Monday, August 22, 2016

The Power of the Shamrock

September 11 Memorial 
- Spring Lake, New Jersey

Spring Lake Memorial has a beautiful memorial dedicated to its residents and neighbors who were murdered on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.  Among those who is memorialized on the shrine is Donald W. Robertson, Jr. 

Mr. Robertson, who was thirty-five years old at the time of his death, was a vice-president at Cantor Fitzgerald and was in his office on the 105th floor of the North Tower when the tower was struck.  He never made it out of the building.  

On September 25, 2016, the 15th annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run shall take place.  Thousands of people, including the Missus and me, shall travel through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel from Brooklyn into Lower Manhattan.  And once again this year, one of the event's stalwarts is Kathy Robertson Cunningham of Spring Lake.  She is Donald Robertson, Jr.'s sister and the architect of the fund-raising juggernaut, Team Shamrock.  

Team Shamrock

Team Shamrock first ran in the T2T in 2005.  In the decade-plus since, its effect has been nothing short of extraordinary.  In 2014, its 300-plus members raised $150,000 for the Siller Foundation.  Last year, they raised more than $200,000.  

From something terrible, something incredible has grown.  A testament to the man whose life is being honored.  A testament, as well, to the woman whose love for him ensures that irrespective of the number of years he has been gone, he shall never be forgotten. 


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