village, NY. Every Responder registered with Tuesday’s Children was invited to be recognized for their service by joining us for this momentous evening.
Responders and their guest enjoyed delicious food, live music by the Tara O’Grady and the Black Velvet Band and a keynote address by Retired Army Brigadier General Loree Sutton. The FDNY Emerald Society Bagpipe Band opened there presentations and God Bless America was sung by Alyssa Curcio, recording artist and daughter of a Responder. Friday night was part of a three event collaboration with the FealGood Foundation and the 9/11 Parks Committee for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.
Every Responder in attendance was personally presented with the commemorative coin that was specially commissioned for this event by Tuesday’s Children’s First Responder Alliance and the event closed by a tribute performance sung by Alyssa. The First Responder Alliance has been generously funded by a SAMHSA grant for 2009-2011 and this event marked this momentous yet solemn anniversary for Responders. Special thanks also goes to the NY/CT Viper Club Committee for their support of this event.
On August 10th and August 13th, the First Responder Alliance hosted Responders and their families on our annual fishing trip aboard the Taryn-Ann Charter Boat! Families boarded the Taryn-Ann at Captree State Park’s Boat Basin in Babylon, NY for an afternoon of fishing.
One special part of the trip was Captain John flying his commemorative “Remember September 11th“ flag donated by a fellow Responder. Families caught Fluke, sea bass, and a sting-ray while out at sea. As one of the most popular summer programs, many new families joined the First Responder Alliance for fishing with Captain John and his crew.
Special thanks to Captain John and his crew for providing the memorable trips!
Tuesday’s Children’s Mentoring Program had the opportunity to meet and spend time with Yankees players on July 26th, 2011. As part of Hope Week 2011, Tuesday’s Children was one of the charities chosen out of thousands to be recognized and treated to a day like no other.
The day highlighted the Mentoring Program with special recognition to Keith Pryde, Mentor of the Year 2011. Keith and Robert have been matched since 2008 and together they threw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium! The day included a water fight at the South Street Seaport Beach over lunch, a water taxi ride, tours of the stadium, time on the field for batting practice and watching the Yankees beat the Mariners!
Members of the First Responder Alliance came together to enjoy a warm day at the beach! New registrants and families that have been involved for years, joined us for great food, time on the beach, team games, fun music and time together as a community. One of the guest said “Thanks to all of you for the great beach day yesterday. Having a 15 year old smile all day and participate while hanging out with her parents says a great deal about the atmosphere she was in.” The second annual Sandy Hook Beach Day happened on July 21st at the Sea Gull’s Nest Restaurant at Sandy Hook. We always appreciate the kindness of our hosts, Scott, Tina and Ed Segall, who have partnered with Tuesday’s Children for almost a decade!
On September 10th, at the Tuesday’s Children Gala, we launched a new pro-bono ad campaign created by Havas World Wide, which will run on television and in print media throughout the next several months.
Click the images below to view the new videos:
“Home Videos” 60 Second Spot
“Pictures” 60 Second Spot