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July 12, 2012 - 9/11 Freedom Rally Kickoff Dinner

What: Kickoff dinner and preview of the second annual 9/11 Freedom Rally to be held Sept. 7-9, 2012, at Arapahoe Park Race Track

Where: Arapahoe Park Race Track

When: Thursday, July 12, 2012

Time: 5-8:30pm

Ticket Prices: Individual: $50, couple: $95; active military/first responder: $40

EMCEE: Dave Delozier 9News/KUSA reporter and photographer

Staff: Volunteer hostesses: Mary Nader, Karin Rager, Heather Jent, Channing Schmuck, Sarah Lockwood

Welcome: JJ Margiotta, Colorado Charity Alliance chairman

Speaker: Brigadier General Trulan A. Eyre, Commander, 140th Wing Colorado Air National Guard; Mayor Steve Hogan, City of Aurora

Catering: M&J Restaurant; cakes donated by Sweet's Custom Cakes & Bake Shop

Music: The Kory Brunson Band

Sponsors: 9News, Arapahoe Park, 98.5 KYGO, Colorado Charity Alliance, Law Tigers Motorcycle Lawyers, Visit Aurora Colorado, TAG Insurance Services Inc., Horan & McConaty, Motorcycle Rider News, Safeco Insurance, Colorado Charity Alliance's Cup of Joe coffee, Aurora Media Group, Aurora Chamber of Commerce

Attendance: 150

Attire: Business attire, military dress

Special Thanks: Bruce Seymore and Mile High Racing & Entertainment; Honor guard from Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office: Deputy Justin Lane, Deputy Nathaniel Wright, Deputy Brian Worthy, Deputy Jana Cates, Deputy Matt Miller

Florist: Centerpieces created by: Khaled Hamideh and Najwa Khalaf, of Flag World; Valerie Chavez, of Red Batter Cakery

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Event Coordinator: Cathy Chavez

Board of Directors: James Margiotta, Chair; Bob Clements, Treasurer; Paul Sojourner, Secretary; Paul Lucken, Michelle Bernard, Donny Ottaway

Steering Committee: Michelle Mallin, Cathy Chavez

Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Perry

 (l to r): SSgt. Dean Sanchez, Kyle Doying, Teresa Anderson and CCA's board chair JJ Margiotta
(l to r): SSgt. Dean Sanchez, Kyle Doying, Teresa Anderson and CCA's board chair JJ Margiotta

Program an electronic device or just grab a pen, but save three dates—Sept. 7-9, 2012—for the second annual 9/11 Freedom Rally at Arapahoe Park Race Track. Whether it was a military hero, veteran TV reporter, metropolitan mayor or dedicated patriot speaking, the message at this year’s 9/11 Freedom Rally Kickoff Dinner was loud and clear: Remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001, honor our heroes and celebrate America. Around 150 gathered at Arapahoe Park Race Track on July 12 to show their support for this year’s upcoming, three-day festival of activities—all with a singular purpose to “honor and respect those who serve and protect.”

The preview party, hosted by Colorado Charity Alliance, began with plenty of hors d’oeuvres and beverages at a reception held at Arapahoe Park’s event venue. Guests adjourned to a sit-down dinner prepared by M&J Restaurant, with festive red-white-and-blue-themed cakes donated by Sweet’s Custom Cakes and Bake Shop.

Award-winning 9News photojournalist Dave Delozier served as emcee during a dinner program that featured remarks by Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan and Brig Gen Trulan Eyre, Commander, 140th Wing Colorado Air National Guard. Delozier talked about covering the events of 9/11, Hogan expressed his anticipation for the rally and discussed the importance of remembrance, and Eyre gave a riveting first-hand account of patroling the skies in an F-16 on Sept. 11 to protect Coloradans from possible threats. Delozier responded with what most remember: With commercial flights suspended, the only sound he and his wife could hear that night was that of F-16s from Buckley Air Force Base flying overhead. “We heard it and we felt protected,” he said. “Now I know who that was and I thank you," as the crowd stood and applauded.

Board chair and co-founder of the 9/11 Freedom Rally, JJ Margiotta spoke passionately about the event and its true purpose. He told the crowd it is definitely designed to be a large public event—a fun experience that incorporates a spectrum of activities for all ages. But overall, he wants people to know it was created to mark the anniversary of the day that forever changed America, while also celebrating its citizens’ resilience. Simultaneously, he is dedicated to the event bringing awareness to the service and sacrifice of our veterans, active military, police, firefighters EMS and their families. 

The three-day 9/11 Freedom Rally will be held at Arapahoe Park on Sept. 7-9, and includes the Colorado’s Fallen Heroes Memorial Motorcycle Ride, Honor Our Heroes Golf Tournament, a memorial field of 10,000 American flags representing the fallen, the 9/11 Heroes Run—a 5K run/walk, a “rock-n-roll” car show and custom-motorcycle show, the Colorado’s Fallen Heroes Project exhibit, plus concerts, tons of food, vendors and demos. To participate in the ride, the run or golf tournament, or to sponsor an honor flag, complete details and updates are online at:

Colorado Charity Alliance is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization that works with charities statewide, creating sustainable solutions for fundraising, special events, merchandise, marketing, branding, new media, social media and public relations. The majority of CCA donations go to support the charities of first responders, active-duty military, veterans and their families. There are no employees—the group is comprised of a volunteer board of directors, supplemented by event volunteers and supporters, plus individual contractors when needed. CCA funding comes primarily from public support and the group solicits sponsors of financial and in-kind donations to help fund events and defray costs. To learn more, visit

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