Thank you for attending the November Accelerent Breakfast powered by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance.
I would like to thank my Accelerent Partners and their guests for embracing the Accelerent nonprofit initiative we launched last January. As a collective, we have made an impact in our community and have provided support to several local nonprofit organizations. At the breakfast in October we introduced the Johnson County Christmas Bureau and asked you to volunteer your time to the 2013 Holiday Shop. Today I want to shift your attention to the 9/11 Memorial which is being funded by the Arts and Recreation Foundation of Overland Park.
The Arts and Recreation Foundation of Overland Park was incorporated in 1995 for the purpose of supporting parks and recreation services for the City of Overland Park, Kansas. Their mission is to provide and promote art, recreation, nature, education, and culture that build community and enhances the quality of life. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised funds and accepted donations for capital improvements at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead and the Public Art Master Plan. You might recognize some of their fundraising events which include: The Nutcracker Tea Party, Holiday Luminary Walk, Council President’s Arboretum Golf Tournament, Spring and Fall Plant Sale, Georgia’s Chicken Run, OP Farmstead Stampede 5K, Pumpkin Hallow, and Night of the Living Farm. Their largest fundraiser is Stems: A Garden Soiree, which is currently scheduled for June 28, 2014.
The list of projects fully or partially funded by contributions to the Foundation and its Friends groups is impressive. Among them, and located at the Overland Park Fire Training Center, is the 9/11 Memorial. Standing at the focal point of the 9/11 Memorial is a 14-foot steel beam from the World Trade Center. It weighs 5,600 pounds and is said to be one of the largest pieces of remains from the World Trade Center to be used as a memorial around the nation. Gifted to Overland Park after an application process spearheaded by Overland Park Firefighter, Trevor Miller, the beam is treated as remains, with great reverence, dignity and respect. The design for the 9/11 Memorial centers around the World Trade Center Artifact and has a two-fold mission: remembrance and education. As such, the memorial was designed so that on September 11, the sun’s light passes through a hole in the top of the metal, lighting a medallion on the memorial plaque that details the first flight hitting the World Trade Center. The light then moves to the other three flights’ plaques, lighting them at the precise times that they each crashed.
On September 11, 2012, the 9/11 Memorial at the Overland Park Fire Training Center dedicated its first phase. Phase one of the memorial included work and surface, as well as the erection of the steel artifact and the four education panels, that tell the stories of the flights that crashed on September 11, 2001. Recently, two additional design elements of the 9/11 Memorial received funding, the Victim’s Panel and the Memorial Benches. The remaining elements in the Memorial’s design include the Weeping Wall, the Donor’s Panel, and additional memorial lighting.
A donation from you will contribute to this final phase. To donate online, please visit http://arfop.donorshops.com/product/E12485E/contributiontothe911memorial.php. You can also text to give by texting Steel to 80888. This texting option will automatically add $10 to your cell phone bill.
Thank you for helping The Arts and Recreation Foundation of Overland Park fund a memorial that will help us remember and educate . My team and I look forward to seeing you at a future Accelerent event.