Station Benefit Concert Nets $25,000 After Broadcast


March 24, 2008

A memorial fund that raises money for survivors of The Station nightclub fire received at least $25,000 in donations after a benefit concert aired on television, organizers said today.

The Feb. 25 concert at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center was broadcast Sunday night on VH1 and VH1 Classic.

Todd King, a founder of The Station Family Fund, said today the fund received at least $25,000 through its Web site. King says proceeds from the concert totaled $173,000 before it aired on television, and organizers expect to take in roughly $300,000 overall.

The Feb. 20, 2003, fire at the West Warwick nightclub killed 100 people and injured more than 200 others. It began when pyrotechnics used by the 1980s rock band Great White set fire to highly flammable foam used as soundproofing on the club’s walls and ceiling.

The concert last month featured performances by rock bands including Twisted Sister, Winger and Tesla and country acts Gretchen Wilson and John Rich. Twisted Sister lead singer Dee Snider served as master of ceremonies, and the band closed out the concert with their hit song, “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” which Snider described as the “unofficial anthem” for the event.

“These people will not be forgotten. You won’t let it be forgotten. We won’t let it be forgotten. The world is going to know what happened here,” Snider told the crowd.

The one-hour special mixed highlights from the benefit concert with interviews with survivors, who recall the early moments of the fire as well as their lingering injuries and difficulties paying for medical care.

“I turn around and looked up and there were people all the way up to the ceiling, on top of me, and they were all passed out,” fire survivor Gina Gauvin said in the TV special. “I felt like I was the only one awake.”

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