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Fundraising Ramps Up For Sept. 11 Memorial In Cos Cob Park

An artist's rendition of the planned Greenwich September 11th Memorial that is planned for Cos Cob Park. Organizers hope to raise the remaining $500,000 in order to have it built next year.
An artist's rendition of the planned Greenwich September 11th Memorial that is planned for Cos Cob Park. Organizers hope to raise the remaining $500,000 in order to have it built next year. Photo Credit: Contributed photo
Gervais Hearn is director of development for the Greenwich September 11th Memorial planned for Cos Cob Park.
Gervais Hearn is director of development for the Greenwich September 11th Memorial planned for Cos Cob Park. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

GREENWICH, Conn. -- The group spearheading a 9/11 Memorial in Greenwich is a third of the way toward reaching its goal of building the memorial in the new Cos Cob Park.

The Greenwich September 11th Memorial has already raised about $250,000 of its $750,000 goal, said Gervais Hearn, director of development. She's confident the group will raise the money in order to have the memorial built next year.

"Absolutely. We have a terrific board working on this and more and more people are becoming aware of it," Hearn said.

Hearn was recently director of development at Christ Church, which just finished a $10 million capital campaign. She said she was looking for another challenge.

"Everything about the project attracts me," she said. "It is a constant honor to be working on this." Hearn has been working for the last two months in her current position.

Even when people cannot donate money, they are very supportive of the project, she said.

She said the park is a perfect spot for the memorial as is located in a beautiful setting that overlooks the water.

The design of the Greenwich September 11th Memorial features two clear glass towers clad with an American flag motif, with each strip containing the names of those with ties to Greenwich who lost their lives in the towers, according to the description on the organization's website.

The towers are 12 feet tall and are 20 inches square. They will be placed on a hillside in the new Cos Cob Park that overlooks Indian Harbor.

Compass points radiate from the plaza's center Manhattan's World Trade Center site, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., the site of the plane crashes in the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

The glass towers sit on stone pavement reminiscent of the World Trade Center plaza, which winds down two spiraling hillside paths connecting to the park's perimeter circulating paths.

The two towers will have the Stars and Stripes design on them with the stars set at the top and stripes running down.

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