The Firefighter Christopher Santora Educational Scholarship Fund Website

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Our Reason for Being…

In Memory of Christopher, with Love

Following in the footsteps of his Firefighter father, Christopher Santora was a member of Engine 54/Ladder 4 for only 2 months before he lost his life tragically on 9/11. Before he signed up for the FDNY Fire Academy, he’d already followed in the footsteps of his mother as a teacher in the NYC Public School system. No grass grew under his feet, as they say. Christopher had a certain, special “something.”

In memory and celebration of Christopher and the special person he was, the Firefighter Christopher Santora Educational Scholarship Fund is dedicated to the continuing education of young American students from all walks of life who have something special about them as well.

We award scholarships not based on school grades, or recommendations, or academic successes. In fact, we never even know to whom we’re awarding the scholarships until we’ve determined the winners. So how do we pick our scholars?

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Featured Items

Remember Me Run 2014

Our Annual 2 Mile Run to raise funds for children of deceased Ground Zero "pile" workers

Posted in the “Site News” section on August 26th, 2014

On Saturday, September 13th, 2014 we will be hosting our Annual 2-Mile “Remember Me Run” in association with St. Michael’s Cemetery.

The event is open to everyone and is a beautiful way to honor the responders who died from illnesses that they contracted as a result of their work on “the pile” at Ground Zero in the aftermath of 9/11.

Please come out and join us!

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Oh, What a Night!

Our 13th Annual Dinner Dance was a Wonderful Time!

Posted in the “Dinner Dance” section on June 14th, 2014

The 13th Annual Firefighter Christopher Santora Educational Scholarship Fund Dinner Dance was held on Friday, June 13th, 2014 at Riccardo’s by the Bridge, and it was a simply wonderful evening!

If you were able to make it, we thank you for helping us to celebrate our Scholarship Winners, and for helping us to keep alive the memory of Christopher, who was certainly with us in Spirit!

If you weren’t able to make it, we hope that you’ll keep the date set aside for next year: Friday, June 12th, 2015. We also hope that you will consider making a donation to the Scholarship Fund, as we rely on these to be able to continue our mission of helping students continue their education.

Finally, a word of thanks to Riccardo’s by the Bridge, who always does such a superb job in hosting our Annual Dinner Dance. Thanks to Tony and all the staff who always execute brilliantly! Please consider Riccardo’s if you are planning an affair that you want to turn out wonderfully!

We hope to see you all Friday, June 12th, 2015!

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2014 Guardian Angel Award

Jennifer Santora, Patricia Santora Cardona & Kathleen Santora

Posted in the “Site News” section on June 11th, 2014

This year we honor three very special people in our lives. They have supported us for the past 13 years: Jennifer Santora, Patricia Santora Cardona and Kathleen Santora, our daughters!

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Remembering 9/11

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Posted in the “Site News” section on September 11th, 2013

Each day for the past 12 years Al and I have remembered September 11, 2001 as the saddest day of our lives. On that hate filled day our only son Christopher was murdered. He was one of 2,974 people who died that day. He was our only boy. He will be forever be remembered by us.

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We Remember

Posted in the “Books” section on June 4th, 2010
We Remember

My third book, We Remember, is a special keepsake. When I decided to begin the project asking family members to write about their loved ones as they were growing up, I wanted to make sure that the families understood how important this legacy would be to future generations. It was a difficult request to ask parents and siblings to write about their sons and daughters and brothers and sisters. Putting into words what was important brought myriad emotions. I was aware that wounds would be opened, but I also knew that when the story was written all who participated would be glad that they had made the effort.

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The Day the Towers Fell

Posted in the “Books” section on January 28th, 2009
The Day the Towers Fell

“The Day the Towers” Fell was written to help explain what happened on September 11, 2001. This book tries to explain the horrors of 9/11 in a less graphic way. It was written with love by a 27–year NYC Public School teacher/childhood educator who is also the mother of one of the 343 Firefighters who lost their lives that day.

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My Son Christopher

Posted in the “Books” section on January 27th, 2009
My Son Christopher

“My Son Christopher” is the story of a mother’s unconditional love for her son. “No matter what he ever did I loved him because he was my son,” the author, Maureen Crethan Santora, explains.

Written for the 5–8 year old age group, this is a book that seeks to nurture and reassure, something all of our children can use more of.

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Interview with Maureen and Al on the death of bin Laden

Posted in the “Site News” section on August 27th, 2011

Maureen and Al shared their thoughts on the death of Osama bin Laden with the Al Jazeera network.

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What’s New?

2014 Man of the Year

Congressman Peter King

Posted in the “Person of the Year” section on June 13th, 2014
2014 Man of the Year

We cannot think of a better person to honor as our Man of the Year than Congressman Peter King. He has proved many times that he is a friend not only of the 9/11 families but a friend of the military and a friend who has vowed to keep America as safe as it can be. He is clear speaking and vocal about things that he believes will harm America. His message is always the same. In America we fight for freedom. In America we prosecute those who would deny a fellow American their right to freedom.

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Maureen & Al with Shepard Smith

Discuss 9/11 Families Meeting with Pres. Obama

Posted in the “Site News” section on May 5th, 2011

Click through to view the complete video.

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No Mosque at Ground Zero

Is it possible to be astonished, but not surprised?

Posted in the “Site News” section on August 16th, 2010

Video from Pat Condell, British comedian, on the Ground Zero mosque controversy. Except he’s not being funny, he’s being very, very serious. It’s worth your 6 minutes. Trust us.

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Military Tribunal of Majid Shoukat Khan

USS COLE and 9/11 Conspirator receives 19–25 years for his role as an Al Qaeda operative.

Posted in the “Site News” section on March 8th, 2012

Dear USS COLE and 9/11 Families,

We write to update you on a recently concluded proceeding in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in United States v. Majid Shoukat Khan.

On February 13, 2012, Majid Shoukat Khan was charged in a Military Commission with five violations of the Law of War; Charge I: Conspiracy to Commit Murder in Violation of the Law of War, Providing Material Support for Terrorism and Spying; Charge II: Murder in Violation of the Law of War; Charge III: Attempted Murder in Violation of the Law of War; Charge IV: Providing Material Support for Terrorism; and Charge V: Spying. On February 15, 2012, the case was referred to a military commission as a non-capital case.

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A Special Book Recommendation

We thought that Christopher would have loved this book!

Posted in the “Site News” section on June 27th, 2011
A Special Book Recommendation

I met Gerald Meunier at a recent book publishing summit I attended to promote my books. He has written a wonderful book that I believe Christopher would have loved. I would like to recommend it to all of the site visitors as a great read. Please take a look at the book synopsis here. We think you’ll like it too!

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New Video: Sacrificed Survivors: The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Mosque

Posted in the “Site News” section on November 6th, 2010

A new video purports to shed light on the motives behind the proposed mega-mosque planned by the Cordoba Initiative for construction near the site of Ground Zero.

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What’s Up With That?

Posted in the “Site News” section on January 24th, 2010

Early in January the Huffington Post reported on International Living’s 30th annual “Quality of Life Index.” France ranked #1 and the image used as that country’s national symbol was, of course, the Eiffel Tower. The United States placed seventh and symbolizing us wasn’t the US Capitol or the Empire State Building; it was the missing World Trade Center…

It would be hard to imagine a worse message to send the world than a 1776-foot tombstone and the “largest manmade falls in North America” — whose roar will recall the horrifying sound of crumbling towers — instead of the simple, stirring memorial that belongs there. They might as well include a neon sign flashing “Second-Class Country.” A headline about a mock-up of the morbid memorial falls in the 1/23/10 New York Post read: “9/11 shrine’s cascade of grief begins flowing!” Who thinks we’ve become the kind of country that enshrines grief? Whose doing is that? Not the people’s — that’s for sure.

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Rebels With a Cause

Group Seeks to Ensure Rank and Title Appear with Names of 9/11 Responders

Posted in the “Site News” section on September 13th, 2009
Rebels With a Cause

Mayor Bloomberg, along with the 9/11 Memorial Planning Board, have long proposed that the Ranks and Titles of First Responders be stripped from the Memorial, and that they not be grouped separately as FDNY or PAPD or NYPD, etc. Rather, they would have the Rank-less and Title-less First Responder names be mixed amongst those of all of the deceased, so as not to “single them out” for extraordinary notice.

Please support the group ”911 Rank-Title Matter For All” in any way you can.

Learn more about this Group…

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From our 9/11 Headlines Page…

Most Recent News Post:

Guantánamo judge bows to prosecution, reinstates joint 5-man 9/11 trial

An alleged terrorist will be tried with four others including Sept. 11 mastermind Ramzi bin al Shibh after a judge reversed course on his decision to split the five-man trial.

In this pool photo of a Pentagon-approved sketch by court artist Janet Hamlin, defendant Ramzi Bin al Shibh, center, attends his pretrial hearing along with other defendants at the Guantánamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, Monday, April 14, 2014. From right to left are Mustafa al Hawsawi, partially cut off, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, Bin al Shibh, Walid bin Attash and Khalid Sheik Mohammad. JANET HAMLIN / ASSOCIATED PRESS

In this pool photo of a Pentagon-approved sketch by court artist Janet Hamlin, defendant Ramzi Bin al Shibh, center, attends his pretrial hearing along with other defendants at the Guantánamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, Monday, April 14, 2014. From right to left are Mustafa al Hawsawi, partially cut off, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, Bin al Shibh, Walid bin Attash and Khalid Sheik Mohammad. JANET HAMLIN / ASSOCIATED PRESS

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- The military judge in charge of the 9/11 terrorism trial bowed to a Pentagon prosecution protest Wednesday and agreed to go forward with a single, five-man, Sept. 11 death-penalty tribunal.

The judge, Army Col. James L. Pohl, had separated alleged 9/11 plot deputy Ramzi bin al Shibh, 42, on July 24 to have his own trial. He cited bin al Shibh’s unique conflict-of-interest and competency issues as slowing progress in the trial of alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and three other accused co-conspirators.

But prosecutors protested, in part, by citing the potential trauma that two trials might inflict on the families of the 2,976 people killed on Sept. 11, 2001, when 19 hijackers allegedly trained and funded by the five defendants crashed passenger planes into the Pentagon, the World Trade Center, and a Pennsylvania field.

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