Last week, 80 employees from Blackstone’s London office participated in the Blackstone Global Volunteer Day at the Tower of London, helping to assemble and plant ceramic poppies as part of a major art installation memorializing the 100th anniversary of World War I.
The installation, The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, is located within the moat of the Tower of London and will plant 888,246 handmade red ceramic poppies between August 5th and November 11th of this year. Each poppy represents a soldier from Britain or the British Commonwealth who died in World War I.
In conjunction with Blackstone’s participation in the project, the Blackstone Charitable Foundation made an $11,000 grant to Help for Heroes, a non-profit organization that provides support to wounded veterans and their families in the United Kingdom. Help for Heroes is one of six charities that will benefit from sales of poppies after the installation.
London’s Global Volunteer Day took place as part of Blackstone’s Global Volunteer Effort, in which Blackstone employees in New York, Boston, Chicago, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Singapore, San Francisco/Menlo Park, Sydney and Tokyo participate in volunteer activities throughout September, October and November.
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