Mellencamp to Sing “Notes of Hope”

As part of events surrounding the 7th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, John Mellencamp will perform at the first annual “Notes of Hope” dinner in New York to benefit the National September 11 Memorial & Museum (VISIT WEBSITE).

Mayor Michael Bloomberg will host the $1,000-a-plate benefit dinner, which will take place Sept. 9 at Cipriani Wall Street and will star actor/comedian Denis Leary as MC. Also performing is acclaimed Russian piano virtuoso Lola Astanova.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is currently under construction at the World Trade Center site and will feature twin reflecting pools built over the Twin Towers’ footprints at ground zero, surrounded by a plaza of oak trees. The building materials include steel beams that have toured the country and have been inscribed with “Notes of Hope” containing the reflections and thoughts on 9/11 written by tens of thousands of Americans.

“No matter where you were on that day, every American was affected by the events of 9/11,” said Mellencamp. “All of us came together as one people in support of each other back then. The hope is that this national memorial will remind us again about how much we all have in common and at stake. I’m proud to support its creation.”

The benefit dinner will also honor several individuals, including Tribeca Film Festival founders Robert De Niro, Craig Hatkoff, and Jane Rosenthal, who will be presented with the Distinction in Rebuilding award recognizing their work in helping revitalize Lower Manhattan. Click HERE for more info about the event, click HERE for ticket details.