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The Provincetown Community Compact to memorialize the Orlando massacre victims with Prayer Ribbons in a public ceremony on September 6

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jay Critchley,

Boston Globe article.

The Provincetown Community Compact (The Compact) will memorialize the 49 Orlando victims at a special ceremony at Provincetown Town Hall on Tuesday, September 6 at 1:00 p.m. Each person’s name will be inscribed on a black Prayer Ribbon, then read aloud and attached to the 2,800 Prayer Ribbons accumulated over 25 years at the annual Provincetown Swim for Life. An additional ribbon will be inscribed for those injured in the Orlando attack.

Prayer Ribbons over Commercial StreetAfter the ceremony at Town Hall, the Prayer Ribbons will be carried in procession to the Provincetown Public Library front lawn to be displayed through Friday, September 9. They will then be installed at the Boatslip Beach Club deck for the Swim for Life on Saturday, September 10.

“Like communities across the country, Provincetown was shocked and outraged by the recent massacre at a gay Orlando nightclub,” said Jay Critchley, founder of Provincetown Community Compact. “Since the early 1980s, Provincetown has mourned the loss of hundreds of people to AIDS and has responded with compassion and action. We share a kinship with the Orlando community and honor their strength and resilience.”

The public will also be invited to inscribe ribbons to honor victims of violence from communities across the US.

The Compact is looking for 49 individuals to participate in the ceremony. Please contact

SwimPrayerBslipCloseupAbout The Compact

The Provincetown Community Compact, Inc. was established in 1993 as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization by Jay Critchley as a community-building and philanthropic organization to support living artists and the vitality of the arts community.

Its mission is to advance the health and cultural well being of the year round community of Provincetown and the Lower Cape – its people, the natural environment and the economy. The Compact also acts as a “Think-ubator” (incubator), offering fiscal sponsorship for social, environmental and artistic projects, and manages two dune shack residencies in the Cape Cod National Seashore.

For more information on The Compact:

About the Provincetown Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla

Prayer Ribbons at the Library, 2012.

Prayer Ribbons at the Public Library, 2012.

The Provincetown Swim for Life was established in 1988 to bring the community together and empower those affected by HIV. At this annual fundraiser, which has raised $4M for AIDS, women’s health and the community, the public is invited to honor people in their lives by inscribing a message on a colored ribbon. These Prayer Ribbons are a visual witness to a community that has moved well beyond fear and hatred. These special fifty ribbons will be the first black ribbons, and will be inscribed in silver and gold.

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