A Charleston family business is planning a Sept. 11 tribute to be held in New York City's Madison Square Garden.
David Dodd, owner of Event Productions, has spent the past several months producing the remembrance ceremony, titled "Tribute to Grace and Hope." The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Dodd said 11,000 tickets have been sold and the event is expected to draw about 19,000 people.
Although he owns Event Productions, he said planning the event has been a family affair. His two daughters, Jessica, 19, and Paige, 11, have taken an active role.
"We have basically been doing everything that makes the show happen," said Jessica Dodd, a sophomore advertising major at Marshall University.
The Dodd family has planned all of the ceremony's inner workings, from sounds and lights to designs and layouts. Jessica Dodd said the show will feature World Trade Center survivors, contemporary Christian musicians, New York City firefighters and NBA basketball players.
Scheduled to perform are Fred Hammond, Steven Curtis Chapman, Toby Mac, Third Day and Marcos Witt, Jessica Dodd said. New York firefighter Danny Rodriguez is scheduled to perform "God Bless America." Several government figures are to participate, she said, including former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Gov. George E. Pataki.
Jessica said the purpose of the Christian-themed event is to provide a night of inspiration and hope. "They are looking to promote growth from the attacks," she said.