7/20 Memorial Foundation Reflection Memorial Garden
~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 by someone who sat in a Starbucks and asked patrons to write notes of encouragement and fold a crane to send to us. There are 83 cranes representing the victims and survivors of July 20/, 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 .
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.
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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.