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 Grateful Web has been thrilled to host their auctions for the past four years.
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. "David (Shulman) and John (Langenstein) have been instrumental in helping fund our organization."
The auction, which began December 13, is the fourth in a series of Langenstein/Shulman on-line auctions, with the first three raising over $40,000. Unlike the first three auctions, which included a variety of items from many different bands, this auction will only feature Phish related items. Phish, after 21 years together, recently called it quits, as their last note of music was played August 15 at their own festival in northern Vermont.
The eighteen auction items are sure to be of interest to any Phish fan. Included are the actual guitar strings used by Phish in 2004, one of their wardrobe cases used all the way up to their last show in August, as well as a full Conventry festival ticket signed by the entire band.
"When Shulman and I ran our first auction for the SFF, I never dreamed there would be more. I thought it was a one-time shot. 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.
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 put together an amazing array of Phish items for this auction. Any Phish fan will definitely want to take a look. Most importantly, we are raising funds for a very important charity", says Shulman.
Information on the Station Family Fund can be found at http://www.stationfamilyfund.org
To check out the auction, visit: mimifishman.prg/auctions