7/20 Memorial Foundation
~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 are passionate about honoring the survivors and families of the Aurora Theater shooting. Our mission is to continue to be a resource for other communities who experience mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional struggles after mass tragedy. The 7/20 Memorial Foundation envisions a world where all people are thriving and empowered in their healing path and where the need for mental health support in perpetuity is recognized, more readily available, and helps prevent other tragedies. We recognize and advocate for the many layers of mass tragedy resource needs, from triage to recovery to healing, for long-term resiliency. We encourage and support the need for all people to receive love and support prior to inflicting tragedy on others.
The permanent memorial “Ascentiate” now stands in the City of Aurora’s water wise garden as a beacon of light. The 83 cranes sculpted with care beautifully honor our 13 angels and 70 injured and their loved ones. The center flight stands tall speaking to the courage of the survivors and strength of the first responders and the surrounding cranes come from all directions as a statement of common unity. Together with the city of Aurora and the love, compassion and generosity from our community and beyond, a Space has been created where the community and those impacted by tragedy can go to reflect and remember their loved ones, gather strength and feel peace and hope.
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.
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 foundation is 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.