Hard Rock Café Holds Event to Raise Money for the Pentagon Memorial FundPress Release - Saturday, October 6, 2007
Pentagon Memorial Fund, Inc.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 6, 2007-(Washington, DC) - Today the Hard Rock Café in Washington, D.C. hosted Representatives of the Pentagon Memorial Fund who were attending a pin trading fundraising event for the Pentagon Memorial. Hard Rock Cafés from across the globe are taking part in the event as the auctions and trading of collector item pins were simultaneously taking place in Osaka, Japan; Manchester, England; Memphis, TN and Salt Lake City, UT.
The event raised over $6,000 with all the proceeds going towards support of the construction of the Pentagon Memorial, which will be completed in September of 2008. More than $500 of the total was raised from the staff of the Hard Rock Café in Washington, D.C. by pledging server tips and making personal donations.
"This was a real honor for our staff and our restaurant to take part in the building of this important memorial," said A.J. Laban III, general manager of the Hard Rock Café in Washington, D.C. "Anytime our restaurant can help out in this effort we want to. September 11th is a day that touched everyone and helping to turn that day of tragedy into something positive is an opportunity we are proud to be a part of."
Pentagon Memorial Fund President James J. Laychak said, "Attending an event like this is very special for me as well as for Pentagon Memorial Fund Board Members Rosemary Dillard and Abe Scott, who were with me that day at the Hard Rock Cafe. The generosity and care the staff and organizers showed us was very special and what more could you ask for when you are having fun and raising money for a great cause?"
The Pentagon Memorial is being built on a 1.9 acre parcel of land adjacent to the Pentagon and within view of the impact zone where American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building during the attacks of September 11th, 2001. The memorial will include 184 cantilevered benches that represent each victim who lost their life that day. The Pentagon Memorial will cost $22 million to construct as well as a $10 million lifetime endowment. The Pentagon Memorial is expected to open in September of 2008.
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