On October 8th, the First Responder Alliance attended the New York Islanders, Emergency Services Appreciation Night at the Nassau Coliseum. The New York Islanders had a pre-puck drop tribute to commemorate the 10th anniversary and families had the special opportunity to go on the ice after the game. Tuesday’s Children’s First Responder Alliance was honored to be part of the special commemoration.
As part of our ongoing series of Skills Development – Parenting Programs, Tuesday’s Children presented a communication skills program entitled Words Can Work with Jeanne Blake, noted author and facilitator. Jeanne presented am evidence based multimedia program designed to help parents and caregivers understand the importance of talking and listening to their children about the challenges young people face growing up. She stated that “When kids can talk openly with an adult they trust, they make healthier choices”. Words Can Work assists parents in holding important conversations that encourage healthy lifestyles and successful behaviors. Jeanne discussed how fostering safe and open communication within the family builds resilience and confidence in children and teenagers.
Jeanne emphasized that parents should encourage their children to share their feelings by asking open ended questions, such as “How are you feeling. I’d like to know” and share their feelings as well. “I’m sad because…” Jeanne stressed that parents should find opportunities to ask children their opinions, and give them a chance to make choices, while acknowledging their good choices. “I’m proud of your choice. Was that a tough decision?” In addition, Jeanne observed that parents can be more effective in keeping communication channels open when they are able to admit they don’t have all the answers, “I don’t know. Let’s find out together” and when they apologize for their mistakes, stating, for example “I’m sorry I yelled at you. I want to explain why I was so upset.” Parents who attended the program found this information very helpful and interesting.
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!