Runs to be held in memory of local 9/11 victims

The annual Peter K. Ortale Run for Peace and the annual Alisha C. Levin Run to Remember will take place on Saturday.

The annual Peter K. Ortale Run for Peace will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Penn Charter, 3000 W. School House Lane in East Falls.

The event is in memory of Northwood native Peter Ortale, who was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Registration for the 5K run and 1-mile family fun walk will start at 8:15 a.m. The run will kick off at 9 a.m., followed by the walk at 9:05.

The cost is $25, or $10 for kids 14 and under.

To register, go to

Ortale grew up on the 4900 block of Castor Ave. and attended St. Martin of Tours, Penn Charter and Duke University, where he graduated in 1987 and was a three-year All-American lacrosse player.

At the time of his death, at age 37, he was working for Euro Brokers on the 84th floor of the World Trade Center’s South Tower in New York. He was among 61 employees and friends of Euro Brokers who died that day.

In May, Penn Charter dedicated a touchstone in Ortale’s memory before its lacrosse game against Haverford School. The touchstone was created using steel from the World Trade Center. Every athlete who walks onto the Penn Charter field is encouraged to tap the monument,

Donations to the Peter K. Ortale Scholarship Fund can be sent to William Penn Charter School, 3000 W. Schoolhouse Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144.


The annual Alisha C. Levin Run to Remember will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Northeast High School, 1601 Cottman Ave.

Levin, who grew up on the 1300 block of Wells St. in Castor Gardens, was killed in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. She was 33.

Levin was a 1986 graduate of Northeast. She later graduated from Hofstra University. She worked for three years for Fuji Bank in the World Trade Center’s South Tower.

On the day of the attacks, terrorists first crashed an airplane into the North Tower. Seventeen minutes later, a plane struck the South Tower.

Fuji Bank, which occupied the 79th through 82nd floors, lost 23 employees. Levin was the company’s vice president of human resources.

On Saturday, registration for the 5K walk/run will begin at 9 a.m. The run/walk will start at 10. The cost is $25. Awards and trophies will be given out at 10:45.

Registration can also be done at

Proceeds will benefit scholarships and funding programs at Northeast High and Hofstra.

Tax-deductible donations can be sent to The Philadelphia Foundation, P.O. Box 826728, Philadelphia, PA 19182–6728. In the memo line, write “Alisha C. Levin Memorial Fund.”

For more information, visit the Alisha C. Levin Memorial Fund page on Facebook. ••