Rev. Dr. Donald Anderson
Executive MinisterRI State Council of Churches
Mr. Dan Barry
RI Faith Communities Support Fundraising Efforts
for the Station Fire Memorial Park
May 2016 is All-Faith Community Support Month
Providence, RI — On the cold night of February 20, 2003, Rhode Island’s worst tragedy occurred. One hundred people died in the Station Nightclub fire that has been described by many as Rhode Island’s 9/11.
A statewide fundraising effort is underway to open the Station Fire Memorial Park in fall 2016 on the site of the tragedy. So far, over $1,650,000 has been raised of the $2 million goal to build the permanent Memorial Park.
Faith communities of Rhode Island have been involved from the first hour as they worked together to support victims’ and survivors’ families. “Rhode Island communities of faith have had a profound impact on the healing process, but we recognize there is still great pain and healing ahead of us, “said Rev. Dr. Donald Anderson, Executive Minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches. “We welcome the opportunity to work together to help build this much-needed Memorial.”
May 2016 is All-Faith Community Support Month. Over 500 congregations and communities of Rhode Island will be asked to raise funds using their own traditions, such as second collections, special events, suppers, individual/family giving or budget donations, for example. “This is a historic effort where all faith communities can help bring healing, peace and solace,” said Rev. Dr. Anderson.
Rhode Island State Council of Churches
Press Release, March 23, 2016
Every participating congregation will help pave the way for the permanent Memorial and will be remembered with a personalized Memorial brick. The bricks will be a part of the Memorial Park’s Commemorative Walkway (please see attached artist rendering of the Memorial Park at http://www.stationfirememorialfoundation.org/sfm-park/ ). The easily downloadable brochure for the Memorial Park is also found on this site.
To make a donation, give through your faith community’s efforts or contact Dan Barry, Station Fire Memorial Park Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-996-1772. Direct donations can be made at www.stationfirememorialfoundation.org.
For information about getting your congregation/community involved, please contact the Campaign Faith Community Chair, Rev. Dr. Don Anderson at 401-461-5558 or at 401-578-0388.