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VOICES 11th Annual Always Remember Gala will be held on Tuesday, September 24 at the New York Athletic Club in New York City. Our annual gala is always a testimony to the strength and resiliency of the 9/11 community as we come together to reflect and remember.

Join us on September 9th and 10th for clinically informed presentations from leading researchers, mental health practitioners and victim support organizations and insightful presentations, panel discussions and peer-to-peer opportunities designed to promote healing and resilience

All of us at VOICES are deeply saddened by the loss of our cherished friend and leader, Kurt Wolfgruber, who passed away last week after courageously battling pancreatic cancer. For over a decade, Kurt served as VOICES Chairman of the Board guiding the organization with integrity, compassion and enthusiasm.

It is with deep sorrow that we regret to inform you that our dear friend and leader, Kurt Wolfgruber, passed away peacefully this morning following a brief, but serious illness. For over a decade Kurt served as Chairman of the Board at Voices of September 11th, with dedication and commitment to ensuring all those impacted by 9/11 had the support they needed to heal.

Responders and survivors stricken with 9/11-related illnesses need our help. In the days and months following the attacks, over 90,000 responders who worked in the recovery effort and 400,000 survivors who lived, worked, or went to school in the area were exposed to toxins in Lower Manhattan. Today over 40,000 are in treatment for life-threatening illnesses, including over 100 cancers. With each passing day others are diagnosed and sadly, over 2,100 have died.

During the month of May we are promoting Mental Health Awareness, a cause that is near and dear to our hearts. VOICES has always been a staunch proponent of promoting resiliency through education and connecting individuals with resources that promote mental health wellness. Building awareness and destigmatizing treatment for mental health conditions is the first step.

On March 28 and 29, VOICES hosted "Preparing for After: Planning for Effective Response Following Acts of Mass Violence" at Grace Farms, in New Canaan, CT. The trainings provided an overview of VOICES preparedness trainings that document best practices for community stakeholders in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from acts of mass violence.

The heartbreaking news of the recent suicides of two Parkland students and the father of a child who was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting is a sobering reminder of the profound long-term impact these tragedies have on families, survivors, and the community-at-large. At this somber time, we offer our sincere condolences to their families and friends as they try to come to terms with yet another unimaginable loss.

March is National Professional Social Work Month. Did you know that there are over 680,000 social workers in the United States? Social workers play an important role in advocating, educating and helping improve the lives of those they support. Our work at VOICES is fundamentally guided by social work practices and most importantly a steadfast commitment to providing continuity of care for the 9/11 community.

February 12 marks the tenth anniversary when we remember VOICES co-founder Beverly Eckert and the other 49 individuals and an unborn child who perished when Continental Flight 3407 crashed in Buffalo, New York. Beverly was traveling to Buffalo to attend a ceremony at Canisius High School.

As we begin the new year we would like to thank our donors and partners for your support in 2018! Thanks to your generosity Voices of September 11th continues our mission of providing critical support services and access to resources and mental health care for victims' families, survivors and responders.

We wish you and your family a joyous holiday season with peace, warmth, an joy in the New Year! Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

VOICES Resiliency Symposium: Knowledge to Practice, Pathways to Long-Term Healing was held on Sunday, September 9 in New York City. The event focused on providing a victim-centered approach to responding to acts of terrorism and mass violence and bridging the gap between research and practice.

As we gather to commemorate the 17th Anniversary - in New York City, at the Pentagon, in Shanksville, PA and in local communities, we remember the 2,977 precious lives lost on that tragic day. September 11 is also a day to remember all those who have been affected since. We pay tribute to the over 2,000 who have died of 9/11 related illnesses, and the over 40,000 survivors and responders who are currently in treatment for serious medical and mental health conditions.

As the 17th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, we invite you to visit VOICES 9/11 Living Memorial Project, commemorating the 2,977 lives lost and documenting the stories of survivors. As you reflect and remember, consider adding a personal reflection or story to our collection.

We hope you can join us at the beautiful and serene Grace Farms for our summer interns' annual community presentation. Our interns from New Canaan High School will present "Reflecting and Moving Forward: Stories of Resiliency After 9/11." The program is free and open to the public. The presentation will include a video that chronicles the stories of survivors and responders, highlighting their personal resilience and the relevance of 9/11 today.

Tomorrow, Tuesday August 7 at 12:00pm, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Committee is hosting a Congressional briefing to discuss the mental health needs of victims of terrorism. As you know, this is a topic that has always been near and dear to my heart. I am participating on the panel along with John Feal from the FealGood Foundation and others. The event will be LiveStreamed.

VOICES 10th Annual Always Remember Gala was held on April 12 at the New York Athletic Club in New York City. A special thanks to ESPN's Mike Greenberg for serving as our emcee and congratulations to this years' honorees - Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and 60 Minutes Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan. Our speakers' inspirational stories of resilience contributed to a strong sense of community as we came together to reflect and look to the future with optimism.

In the wake of yesterday's shootings in Florida many schools have implemented police security. Parents in our local community are asking for guidance on how to answer their children's questions about the shootings and the increase in security, as well as addressing concerns about their safety. We wanted to share interviews that our friends, Dr. Robin Gurwitch and Dr. Melissa Brymer participated in, and a link to suggestions from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network to help guide your conversations with your children and teens

Join us on April 12 for VOICES 10th Annual Always Remember Gala at the New York Athletic Club in New York City. ESPN Host Mike Greenberg will be the Emcee. 23rd United States Secretary of Defense, Leon E. Panetta will receive VOICES Leadership Award and 60 Minutes Correspondent, Lara Logan will receive VOICES Building Bridges Award.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in partnership with Voices of September 11th invites you and a guest to 25 Years Later: The 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, Then and Now.

VOICES Founding Director Mary Fetchet was recently featured in the CNN article A Force For Change: Coping with Grief Through Activism and Advocacy. Mary shared her personal story of finding meaning in tragedy.

Voices of September 11th is conducting a brief survey to assess the needs of our membership. Your participation is highly valued and will help guide the development of our programs and support services.

We are writing to remind you that oral arguments in the lawsuit against Saudi Arabia will take place this Thursday, January 18 at 10:00am in New York City. We encourage those who are able to attend to do so, as your presence shows the courts that those of us who lost loved ones on 9/11 are still actively united in our attempt to hold accountable all those who participated in the attacks.

THANK YOU to everyone who generously donated to VOICES annual appeal this year! Your contribution helps us help others by making a difference in the lives of thousands of individuals and families we are privileged to assist. If you have not yet planned your year-end charitable giving, we hope you will consider making a donation to support our ongoing work.