(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — John Langenstein, Director of Security for several prominent bands has teamed up once again with David Shulman and The Mimi Fishman Foundation to raise money for The Station Family Fund (SFF).
The newest auction, which coincides with the 2nd anniversary of the horrific fire, will be the fifth in a series of fundraisers organized by Langenstein/Shulman. To date their efforts have raised over $50,000 for the SFF.
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. "As we approach the 2nd anniversary the story is further removed from people's minds. The needs of the victims are a great as ever. 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 features items donated by a bands and musicians and represents a wide variety of musical tastes. In addition, every item is signed. Highlights include items donated by Paul McCartney, The String Cheese Incident, Jackson Browne, Eminem, CSN, Sting, Dave Matthews, Neil Young, BB King, and many others. A few non-musicians such as Tom Hanks are represented as well.
Historically, the auctions have featured items donated by jambands, which limited the auction's exposure. This time will be different.
"With over thirty wonderful auction items, there is certain to be something for everyone's taste," says Shulman. "We are reaching out beyond the jamband audience in an effort to raise as many funds as possible for the SFF".
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.
"We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received, both from those donating items as well as those bidding on them. Working in the music industry, this tragedy hit me right in the heart. My desire to help those affected by the fire has only strengthened and I am more determined now than ever to help out the survivors and the families of the victims", said Langenstein.