Thursday, October 11, 2012

Former President Bill Clinton Coming To Roosevelt Island For Dedication Of Kahn/FDR Four Freedoms Park Memorial On Wednesday October 17 At Southpoint Park

Former President Bill Clinton will be among the guests visiting Roosevelt Island for the October 17 dedication of the Kahn/FDR Memorial.

Would you like to join Mr. Clinton at the Dedication Ceremony. If so, click here for a chance to win seats for yourself and a friend to the dedication Ceremony.

As previously reported, the dedication ceremony may be delayed due to a lawsuit brought by one of the Kahn/FDR Memorial donors (Reed Rubin) over the placement of an inscription engraving.

If you are attending the dedication or visiting Southpoint Park in the near future take a few moment to learn about the FDR Hope Memorial

which will be located a few feet to the north of the Kahn/FDR Memorial

and depicts President Roosevelt in a wheelchair greeting a young girl wearing crutches.

More information on the FDR Hope Memorial available at their web site and previous posts.

UPDATE 10/15 - Another Kahn/FDR Memorial donor is suing the project sponsors over the failure to engrave an inscription as contractually agreed and wants the October 17 dedication ceremony delayed unless the donor is properly recognized. According the the NY Daily News:

... a philanthropist who donated nearly $11 million to a park honoring President Franklin D. Roosevelt says he’s getting a raw deal.

Alphawood Foundation chairman Fred Eychaner charges developers at the FDR Four Freedoms Park reneged on their promise of a prominent public display acknowledging his generosity....
Click here for the entire NY Daily News article.

Click here (and follow instructions) for the court filings in this case - Alphawood Foundation v Franklin D Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park LLC, 9 Index (653564-2012)

UPDATE 10/16 3:45 PM -  A spokesperson for Alphawood Foundation Chicago said:
We are pleased to have resolved this matter and look forward to the dedication of this wonderful monument to a great President.
More to come.