HOLLYWOOD, CA (CelebrityAccess) – On Rick Springfield’s Summer 2016 tour, noticeably absent from the show will be his guitar technician Ruben Velasco, one of the beloved members of Rick’s crew who recently died of cancer. To honor his friend’s life and to donate to his legacy fund, Rick is offering fans a chance to step in for his friend and watch the show from the stage as an “honorary” guitar tech for the show.
Ruben Velasco was not only an amazing guitar technician, he was a huge lover of cats. Having three of his own, he would visit the sanctuary as much as he could to spend time with the special needs kitties. Many of these cats have cancer, leukemia, Cerebellar Hypoplasia (cerebral palsy for humans), blind, deaf and other chronic illness that had put them at high risk to be euthanized at the county shelters. Fur & Feather Animals Sanctuary is a No-kill “forever home, forever life” sanctuary. The sanctuary specializes in special needs cats giving them second chances to live up to their full potential, no matter how short or long they have to live. Ruben spent numerous occasions visiting, playing, and helping, giving these handicap cats lots of love and attention. With Rubens passing, Rick Springfield and the Sanctuary are creating a legacy for Ruben so his love for cats and music can live on!
“We are honored to have had Ruben as our supporter all these years, as well as contributing to his legacy with Rick Springfield,” states Sarah Richards, Vice Chairman of Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary. “With the help of Rick’s generosity, Rubens Aunt, Uncle, cousins and a few best friends we are going to unveil a wonderful tribute to this man’s life before the end of the year. We are also working with the family and friends to create a forever program in his name. Ruben Velasco is one of a kind and we will miss him dearly.”
In this exclusive experience, join Rick’s crew during sound check and stay for the rest of the show. Outfitted in an official backstage pass and a “Rock for Ruben” baseball cap, you’re welcome to assist in setting up Rick’s guitars, if you’d like. You can even hand him his guitar between songs to the cheers of the audience. For helping to remember Ruben, Rick will show his gratitude by presenting you with a personally autographed guitar. He’ll also take photos with you and sign autographs. This unique experience will be available at 28 stops on Rick’s cross-country tour this summer.
DATES STILL AVAILABLE:
July 08 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
July 12 – Saratoga, CA – Montalvo Arts Center
July 17 – Valley Center, CA – Harrah’s Resort
July 24 – Cleveland Heights, OH – Cain Park – Evans Amphitheatre
July 27 – Interlochen, MI – Interlochen Center for the Arts
July 28 – Ottumwa, IA – Bridge View Center
Aug 05 – Binghamton, NY – Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally
Proceeds from the summer tour will be donated to Ruben's favorite charity, Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary.
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