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For Immediate Release: September 18, 2013

Station Fire Memorial Foundation Thanks the West Warwick Centennial Ball Committee

On Friday, September 20, 2013 the town of West Warwick will celebrate turning 100 years old. There will be dinner, dancing and an auction guaranteed to raise money for some local charities. The Station Fire Memorial Foundation is grateful to the event organizers for choosing them to be one of the recipients of these generous donations.
“It is through the amazing support and continued generosity from various local individuals that this memorial will finally get built. We greatly appreciate the continuing support.” said Gina Russo, the President of the Station Fire Memorial Foundation.
MTV and Comedy Central have joined singer Taylor Swift in supporting an auction to raise money for charity and celebrate the town's centennial.
The organizers of West Warwick's Centennial Ball announced Friday that Comedy Central has donated four tickets to a taping of "The Colbert Report" and that MTV has promised concert tickets and memorabilia. In addition, the Providence Performing Arts Center has donated tickets to an upcoming musical.
Swift donated a signed acoustic guitar that will be auctioned off on Sept. 20 during the ball.
Proceeds from the auction will go towards a Warwick High School Scholarship and the Station Fire Memorial Foundation.

***BREAKING NEWS**August 30, 2013

Contact: Gina Russo, President 401-529-9655

The Station Fire Memorial Foundation Announces Groundbreaking
The parcel of property located at 211 Cowesett Avenue has been the site of a makeshift memorial for more than ten years. Last September, Mr. Raymond Villanova deeded the property to the Station Fire Memorial Foundation, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization that has long been working toward the building of a permanent memorial to honor the victims and survivors of the tragic Station Nightclub fire that took place on that property in February of 2003.
In February of this year, the design plans for the Station Fire Memorial Park were unveiled to the public.
The Station Fire Memorial Foundation would like to announce that in just a couple of weeks, construction will begin. To that end, we need to make the concerned public aware that there is a two week deadline for those who wish to remove their personal belongings from the site.
We know that many individuals have adorned and added to the original crosses that were constructed many years ago. It is our intention to take any and all remaining crosses and personal items that are on the property now and respectfully remove them ourselves. We will be placing any items that remain after September 15, 2013 in storage to be placed permanently in the time capsule portion of the Memorial Park. We feel strongly that these items that were so lovingly placed to remember so many must have a place in the permanent memorial.
Please understand that access to the property will be restricted during construction for everyone’s safety while the Memorial Park is being built. From now until September 15, 2013, access will remain unfettered.
Family members and friends of the 100 cherished people who died as a direct result of the Station Fire founded the Station Fire Memorial Foundation in June 2003. Our purpose is to ensure that our loved ones will receive a proper memorial upon the sacred ground where their lives were so tragically cut short. The Station Fire Memorial Foundation procured the land known as the Station Site on September 28, 2012 through a generous donation. It is our intent that the Foundation not only builds but maintains the Memorial site and as such, fundraising is expected to be long-term. The Foundation encourages maximum participation by affected Family members and Survivors of the tragedy.

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Worcester, Mass., Monday, July 15, 2013 – Multi-platinum recording artists Matthew and Gunnar Nelson are pleased to announce they have teamed up with the Station Fire Memorial Fund (SFMF) for their Friday, August 2, 8 p.m., Ricky Nelson Remembered concert event at the majestic The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Tickets are on sale and $25-$45. Limited VIP tickets are available for $75. Ten dollars from every ticket using the code STATION will be donated to the SFMF. Applicable fees may apply. Purchase online at TheHanoverTheatre.org, via phone at 877.571.SHOW (7469) or in person at 2 Southbridge Street in downtown Worcester.

Additionally, Matthew and Gunnar have donated an autographed guitar and a private dinner for themselves and two guests; both items will be auctioned the night of the concert; the winners will be announced at the show’s intermission. All proceeds from these auctions will be donated to the SFMF.
“Both Matthew and I have met several families who lost loved ones in the Station fire, we also have many fans that are survivors,” said Gunnar Nelson. “We honor their memory, and celebrate this modest effort with hopes that the Worcester and surrounding communities react with a huge response. Music heals, and this is our way of helping.”
Matthew and Gunnar, twin sons of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and one of history’s biggest selling musical artists, Ricky Nelson, are also grandsons to radio and television icons, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. The Nelson family is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the only family in history to have three successive generations of No. 1 hit makers.
The family members and friends of the 100 cherished people who died as a direct result of the Station Fire founded the Station Fire Memorial Foundation in June 2003. Our purpose is to ensure that our loved ones would receive a proper memorial upon the sacred ground where their lives were so tragically cut short. The Station Fire Memorial Foundation is an all-volunteer 501©3 charitable organization and as such donations are tax deductible in accordance with IRS rules.
About The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, located in downtown Worcester, New England’s second largest city, is recognized by Pollstar as one of the Top 50 Theatres in the World. After undergoing many name changes and renovations over the decades since its 1926 birth, The Hanover Theatre reopened in March 2008 following a $32 million historic restoration. Since then, the theatre has established its place as a rich entertainment and cultural venue, winning numerous awards, including The National Trust for Historic Preservation Award in 2010. Now in its fifth season, The Hanover Theatre continues to expose over 170,000 annual patrons to world-class entertainment in the form of Broadway, concerts, comedians and much more. For more information, visit TheHanoverTheatre.org. Worcester Center for the Performing Arts, a registered not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, owns and operates The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
For more information, including press interviews and photos contact:
Melissa Kucirek / nelsonbiz@me.com / 402-677-0930


3/9/2013 - SFMF Comedy Show
The SFMF would like to thank everyone for attending last night's comedy show at PPAC. All of the comedians were in top form and regardless of the amount of money raised, it was a success. A room full of laughter is always a good thing. Any amount of money and awareness raised toward our ultimate goal is worth the time and effort.

We would like to thank Tom Stewart, Shane Snider, Mike Murray, Ace Aceto, Stephanie Peters, Don Jamieson, Jim Florentine, and Craig Gass for not only donating their time and putting heart and soul into their performances, but for giving up a paying gig on a Friday night, forcing family and friends to come out and buy tickets to see an act they have seen and heard ad nauseum, helping to promote the show over,and over, and OVER again, and in the case of the national performers, driving or flying for several hours just to be here to donate their talents and make people laugh.

Putting together an event like this cannot be done without the help of several people and we would be remiss if they were not mentioned here:

94 HJY for their unwavering support in promotions and sponsorship,
PPAC for donating the facility,
IATSE members that worked for free or at a VERY reduced rate last night,
Hampton Inn in Coventry for donating all rooms,
East Coast Screen Printing for Tshirts,
1150 Oak Bar & Grill and Henry Ottaviano for donation of catering for backstage,
The Rock Junction (Rick and Henry Ottaviano) for donating the Limo Ride and Champagne package for auction purposes,
Donovan Williams and Graphic Innovations for all printing services,
Dean Duhamel for all poster and Tshirt design work,
Cyn Knight for promotions/ marketing assistance,
and Scotty Dunbar for coming to sell his new CD single and donating all sales.

Thank you all again.We should have some totals in a few days, and although the sales were light with the weather being crazy at the last minute, we had a wonderful night. We are grateful for all of the support.

3/6/2013 - SFMF would like to extend a special Thank You - once again- to everyone at 94HJY for their unwavering support. For 10 years, they have never failed to be the number one cheerleaders for every Station related event and we could never do this without them. The 94 HJY 10 yr Anniversary Commemorative T-shirts raised $3,120. We would also like to thank East Coast Screen Printing for the generous donation of the Tshirts at no cost. Please support your local businesses, these people support their own.

2/19/2013 - Tattoo show raises $20,000 for Station fire memorial (From the Providence Journal)

2/17/2013 - Station Fire Memorial Foundation Holds 10th Anniversary Memorial Service. Read more...

2/16/2013 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***Breaking News***

Station Fire Memorial Foundation Announces Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and Celebrity Apprentice Fame Has Been Added to All Star Benefit Comedy Show

The Station Fire Memorial Foundation announced today that that Dee Snider will be hosting the upcoming benefit Comedy Show entitled “Station Fire Memorial Foundation Comedy Show Featuring Craig Gass and Friends”.

While perhaps best known as the lead singer of 80's sensation, Twisted Sister, there is so much more to Dee Snider. He has starred in several reality TV shows including The Celebrity Apprentice, Gone Country with John Rich, MTV’s Rock The Cradle with his son Jesse and Growing Up Twisted, an A&E series featuring the entire Snider family and their Long Island lifestyle. He is also a frequent host on MTV Networks and his own long running nationally syndicated radio show House of Hair is heard on more than 200 stations in North America, houseofhaironline.com. His recent starring role on Broadway in the hit musical Rock Of Ages generated national TV appearances on The Today Show, CNN’s Joy Behar Show and a legendary spot on The Jimmy Fallon Show.

Dee is no stranger to the Station family. He selflessly stepped forward in 2008 to help organize the successful ‘Phoenix Rising’ concert that was a resounding success for the Station Family Fund. We are grateful for his continued support.

The show will feature many well-known comedians including headliner Craig Gass, known for his regular appearances on Howard Stern and his many impersonations of people like Sam Kinison, Gene Simmons and Al Pacino. Gass’s numerous credits include Comedy Central’s Roast of Gene Simmons, Sex and the City, Las Vegas, King of Queens, Family Guy and American Dad.

Among the featured acts will be Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson. Florentine and Jamieson are the co-hosts of VH1 Classic’s hit heavy metal talk show series, “That Metal Show”. Jim Florentine is best known for his work on Comedy Central's show Crank Yankers. Don Jamieson is also a co-host on “Beer Money,” a fast-paced, non-traditional sports quiz show airing on SNY (SportsNet New York). Jamieson is an Emmy award winner for his work on HBO’s “Inside the NFL”.

Local well known comics Stephanie Peters, Ace Aceto, Mike Murray and Tom Stewart will also be lending their talents, along with Shane Snider, the resident comic in the Snider household.

The event will be held on March 8th, 2013 at the Providence Performing Arts Center. The show begins at 8:00pm and ticket prices start at $30.00. Tickets are on sale now through the Providence Performing Arts Center Box Office (401-421-ARTS & www.ppacri.org). The net proceeds from this event will go to the Station Fire Memorial Foundation