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Graphic representation of a completed panel. Click the stars to see the full panel.
Hi. My name is Doreen Lynn Saunders. I am creating The Americana Stars Memorial, a 9/11 remembrance mural. It consists of 50 separate 2-1/2' x 4' panels
and more than 3000 different stars. Each panel will have 64 unique stars, all cross-stitched by hand. The name of a victim will be stitched under each star.
When it is finished, it will be approximately 200 feet long. More than 50 stitchers around the country have offered to help. The National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York
is interested in displaying and protecting the completed mural at their location and making it available to other museums and educational venues around the country and worldwide.
For the past 9 years, I have been supporting this project with my savings. The materials
(Aida fabric, embroidery floss, lighted magnifier, fusible interfacing, etc.) are all made in the USA and most of it has been donated by the manufacturers.
However, all of that has now changed. There will be project expenses that I will not be able to cover and the memorial needs your help.
Fortunately, I have some ideas about how to accomplish that. All of these ideas are part of a grass roots effort so that every American can contribute to the process
in some way if you choose. You can:
- Sponsor-a-Star for someone who lost their life on 9/11,
- Make a Donation through Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts organization representing this project,
- Purchase Products through the Cafepress store.
(All profits go to the production of the memorial.)
- Stitch-a-Star - cross-stitchers and needle artists can make a donation and receive layouts for some of the stars I have created.
Don't forget to download your free star design right now!
The Americana Stars Memorial is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)3
non-profit arts service organization. Contributions on behalf of this project made through Fractured Atlas are tax-deductible to the extent
permitted by law. Participation through Sponsor-a-Star, Make a Donation and Stitch-a-Star are tax deductible and you will receive a customized certificate.
The buttons in the left side bar will take you to pages that will explain each of the 4 options. Since I know there will be questions, please feel free to email me
from the bottom of this or any page on the website.
You can view and read all about this project at The Americana Stars Memorial or click the button in the side bar.
The following websites are publishing my story with some very complimentary introductions (I am grateful).
SPECIAL NOTICE -- On October 20th, 2012, the Harbor Light Pub in Rockaway Park, NY sponsored and hosted a "Thank You" event for everyone who sponsored the star of a
9/11 victim from the Rockaways and Broad Channel. On October 29th, 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit. The Harbor Light Pub burned to the ground along with a dozen adjoining
buildings amid tremendous widespread devastation throughout the Northeastern coast of the USA. Many locations were so decimated by fire, wind, rain and flooding, it looks like
it went through a time machine and ended up in war-torn Europe during WWII.
Throughout the years, I have had the priviledge to get to know how wonderful and close-knit the families of the Rockaway communities are. The Graybeards is an organization
that was started following September 11, 2001 by a basketball league in the Rockaways of the same name. They have helped many people along the way and have made a generous
donation to The Americana Stars Memorial in an effort to make sure that the stars of 9/11 victims from the Rockaways and Broad Channel will be sponsored. Read all
about them and the inspiring work they do at www.graybeards.com. This is a group of gentlemen that
can absolutely be trusted with your heartfelt donations to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. As always, 100% of all donations are used to help people. All administration costs
are paid for by the members themselves, which they consider to be a priviledge.
Read about The Rockaway community and the Graybeards in a terrific article with photos published in
The New York Times.
(If your computer brings up a notification bar, click the "Show All Content" button to see the entire article and photos. Otherwise, scroll down to read the text.)
Rego Park, New York, 11374 USA
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If you have any questions about usage, please email Doreen
at the link above and she will be happy to talk to you.
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