STATION MEMORIAL FOUNDATION MEETS AMBITIOUS FUNDRAISING GOAL

PLANS SPRING DEDICATION CEREMONY TO HONOR LOST LIVES

CONTACT:  Patti Doyle, 401-374-2553; patti.doyle@gmail.com

station-fire-memorial-newWARWICK, RHODE ISLAND, OCTOBER 17, 2016:  The Station Fire Memorial Park Campaign has achieved its ambitious goal of raising two million dollars and has now set its sights on a Spring dedication ceremony to unveil a meaningful Memorial Park dedicated to the 100 souls who lost their lives on February 20, 2003 at the Station Nightclub tragedy.

According to Former Governor Donald Carcieri, governor at the time of the fire and co-chairman of the Station Fire Memorial Park Leadership Committee, the fundraising goal was achieved from both corporate and personal contributions. “We are very grateful to Rhode Island businesses – large and small – who stepped up and contributed in meaningful ways to this Memorial Park,” noted Governor Carcieri.  “We are also extremely grateful for the thousands of Rhode Islanders who in some way were touched by this tragedy and responded so generously.”

The Leadership Committee also announced that while it had hoped to hold a dedication ceremony this month, construction delays have necessitated postponement of the opening until the Spring. “It’s important that the park be fully complete to respect the memory of those who died there. The full effect of this unique sanctuary will best be realized when both building and landscaping are complete.”

The Memorial Park will include individual granite monuments with each victim’s name and date of birth, a gathering courtyard, memorial steps that are each dedicated to a unique group that played an important role in the tragedy, and a commemorative walkway, all surrounded by twelve memorial gardens and stone walls.  It is being built by Gilbane Building Company, who Governor Carcieri credited for supervising both in-kind and paid contractors involved in the construction of Memorial Park.

The Governor concluded, “I can’t underscore enough the collaborative nature of this undertaking which starts with Gina Russo, a survivor and co-chair of this project who has poured her heart and soul into every aspect of the Memorial. She has been supported by a volunteer board of directors and a Campaign Leadership and Honorary Leadership Committee that includes business leaders, interfaith clergy and union officials from our state, working side-by-side with survivors and victim’s family members to deliver a fitting tribute to the 100 souls who lost their lives that tragic day.”

The Station Fire Memorial Foundation is an all-volunteer, 501C3 charitable organization. www.stationfirememorialfoundation.org.