Governor Tom Ridge, Guest of Honor at New Jersey Golf Fundraiser for Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign

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The Honorable Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, will be Guest of Honor for the second annual Tuesday Before The Barclays golf fundraising event, August 24, 2010, at Essex County Country Club, in West Orange, NJ.

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It is a privilege to host an event dedicated to creating a permanent, national memorial to the Heroes of Flight 93

The Honorable Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, will be Guest of Honor for the second annual Tuesday Before The Barclays golf fundraising event, August 24, 2010, at Essex County Country Club, in West Orange, NJ. Ridge, the former Pennsylvania Governor, serves as Honorary Co-Chair of the Flight 93 Memorial Campaign. All proceeds from the event will help fund the building of the Memorial, on the 2,200-acre site where Flight 93 crashed on 9/11/01, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

“I am very pleased and grateful to be part of Tuesday Before The Barclays,” said Gov. Ridge. “This special event will move us closer to the creation of a national memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, as a permanent reminder of the bravery and heroism of the 40 men and women of Flight 93.”

Chris Sullivan, Co-Founder and Board Member of OSI Restaurant Partners LLC, is the Chairman of the Flight 93 Memorial Campaign, and will be the event’s Special Guest.

“We are only a year away from the tenth anniversary of 9/11, so the need to support building the Flight 93 National Memorial has never been greater,” said Sullivan. “We owe a special thanks to the Essex County Country Club for generously hosting a top event to help reach this goal. We are coming full circle because Newark Liberty International Airport, where Flight 93 originated, is just a few miles away.”

At 8:42 a.m., on September 11, 2001, United Flight 93, carrying a total of 40 crewmembers and passengers, took off from Newark Liberty International Airport, bound for San Francisco. Four minutes later, the first terrorist-hijacked plane struck the World Trade Center’s North Tower. At approximately 9:30 a.m., Flight 93 was hijacked. During the next 33 minutes, ordinary people on Flight 93 took extraordinary measures, attacking the hijackers and preventing them from crashing the plane into the intended target, believed to be the U.S. Capitol or the White House.

The plane went down in a field in remote Shanksville, Pennsylvania, about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
In April 2010, construction of the Flight 93 National Memorial—under the aegis of the National Park Service and its official charitable partner, National Park Foundation—began. The Flight 93 Memorial honors the memory of the 40 Heroes, who made the ultimate sacrifice to fight terrorism. The first phase of construction of the Memorial is due for completion on the 10th anniversary of 9/11/01. Many aspects of creating the Memorial have been driven by a remarkable grassroots effort. The Memorial will eventually encompass 2,200 acres—an area about 2.5 times the size of New York’s Central Park—and include design features known as the Field of Honor and the Sacred Ground, where Flight 93 came to rest.

“It is a privilege to host an event dedicated to creating a permanent, national memorial to the Heroes of Flight 93,” said Dennis Petrocelli, President of Essex County Country Club. “Although nearly nine years have passed since the terrible day our nation came under attack, we are still greatly affected by the memory of it. Many of us in the New York metro area, including members of Essex County Country Club, lost friends and family in the World Trade Center attacks. We stand in solidarity with Gov. Ridge, Mr. Sullivan, and all those working to create the Flight 93 Memorial.”

About the Memorial: The Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign, inspired by the courageous men and women of Flight 93, is working to create a permanent memorial and park where the hijacked plane crashed on September 11, 2001. The National Park Foundation is leading a national capital campaign, in coordination with several Flight 93 partner organizations, to build the memorial, renew the historic landscape, and promote a deeper understanding of all of the events of 9/11. For more information about the Flight 93 National Memorial, visit http://www.honorflight93.org.

About Tuesday Before The Barclays: This is the second annual event hosted by Essex County Country Club, played each year on the Tuesday before The Barclays, the PGA Tour that kicks off the playoffs for the $10 million FedExCup. The Barclays takes place this year at Ridgewood Country Club, in Paramus, New Jersey. Visit http://www.tuesdaybeforethebarclays.com.

About Essex County Country Club: Incorporated in 1887, Essex County Country Club is New Jersey’s first private country club. With a design and construction pedigree that includes A.W. Tillinghast, Seth Raynor, and Charles “Steam Shovel” Banks, the renowned Golden Age course has recently undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation. Improvements to the course continue under a Master Plan by noted golf-course architect Gil Hans. Visit http://www.essexcountycc.com.

For more information, please contact:

Joe Bargmann, Event Coordinator
jbargmann(at)gmail(dot)com; 917-207-8745

David Chmiel, Essex County Country Club
dgchmiel(at)verizon(dot)net; 201-400-5414

Karen Moraghan, Hunter PR
kmoraghan(at)hunter-pr(dot)com; 908-876-5100

Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign
flight93memorial(at)nationalparks(dot)org; 202-354-6488

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