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Technology plays key role in push for Fort Hood memorial

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Using the power and reach of the Internet, one Texas-based group is fighting to help bring closure to Fort Hood families.

A memorial for the 13 people killed in the 2009 shooting is well on its way, but there are still thousands of dollars that need to be raised. With that in mind, a fraternal order based in Texas is hosting a three-day event that airs live on the Internet in order to take pledges and raise money in real time.

“We give updates on what's going on that day. We give updates on who has pledged and anybody who is willing to make a challenge. The immediacy is kind of neat," volunteer Brian Vanicek said.

In the last year and a half, the group has been able to raise $80,000. With the concept, design and location established, the group is now trying to raise the rest of the $500,000 needed.

"Approximately $275,000 of that will be for the construction of the project itself, and approximately $225,000 will be for an endowment to take care of the long term maintenance,” Vanicek said.

The web-a-thon will run from Thursday through Saturday. It coincides with Join Hands Day, a national event that promotes volunteerism in the community.

To learn more about the project and to listen to the webcast, visit or call (888) 836-9877. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP