Building to remember gala moves to hyatt

Overwhelming Response to Event has Resulted in a Change of Venue

The Building to Remember Gala will be the major fundraising event for Huntington Beach’s 9/11 Memorial. Scheduled for Sunday, February 10, 2013, the event has been moved from The Waterfront Beach Resort – A Hilton Hotel to the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, in order to accommodate more attendees. The event, which will include cocktails and dinner, as well as unique silent and live auctions, features a 9/11 first responder and family members of one of the fallen first responders. Captain Kevin Devlin (Ret.) of the Port Authority Police Department of New York and New Jersey who was a first responder, Mrs. Arlene Howard, mother of Officer George Howard who was a first responder and lost his life while rescuing others, and Officer Howard’s son, Firefighter Chris Howard, who is now with the New York City Fire Department, will inspire the guests with their personal stories.

Shortly after September 11, 2001, members of the Huntington Beach Police Department traveled to New York where relationships were formed with first responders and survivors that have grown into lasting friendships. As a result, The Huntington Beach Police and Firefighters Associations were provided steel from the World Trade Center to build a monument in Huntington Beach. Artist and fabricator, Patrick Vogel, won the design competition for the memorial which will incorporate the two pieces steel. His memorial encompasses all aspect of that fateful day – the flights, the Pentagon, and the most iconic image – the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Patrick Vogel will be at the dinner to share his vision and display a model of the memorial. The two pieces of steel recovered from the Twin Towers will also be on display,

Anyone interested in supporting the memorial by attending the event, may visit the website for additional information about the Gala. An invitation is available on the website: or they may contact Dennis Hashin, Gala Chairman, at 714-842-8851.

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