I mentioned a couple of days ago that Feb 20 is the one-year anniversary of the tragic fire at the Station nightclub that killed 100 people and injured 200: the numbers stagger.
I am very pleased to pass on the word that there is a celebrity auction going down this Friday to benefit the Station Fire Family Fund:
- An on-line charity auction featuring music, sports, and entertainment memorabilia to begin on the anniversary of the fire.
John Langenstein, Director of Security for several bands including Phish and The String Cheese Incident, has teamed up once again with David Shulman and The Mimi Fishman Foundation to raise money for The Station Family Fund.
The Station Family Fund is an all-volunteer, 501 (c)(3) recognized, tax exempt, nonprofit organization, founded to offer assistance and relief to people directly affected by the fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. 100 people perished, close to 200 severely injured, and more than 60 children lost one or both parents in the horrific fire on Feb 20, 2003. Todd King, a survivor himself of the fire, is the VP of the Station Family Fund.
“While the victims of the fire are sure to be the focus on Feb 20 (the anniversary), it’s vital we don’t forget the families they have left behind. The Station Family Fund was formed to help those families, as well as the survivors”, said King.
The second in a series of Langenstein/Shulman on-line auctions is scheduled to commence on February 20, 2004, exactly one year after the tragic fire. Their first auction, which ended January 25, 2004, raised $7,500 from items donated out of Langenstein’s personal memorabilia collection, as well as items donated by the bands Phish and The String Cheese Incident. As before, The Mimi Fishman Foundation will host the on-line auction, while Langenstein will use his contacts developed over 20 years in the industry to secure very special auction items.
“Our first auction was just a small step towards the help that is needed. Our efforts are now in overdrive as the needs of the families affected far outweigh the help the Station Family Fund has been able to provide. I am more determined now than ever to help out the survivors and the families of the victims”, said Langenstein.
The Station Family Fund will distribute every dollar raised by the auction in an effort to address the needs of the survivors and the families of victims.
“John (Langenstein) has certainly put together a wonderful lineup of rare and unique items”, says Shulman. “There is sure to be something of interest for fans of all music types. Our hope is that in addition to raising needed funds, we will also be helping to get the word out that there are children who lost either one or both parents, and need whatever help we can provide them.”
The auction include items donated by the likes of Neil Young, BB King, Enya, Phish, Lisa Marie Presley, Mark Knopfler, Bonnie Raitt, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Rodney Dangerfield, Brian Boucher, Widespread Panic, Rod Stewart, Firehouse, Pearl Jam, and many others.
As of Feb 20, Friday, the auction can be viewed here. This is a terrific way to help out the families of the fire victims – it could have been almost any one of us – and pick up some cool goodies as well.