Colbert, Groban at 9/11 Memorial Benefit Dinner: Scene

By Amanda Gordon - 2012-09-07T18:37:29Z

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A Sapling Bestowed

Stephen Barton, a former intern at the 9/11 Memorial foundation, with his girlfriend, Caitlin Cronin, who plans to study law.

Barton was shot at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, on July 20. He received a sapling from the memorial's Survivor Tree. "It's remarkable how arbitrary these events can be," Barton said. "It's one thing to understand it, and another to live through it." He's deferred a Fulbright fellowship in Russia to work on gun control in the U.S.???The 9/11 Memorial foundation's chairman is New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.