Building Corporate Tribute

On June 24, the 9/11 Tribute Center hosted a benefit reception at One World Observatory along with Zurich North America, honoring their work in Building Corporate Tribute and establishing an innovative corporate responsibility program. A celebratory and poignant time was had with spectacular views of New York City and the New York harbor.

Mayor Giuliani attended in support as a long time friend of Board President Lee Ielpi and Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Adams-Webb. Mayor Giuliani has been involved with the Tribute Center since its inception. Mr. Ielpi shared in his remarks how the Mayor has always gone above and beyond to support the community affected by 9/11, promoting programs of healing and recovery.

Governor Andrew Cuomo sent greetings to everyone gathered in a letter shared by Mrs. Webb which stated his admiration for how “the business community in Lower Manhattan was severely impacted, yet came back with an incredibly strong resolve to rebuild our great City – its businesses, homes and institutions – and to help renew the lives of people affected by that day.”

Guests gathered to learn more about how the 9/11 Tribute Center has empowered those who were directly impacted by the events of 9/11 to educate the public over the past decade. Through programs and exhibitions, the 9/11 Tribute Center guides share their inspirational stories of strength and resilience.

Tracy Lampert, Zurich North America Commercial Chief of Staff shared her thoughts on the Zurich commitment to employees and the importance of the KAMP Award to employee engagement and corporate values. Mrs. Lampert continued by saying “It’s critical that we remember the tragic events of 9/11 and pay tribute to those who lost their lives. We’re proud that our KAMP Award continues to honor our fallen colleagues each year while inspiring our employees to make a difference. Being recognized for a program that’s so close to our hearts is truly a special honor.”

In 2002, Zurich North America created the KAMP Award as a living legacy to honor four employees lost on 9/11 – John Keohane, Peggy Alario, Kathy Moran and Lud Picarro. KAMP is an acronym for their last names. The award recognizes Zurich colleagues for outstanding achievements, and is an enduring way to remember and inspire others to make a difference.

The 9/11 Tribute Center honored Tracy Gazzani a volunteer at Tribute Center since November 2008. Mrs. Gazzani dedicates her volunteer work in memory of her son Terry who worked at Cantor Fitzgerald. She is a retired New York City school teacher who leads the Tribute Center’s exceptional educational programs providing age appropriate discussions with students and inspiring critical thinking about the events of and recovery from 9/11.

The reception closed with a panoramic sunset and ecstatic silent auction winners. Guests left the event with a deeper understanding of how corporate leadership can empower civic engagement as a demonstration of resiliency.

The reception was supported by Zurich North America, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, American Express, Rubenstein PR and World Trade Center Properties, LLC among many other generous friends and patrons.