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Hyatt Regency Crown Center Hotel's Skywalk
Disaster Memorial Fund Gains Financial Boost

By Matt Campbell, The Kansas City Star, Mo.McClatchy-Tribune Regional News

Jul. 17, 2009--A group raising money to build a memorial to the victims and rescuers of the Hyatt skywalk disaster announced a $25,000 boost on Thursday.

John Sullivan, a Dallas lawyer whose mother was killed in the event 28 years ago today, made the pledge in the name of his 5-year-old daughter. Kathryn Sullivan was born on her grandmother's birthday and named after her.

Sullivan called on other attorneys, especially those involved in the complex litigation after the July 17, 1981, skywalk collapse, to also contribute to the project.

The anniversary was marked on the site of the planned memorial in Hospital Hill Park at 22nd Street and Gillham Road, across the street from the Hyatt Regency Crown Center hotel, where the disaster occurred. The collapse killed 114 people and injured more than 200.

City Councilwoman Jan Marcason said it was an appropriate place to publicly acknowledge that tragedy strikes and to contemplate how a community reacts to it.

Lorie Bowman of Bowman Bowman Novick architects described the memorial as a circular plaza with concentric rings of decorative concrete and landscaping to evoke the ripple effects of the disaster.

Project funds are being managed by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. For more information, go to


@ Go to for a photo gallery of the 1981 Hyatt hotel disaster.

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