On September 11, 2001 the Hackel family experienced the tragic loss of Paige Farley-Hackel.
Paige was on her way to California with her best friend Ruth McCourt Clifford and Ruth’s four year old daughter Juliana (Paige’s God child) for a surprise trip to Disney Land. Paige also planned to meet with Deepak Chopra regarding Paige’s new syndicated radio program “Spiritually Speaking”.
That morning, the three left Paige’s home in Newton for the drive to Logan Airport. Although they were all travelling together, Paige and Ruth booked independent flights to make use of their frequent flyer miles. Paige was booked on American Airlines, Flight 11 while Ruth and Juliana were booked on United Airlines, Flight 175.
That same morning, Ruth’s brother, Ron Clifford arrived at the World Trade Center fifteen minutes early for a business meeting. As he paced the lobby waiting, he felt the building suddenly shake. It was American Airlines, Flight 11, Paige’s flight, that had just been deliberately crashed into the North Tower of the WTC.
As Ron was helping people evacuate the building, United Flight 175, the flight carrying his sister and niece then crashed into the South Tower.
This tragic loss inspired the team at PH Productions to dedicate their vast majority of time and energy supporting worthy endeavors that Paige would be proud to be a part of.