7/20 Memorial Foundation Reflection Memorial Garden
Please Help Our Garden Grow!
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 raising money to build a memorial that will allow all to remember, reflect and renew. It has been a long road to recovery and healing, and the journey countinues.
We could not have survived the this far 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.
Thoughts and prayers were shared with our families, community and the heroes and survivors of that tragic night from people around the nation and the world.
It was a rough 3 years waiting for the trial to begin, but once it did, we again recieved emotional support from everywhere. “Love To Aurora” launched a facebook and twitter campaign in a show of support. Even with the support, it was difficult to focus on planning and raising money for the memorial. But now the trial is behind us and we can move forward and focus on something positive, a memorial that will honor not only loved ones lost, but also the strength of the survivors, heroes, the community and everyone who was impacted by the tragedy.
The memorial will be a part of the Reflection Garden, a planned expansion of the Aurora Xeriscape Garden. The City of Aurora is generously donating the land, paths, garden and maintenance of this space that will hold the memorial, while the memorial foundation and committee are focused on adding special features such as artwork, benches, etc. that will enhance the space and create places for individuals to take in the beautiful and serene area. 100% of the funds raised for the foundation will go toward the memorial itself. We have heard from different organizations that have estimated the cost of a project like this can range from $100,000 to $200,000.
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.
Memorial Garden Artist Selection
We are proud to announce the four finalists who were chosen to create a proposal for the art piece that will be a part of the reflection garden:
- Douwe Blumberg: http://www.douwestudios.com
- Ted Clausen: tedclausensculpture.com
- Jim Gallucci: http://jimgalluccisculptor.com
- Nobuho Nagasawa: http://art.stonybrook.edu/nagasawa/
We were very happy with the enormous response from artists who submitted interest in creating our memorial. We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all who took the time to reach out to share their amazing talent and hearts. Regardless of our decision, each and every one of you is now a part of our journey and you have already made a positive impact.We will announce the selected artist at our August 26th, 2017 event.
Are You Willing to Donate?
Right now the garden is a blank slate and we look forward to begin creating 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. 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.