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Warehouse Arts group, others plan 9/11 commemoration event

Bill DeYoung



Sculptor Mark Aeling speaks during the RISE St. Pete memorial dedication in December 2021. Photo by Bill DeYoung.

The Warehouse Arts District Association has partnered with American Freedom Distillery and the Remember Honor Support organization for a Sept. 11 commemoration of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 – a salute to the bravery of first responders and the resolve of America’s military and civilian population.

Starting with 10 a.m. remarks by St. Petersburg mayor Ken Welch and others at the RISE St. Pete Memorial on 22nd Avenue S., the “Patriot Day Memorial Event” continues in the Tully-Levine Gallery, inside the adjacent ArtsXchange campus center.

Steven C. Roach, Professor of International Relations in the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies at the University of South Florida, will moderate a panel discussion with World Trade Center Tower One survivor Michael Fineo;  Dr. Arturo Jimenez-Bacardi, Assistant Professor of International Relations in the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies at the University of South Florida; Jim Large, Fire Rescue Department Chief for the City of St Petersburg; Steven Melendez, Artistic Director New York Theatre Ballet; and Todd Post (Army, Retired), Assistant Director at the Office for Veteran Success at USFSP.

“This event is really for the entire community, from veterans, first responders to artists,” said Warehouse Arts District Association (WADA) Executive Director Markus Gottschlich in a prepared statement. “The impact of 9/11 on world history can be felt by everyone and we encourage open and engaging conversations at WADA.”

Tickets for the panel talk are $25.

Those who purchase panel/reception tickets ($150) will continue, directed by Admiral Farragut Academy cadets to the nearby Urban Stillhouse restaurant, operated by American Freedom Distillery, for a reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Guest speakers will be in attendance at the reception.

Proceeds will benefit RHS and the RISE Memorial; reservations must be received by Sept. 5.

Registration is here.

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