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Telethon to help raise funds for 9/11 memorial in Washington Township, Pa.

September 04, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • This artist's rendering shows the current design for a Sept. 11 memorial at Red Run Park in Washington Township, Pa.
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ROUZERVILLE, Pa. — Helping build a Sept. 11, 2001, memorial in Washington Township, Pa., will soon be only a phone call away.

Volunteers working on the memorial at Red Run Park are putting together a fundraiser scheduled for Tuesday.

Country station WAYZ will broadcast live from the park from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. as call-takers work a phone bank for donors.

So far, just shy of $28,000 has been raised for the memorial, which will feature artifacts from Ground Zero in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the Shanksville, Pa., field where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed.

The original fundraising goal for the memorial was $110,000. However, in-kind donations of materials and labor are driving down the overall project cost.

Washington Township Manager Mike Christopher said schedules are being coordinated to start foundation work at the memorial site in the park.

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Six phone lines will be set up for Tuesday’s fundraiser, volunteer Ann Backer said.

“We’ll have three deejays on duty,” Backer said.

WAYZ and its parent company, VerStandig Broadcasting, want to support the community that supports the station, General Manager Blake Truman said.

“We felt it was a good opportunity to support something that is unique,” he said, saying the memorial organizers worked hard to obtain artifacts from all three sites of Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The public is invited to visit the Pa. 16 park, where food will be sold Tuesday. Subway will be offering breakfast, Bare Bones BBQ will have barbecue and other sandwiches, and Antietam Dairy will bring ice cream, Backer said.

Guest speakers including state Sen. Richard Alloway, Waynesboro Mayor Richard Starliper and local pastors will be speaking on the radio on the hour each hour, Backer said.

“All these people are going to talk about the importance of 9/11 in the community,” she said.

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