7/20 Memorial Foundation Reflection Memorial Garden
~Mayor Stephen D. Hogan, you are the heart of Aurora and we will feel your arms around us as we walk among the gardens~
The way in which Mayor Hogan reached out to our families and our Community after the tragedy will never be forgotten. He continued to be the wind beneath our wings as he championed our efforts to build the permanent 7/20 memorial. He will always be our inspiration for proving that we are Aurora Strong. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this difficult time. We look forward to standing beside all who were touched by the life of Mayor Hogan at the dedication of “Ascentiate” on July 27th, 2018 as we honor him knowing that it will truly be a place where we can go to experience the hope and healing that he will always be a part of.
~To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow~Audrey Hepburn
The 7/20 memorial foundation is composed of family of victims, survivors, and others directly impacted by the tragedy of July 20th, 2012. We have been raising money to build a memorial that will honor those whose lives were lost or changed forever as a result of the tragic events of July 20th 2012. Together with the city of Aurora, the foundation is creating a space where the community and those impacted by tragedy can go to reflect and remember their loved ones, gather strength and feel peace and hope. Our focus is adding to the unique and special features of the garden with benches and artwork. The garden will be an expansion to the Municipal Center Water-wise Garden located at East Alameda Parkway and Chambers Road. We also strive to be an inspiration of strength and resilience to others who have been impacted by not only mass violence, but any personal tragedy. Once the memorial is in place, we hope to find a way to pay the love forward that has been so generously given to us.
We could not have survived the journey without the outpouring of love, kindness and generosity that were sent after that tragic night that took the lives of Jonathon Blunk, age 26; Alexander “AJ” Boik, age 18; Jesse Childress, age 29; Gordon Cowden, age 51; Jessica Ghawi, age 24; John Larimer, age 27; Matt McQuinn, age 27; Micayla Medek, age 23; Veronica Moser-Sullivan, age 6 and her unborn sibling; Alex Sullivan, age 27; Alexander Teves, age 24; and Rebecca Wingo, age 32.
In 2012, A makeshift memorial was set up across from the theater and many people visited to reflect and remember. The space would only be available temporarily because of planned construction in the area, and the need for a permanent memorial became important to pursue.Thanks to all of your generous donations, on Auguast 26, 2017 at our annual “Reflection Garden on Tap” benefit, we were thrilled to introduce Douwe Blumberg , the artist chosen to create the 7/20 memorial . It was heartwarming to experience the expressions, hugs and tears of the crowd as they listened to his thought process in creating the piece titled “Ascentiate”. Douwe’s interview on NPR’s affiliate Colorado Matters sums up his passion, compassion and vision to grace the beautiful Reflection Garden with 83 magnificent cranes. He was inspired by the “1000 Cranes for Aurora” sent to Aurora in 2012 from a Community in O’Fallen Missouri. There are 83 cranes representing the victims and survivors of July 20th, 2012. The 13 cranes in the center of this piece will be translucent to honor those whose lives were taken. This piece will also represent the Community and all affected as each of the cranes will contain a canister that will be filled with tokens of remembrance from survivors, first responders, community members, and loved ones . Construction will begin in early July 2018, and we hope you join us at the dedication ceremony on Friday July 27th, 2018 at 6:30 PM.
Are You Willing to Donate?
We look forward to sharing the creation of something that will speak to everyone whose lives continue to be affected in some way by the tragedy. Please consider contributing to the peace and healing that will be felt by all who visit the 7/20 memorial garden. We continue to raise funds so that we may bring families who do not live in Aurora to the dedication of the memorial in July of 2018, as well as continue to pay it forward by reaching out to other communities who may experience tragedy. Your generosity and support is truly appreciated.
Our Commitment to Our Donors
We will not sell, share or trade our donors’ names or personal information with any other entity, nor send mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations.
To the extent any donations are processed through a third-party service provider, our donors’ information will only be used for purposes necessary to process the donation.
Third party fundraisers to benefit the 7-20 Memorial Foundation must be approved by the board. We always post approved events and donors on our social media. If you have concerns that someone is acting on behalf of our organization, please contact us.
Looking For Ways To Help?
The vision of the 7/20 memorial garden is for it to be an inclusive peaceful space that will touch all who were affected by the tragedy, and the entire Community. If you are a family member or survivor and are interested in participating in the ongoing discussion concerning the permanent memorial feel free to reach out to us using the Contact form on this website. Please know that you are always welcome to be involved as little, or as much, as you are comfortable with.