Pentagon Memorial Fund Receives $250k Donation from the Pfizer FoundationPress Release - Friday, February 1, 2008
Pentagon Memorial Fund, Inc.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2008-(Washington, DC) – Today the president of the Pentagon Memorial Fund James J. Laychak received a $250,000 donation from the Pfizer Foundation to be used toward the construction of the Pentagon Memorial. During the check presentation ceremony, which took place on the grounds of the Pentagon Memorial, Rich Bagger, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Public Affairs and Policy, Pfizer Inc., presented Laychak and several members of the Pentagon Memorial Fund’s Board of Directors with the check and expressed his support for the project. Robert Mallett and Tony Principi of Pfizer Inc. were also present at the ceremony.
“We are proud that the Pfizer Foundation has the opportunity to contribute toward the building of the Pentagon Memorial. As we near the September 11, 2008 unveiling of the Memorial, we are reminded of the lives lost at the Pentagon nearly seven years ago and are privileged to be a part of the memorial in their honor,” said Rich Bagger, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Public Affairs and Policy, Pfizer Inc.
“This is obviously very exciting and we are thrilled that the Pfizer Foundation wants to be a part of this special memorial,” said Laychak, who lost his brother David Laychak in the September 11th, 2001 attack on the Pentagon. “We have about $7 million more to raise but because of the generosity of groups like the Pfizer Foundation, I’m more convinced than ever that we are going to reach our goal and get this memorial built.”
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 his or her life that tragic day. The Pentagon Memorial will cost $22 million to construct and another $10 million will be raised to provide a lifetime endowment for maintenance.
The Pentagon Memorial will open on September 11th, 2008. For more information about the Pentagon Memorial and learn how all those interested can support this project, please visit www.pentagonmemorial.org.
About the Pentagon Memorial Fund:
The Pentagon Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization established by the families of the 184 victims of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks in Washington, DC. The Memorial Fund's mission is to provide for the construction and permanent maintenance of the Pentagon Memorial, a beautiful park located at the grounds of the attack that will provide a place for reflection, remembrance and renewal.