By: Marla Watson, Publicist
One of the most important things we can do is to say thank you to those who help defend others. Its an honor and to be honest, it just feels good. With all the turmoil in the world, it is refreshing to give back and just have some fun. Today we are hosting a “First Responder” event with the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance and members of our Dallas West End Association. This community style “come and go” event will be honoring and thanking the first responders who risk their lives every single day to keep us safe. The restaurants and businesses in the district have all come together to create a menu and will be providing breakfast and lunch for Police, Fire & Rescue, Paramedics and many other First Responder agencies.
The event takes place at the museum, and we will be serving meals served on the fly from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.so that the responders can just come and go. When first planning the event, Chef Russell Mertz of Ellen’s Souther Kitchen and West End Chairman Joe Groves worked together with Paula Norse, museum Director of Marketing and Communications (and West End Association member) to create something that was not only easy, but healthy and delicious. Everyone from the West End Association was eager to help, so instead of doing something off of each restaurants menu, Chef Mertz worked in tandem with Chef/Owner Tony Street of Y.O. Steakhouse, Chef Ronald “RV” Von Hatten of RJ Mexican Cuisine and Hoffbrau Steak’s of Dallas owner Rainey Fogiel to create a special offering for the day.
The event coincides with the opening of a special new exhibit at the museum, “Ground Zero 360: Never Forget”, honoring the victims of the 9/11 attacks and the heroic first responders who put their own lives at risk to save others.
“The Dallas Holocaust Museum supports Upstanders – people who stand up in defense of others – and we are proud to have the opportunity to honor the first responders of the 9/11 attacks as well as first responders from our own area,” said Mary Pat Higgins, the Museum’s President and CEO. “This installation pays tribute to the men and women who displayed an incredible amount of courage and acted selflessly during one of the most terrifying and chaotic times in our nation’s history.”
“Ground Zero 360: Never Forget” displays the work of Nicola McLean, a New York-based Irish photographer who captured powerful images in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. Her husband, Paul McCormack, was the presiding New York Police Department Commanding Officer of the 41st Precinct at the time. Together they created the exhibit in remembrance of the victims of the attacks and in honor of the heroic actions of the first responders who worked tirelessly in the hours, days and weeks that followed. This event will be a part of several accompanying events for first responders that will take place throughout the day on July 2, and we encourage you to come to the exhibit and experience it. The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.
The launch events are made possible by support from a number of community partners, including the West End Association including many West End Restaurants & Businesses, GUNS & HOSES Foundation of North Texas , Dallas Hispanic Firefighters Association, Black Firefighters Association Inc of Dallas, Center for American and International Law and the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. A special thank you to Dallas West End merchants and members, Onstage Systems, Taylor’s Rental Equipment Co, YO Steakhouse, RJ Mexican Cuisine of Dallas, Hoffbrau Steaks Company, Wild Bill’s Western Store, Downtown Dallas, Inc., The BMF Project, and Ellen’s Southern Kitchen for everything you have done.
We hope to see you there tomorrow, and if you get a chance – please come up and say hello so that we can take a photo with you for our Social Media. If you attend, make sure you use the hashtag #DallasFirstResponder2015. If you would like more information, please call West End Publicist Marla Watson or email [email protected]
Marla Watson, Publicist Dallas West End Association