Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the keynote speaker at the New Canaan-based Voices of September 11th's sixth annual Always Remember Gala Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Guastavino's in New York City.
The Building Bridges award will be given to New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly.
"It is especially meaningful to have our longtime friend Secretary Clinton as keynote speaker at this year's Voices gala," Mary Fetchet, Voices co-founder and a New Canaan resident, said in a release. "Over the past 12 years, she has played an instrumental role in helping our families, New Yorkers and our country heal after the tragic events of 9/11. We are grateful for her unwavering support and guidance, and inspired by her strength and leadership."
Bonnie McEneaney, New Canaan resident and Voices board member, and her sister-in-law Deb McEneaney have planned a evening that will raise funds for the organization's ongoing work to provide long-term services for 9/11 families, survivors and responders. The event will also support the organization's efforts to help families and communities heal after other tragedies, by sharing best practices in preparing for, and responding to and recovering from acts of mass violence or natural disasters. During the evening, Voices will announce the details about the new initiative.
The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by Clinton's keynote remarks, dinner, the Building Bridges Award and a special musical performance. Singer/songwriter Mary Fahl will perform a song she wrote, "Dawning of the Day," to recognize the sacrifices of the 9/11 responders.
The Building Bridges Award, initiated in 2004, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the 9/11 community and the nation. Past recipients have included New York Giant George Martin, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Hillary Clinton.
Tickets start at $250. For information, visit www.voicesofseptember11.org or call 203-966-3911.