2011 - Police 10 - FD 9
This years game - Sept 23rd
10th anniversary Sept 11, 2011
NLPD and FDNL clean up McCourt garden after hurricane Irene.
Special thanks to
FD and all PD volunteers - Good job! Mrs Scott was thrilled!
On September 11, thousands of people were victims of the most horrific act of terrorism in America. Their lives and their promise were taken from them. Juliana was one of the youngest victims.
They were best friends, close as sisters, and they were headed to California. Paige Farley-Hackel, Juliana's godmother and Ruth McCourt, Juliana's mom were going to fly from Boston together on United Airlines Flight 175, but when Paige Farley-Hackel realized she could use frequent flyer miles, she got a ticket for American Airlines Flight 11 instead. The McCourt's said goodbye in the early morning hours at Logan International Airport in Boston on September 11th and boarded their planes.
The two women planned on meeting in Los Angeles to take Juliana to Disneyland. Farley-Hackel's plane was hijacked and struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The McCourt's flight, hijacked as well, crashed into the South Tower shortly thereafter.
In order to transform the devastation of September 11th into a constructive effort, the loving family of Juliana Valentine McCourt, in its inexpressible grief, has established a foundation in her memory to foster harmony, peace and understanding among the children of the world. The surviving family members will work together to attract contributions from caring individuals and organizations here and abroad. The Community Foundation of Southeastern Connecticut will receive and manage the gifts as part of its pool of charitable funds. The Juliana Valentine McCourt Children's Education Fund will award grants to non-profit organizations that strive to educate young people everywhere in the virtues of generosity, kindness and the appreciation of differences among cultures, races and religions.
10th anniversary Sept 11, 2011
Veterans field Wtrfrd
NL- 8 FD - 4
game played at Dodd Stadium 8/30
Game Sept 10th 2006
It's more of
a landscape than a garden. The six-acre September 11 Memorial Garden at
Lyman Allyn Museum in New London, created in memory of the local people
who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center, features a bird study
garden, an overlook garden, a vista garden, a children's secret garden
and a brick tea terrace. There's also an ethereal sculpture by Ana Flores,
and rebuilt terraces around the Deshon Allyn House. The public garden,
inspired by New London resident Ruth McCourt and her 4-year-old daughter,
Juliana, who were on one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade
Center, will be dedicated at 3:30 this afternoon. McCourt was an avid
gardener and, according to her friends, felt close to heaven when she
was working in a garden.
2004 - FD VICTORIOUS, BUT EVERYONES A WINNER !
September 11, 2004 – On a beautiful day and for a worthy cause, the Police and Fire Unions played their annual benefit softball game to honor the heroes and victims of 9/11, especially our local and littlest victim Juliana McCourt. The well prepared FD team out scored the PD, 10-5. The morning was highlighted by Mayor Gaynor who presented the teams with proclamations declaring 9/11/04 as police officer/firefighter appreciation day. State Rep. Candidate Ernie Hewett (D) threw out the first pitch and the FDNL Pipes and Drums performed in their usual fantastic fashion. Donations collected prior to the game, at the field and during the post contest picnic totaled $2,160.00. All proceeds benefit the Juliana Valentine McCourt Children’s Education Fund. The benefit game has raised nearly $7,300.00 in three years. Next year the goal is to pass the $10,000.00 mark. And to win! Thank you to all those who played and contributed.
Mr. McCourt Says Thank You!
21 – Mr. David McCourt hosted a small reception at the Lighthouse
Inn to say thank you to the New London Police and Fire Unions for their
efforts to raise money for The Juliana Valentine McCourt Children’s
Education Fund. Representing the Police Union were President Chip Segar
(picture to the right speaking with Mr. McCourt at the first benefit softball
game), VP Mike Strecker, E Board member Rich Cable and his parents. Mr
and Mrs. Perrone were instrumental in raising nearly $800.00 this year.
Representing the Fire Union was President Gary Batch, Firefighter Joe
Nott and “Piper” Chris Grills. Others in attendance were,
community activist Jay Wheeler. McCourt family friend, Gail Schwenker-Mayer
and Julian McCourt’s grandmother, Paula Clifford. Mr. McCourt is
a man of few words, but he is deeply touched by our efforts and our commitment.
The New London Police Union Local 724 and the New London Firefighter Union Local 1522 have adopted The Juliana McCourt Childrens Education Fund as their charitable cause. The first annual benefit softball game held at Veterans Field (2002) raised $4,000 with the police winning 12-7. The 2003 benefit game raised $1,130 with the fire department winning 6-0.