September 1, 2004

"Memory Bell" community events to honor victims of September 11

New Orleans, LA -- For the third consecutive year on September 11th, thousands of folks from across southeast Louisiana will again put their hearts in their hands during special "Memory Bell" events that are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. across five parishes.

It's all part of "Louisiana Cares: Remembering 9/11," which honors the victims and fallen heroes of the 2001 terrorist attacks while also raising funds to benefit local fire departments. "Louisiana Cares" is a joint project from Cox Communications and WWL-TV, Channel Four.

"The response has been overwhelming from the very beginning," describes Channel Four's Eyewitness News Director Sandy Breland. "We sold out of 20,000 'Memory Bells' in the first commemorative year. And then last year, we sold out of 25,000 'Memory Bells' in only a matter of days, while the turnout at the live events was also amazing."

Now, for just a $3 donation, area residents can purchase the 2004 "Memory Bell" edition. These small, American-made hand bells are available, while supplies last, at all Cox Communications Service Centers; all St. Bernard fire stations; all Jefferson Parish East Bank fire stations and selected parish West Bank fire stations; all Slidell fire stations and selected western St. Tammany fire stations; and the Houma Civic Center. For a complete list of sales outlets, visit wwltv.com or call 260-BELL (2355). As in previous years, proceeds from "Memory Bell" sales will help local fire departments.

Then on Saturday, September 11th at 6 p.m., all citizens are invited to bring their "Memory Bells" or any type of bell and join a special remembrance event, where WWL-TV will be broadcasting live from the following five locations:

- St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square with Angela Hill and Dennis Woltering
- Veterans Memorial Square at Causeway in Metairie with Sally-Ann Roberts
and Eric Paulsen
- The Liberty Bell at the St. Bernard Cultural Center with Karen Swensen and Mike Hoss
- Veterans Park in Houma with Jennifer Huntley and David Bernard
- Heritage Park in Slidell with Frank Davis

About WWL-TV

New Orleans' WWL-TV, Channel Four is part of Belo Corp., one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with approximately 7,900 employees and $1.4 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates news and information franchises in some of America's most dynamic markets and regions, including Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island and the Mid-Atlantic region. Belo owns 19 television stations (six in the top 15 markets) reaching 13.8 percent of U.S. television households; owns or operates seven cable news channels; and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo's daily newspapers include The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). Belo Interactive's new media businesses include more than 30 Web sites, several interactive alliances and a broad range of Internet-based products. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at www.belo.com. For More Information, Contact: Mark Swinney, Eyewitness News Special Projects Director at (504) 529-6308 or email Mswinney@wwltv.com.