9/11 survivor to address Red Deer audience

A few tickets are still available for an opportunity to hear from a famous survivor and help out some of Red Deer’s finest ambassadors.

A few tickets are still available for an opportunity to hear from a famous survivor and help out some of Red Deer’s finest ambassadors.

Put on by the Rotary Clubs of Red Deer, a Mac and Cheese Luncheon will take place at the Sheraton Hotel on Wednesday. The luncheon will serve as a fundraising event for the Red Deer Royals’ Find a Home campaign.

Speaking at the luncheon will be Richard Picciotto, a New York firefighter who survived the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center towers after being trapped in the rubble of a collapsed building for four hours. Picciotto then played a vital role in the rescue operation that followed, and his story has since been told in the bestselling book Last Man Down.

Thanks to the sponsorship of some local businesses, front line responders will be able to attend the luncheon and hear Picciotto’s talk, said organizer Ray McBeth.

The lunch will take place at the Sheraton Hotel from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Funds raised will go towards the Royals’ efforts to find a suitable practice space, as well as replacements of the band’s old uniforms and instruments.

The goal is to raise at least $100,000 for the cause. In 2009, the last time local Rotary clubs held a similar event, about $125,000 was raised for the Red Deer Food Bank.

Tickets are $1,000 for a table of eight. Individuals can attend for $125.

Tickets can be procured from McBeth at 403-350-9494.