The third charity auction for the Station Family Fund is now on. The mind still boggles at the incredible loss of life and devastation wrought by the Station nightclub fire of February, 2003.
- John Langenstein, Director of Security for several bands including Phish, CSN, 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. “It’s vital we don’t forget the families left behind. The Station Family Fund was formed to help those families, as well as the survivors”, said King.
The auction, which began August 17, is the third in a series of Langenstein/Shulman on-line auctions, with the first two raising over $27,000. Like the first two auctions, there are many Phish items, as well as other gems donated by Mick Jagger, The String Cheese Incident, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, REM, David Bowie, CSN, Brian Wilson, Patti Smith, Kid Rock, and a host of others.
“Our first two auctions were 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.
“This is one of the most exciting lineups of items we have ever had on one of our auctions. We are honored to once again be able to help such an important organization”, says Shulman. “There is sure to be something of interest for fans of all music types. John (Langenstein) has done a wonderful job pulling his resources together.”
The auction items can be found here. Hundreds of lives will never be the same – help out a bit.