Celebs and JCU organization support 9/11 charity

September 8th, 2011

The Hollywood Hills are alive with support for the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

A national public service announcement campaign entitled “I will (pay tribute)” commenced this past August, featuring relatives of 9/11 victims and survivors of the attacks.

The PSA shows celebrities such as Samuel L. Jackson, Mariska Hargitay, Ali Larter, Hilary Duff and Jordin Sparks encouraging others to engage in good deeds and volunteer in honor of those who lost their lives one decade ago. Cleveland’s own Cavs point guard Baron Davis has reached out to become a part of the “I Will” campaign, along with New York Yankees’ first baseman Mark Teixeira.

The John Carroll Conservatives have jumped on the bandwagon as well, as the organization will host a “Never Forget” memorial service this Sunday to honor those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks a decade ago. The event will begin at noon on the Quad. John Carroll students and community members are welcome.

At the event, donations will be put toward the Twin Towers Orphan Fund to raise money for children who lost one or both parents on 9/11 by providing long-term higher educational assistance and mental and physical health care assistance.

Celebrities participating in the “I Will (pay tribute” campaign are also sharing their good deed plans for 9/11 and urge others to join in the cause by saying “I will,” the initiative’s mission to “remember by doing.”

“I will take the kids from the Rising Stars of America Foundation to clean up the beach,” pledges Davis on the “I will” movement’s website.

Actress Ali Larter said she will donate her time with her husband and newborn son each Sept. 11 by going to a hospital and working with children.

The campaign is a part of the 9/11 Tribute Movement that has annually recognized a Day of Remembrance each year since 2002.

Since it’s creation, the Movement has been joined by over 22 leaders in the 9/11 community to help it grow, such as Alice Hoagland, mother of Flight 93 hero Mark Bingham, Mary Fetchet, co-founder of Voices of September 11, and Cindy McGinty, a 9/11 window.

For more information about the event on JCU’s campus, contact