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					                                                                   325 West 38th Street Suite 1701
                                                                             New York NY 10018
                                                                                     July 15, 2011

Dear Friends, Family and Colleagues,

Thank you for bearing with me over the past two weeks. Please do not confuse my silence during
this time with weakness or guilt. On the advice of counsel, I had to use this time to determine
how this hand would play out.

To fight the New York Post articles publicly, in essence, republishes them, and in a back-handed
way, gives credence to their malicious conjecture, innuendo and conclusory allegations. Only
time would tell which direction I should take.

I have patiently waited out this time, and have decided that I have no recourse but to fight the
baseless, nasty untruths hurled against me as well as The Heritage Foundation of 9/11 on every

In the days that have ensued since the articles’ publication, their “trickle down” effect has been
enormous and has adversely affected both myself and the Foundation in ways that at the outset
could never be imagined. Rather than die a natural death, the untruths have had a snowball
effect. Now that I am clear of their consequences, I am happy to take on the fight and vindicate
my name and the Foundation.

Simply stated, the untruths contained in the two articles can no longer be ignored. Though it may
be deemed good business to generate startling headlines to sell newspapers, I will not permit the
destruction of the Foundation, my relationships with all of you, or my personal and business
reputation, to be by-products of their smear campaign.

I have retained counsel, who has opened a channel of communication with the New York Post.
Not unexpectedly, the New York Post refuses to alter its derogatory, one-sided, and negative
reporting. For those of you closely following this, I will publish shortly a bullet-point overview
of all my objections to their articles.

My approach is to wage my battle in the court of public opinion as well as in a court of law, if
need be. I have contacted both print and broadcast media to get out my side of the story. As you
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may know, CBS News ran pieces on this story during both their 6:00 PM and 11:00 PM
broadcasts on Monday, July 11, 2011.

Unlike the New York Post, CBS saw fit to balance the reporting and present both positives and
negatives. The CBS broadcast prominently presented my side, quoting from my July 4, 2011
letter to you posted here, and did not dismiss my opinion or position as irrelevant. This is
something the New York Post refuses to do, and speaks volumes about their credibility and

In addition to the heartache this has caused me, my only regret is the aggravation this has caused
many of you. In a way, I am relieved that time has, indeed, made clear the steps I must take and
what I must do. The agony of the wait is over!

Literally, stay tuned and keep on the look-out for my rebuttals. I will keep you posted when my
next print or broadcast statement will take place. Do not be alarmed if the New York Post strikes
again. I do not plan to play dead or fade away quietly. I have done nothing to betray your trust,
personally, professionally, or on behalf of the Foundation. Literally, keep those cards and e-mails
coming! Your support means the world to me, especially at this time.

What matters to me most is my relationship with each and every one of you. If the paperwork
can be processed at the IRS quickly, I will see you at the 2011 Stars, Stripes and Skates
ICEstravaganza, for which plans are still in the works. Nothing would make me prouder or

Lastly, I want to make this very clear: More than forty national, world and Olympic athletes
devoted their time, energy and support to Stars, Stripes and Skates over the years. They did so
out of the goodness of their hearts, without ever receiving compensation. These remarkable
people volunteered their valuable time and amazing talent to inspire young skaters and to help
create something wonderful from something tragic. To suggest otherwise in any way is
appalling, shameful, and utterly baseless.

Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. I know the truth will prevail. I love you all.

Tara Eve Modlin
Executive Producer
Stars, Stripes and Skates
325 West 38th Street Suite 1701
New York NY 10018

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