9/11 musical “Come from Away” announces Broadway dates & benefit concerts

The Broadway opening of the new musical Come from Away is scheduled for Sunday, March 12, 2017, reports Imogen Lloyd Webber on Broadway.com. The new show depicts the kindness with which residents of tiny Gander, Newfoundland treated 6,579 stranded air passengers as planes were forced to land there on 9/11. Previews will begin on Saturday, February 18, 2017.

The musical will run at a not-yet-named Schubert theatre.

There will be two benefit concert performances on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Steele Community Centre in Gander. All of the proceeds from the concert will be donated to Newfoundland charities.

Before the Broadway opening, the play will run from September 2 through October 9, 2016 at Ford’s Theatre in Washington; then will play Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre from November 15, 2016 until January 8, 2017.

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Saying thanks to the 350 rescue dogs who responded on 9/11

A statue in honor of the working dogs who helped during and after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 has been unveiled. Essex County Eagle Rock September 11th Memorial in West Orange has commissioned a 5,000 pound, four-foot high rescue dog statue to mark the contribution of the search and rescue dogs and therapy dogs who worked at the site of the World Trade Center and Pentagon, writes Jessica Mazzola of NJ Advance Media for NJ.com.

The statue was designed by the sculptor Jay Warren and was paid for through corporate donations.

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Pentagon survivor raises cancer funds with 24-hour bike ride

On September 11, 2001, Rafael Matos was inside the Pentagon when hijackers flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the E ring of the building, reports Andrew Michaels in the Howard County Times. This month, Matos will ride his bicycle 160 miles in 24 continuous hours to raise funds for cancer patients. The “24 Hours of Booty” ride will take place from 2:00pm on Saturday, August 20, 2016 until 2:00pm on Sunday, August 21, 2016. 400 riders are expected.

The ride raises money for the Livestrong Foundation and the Maryland-based Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

After the attacks, Matos struggled with survivor guilt. Now a psychologist, Matos finds meaning in helping people battle cancer.

‘”I moved forward with a different focus in my life and make every minute count. After that experience that I felt that day, I tell the cancer patients who are going through this fight right now to enjoy every minute because there’s a lot to life that we should be very grateful for and many times we don’t see it that way,” he said.

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