Rock veterans TESLA headlined a sold out show this past Friday evening at the Providence Performing Arts Center which benefited survivors of the West Warwick Station nightclub fire of two years ago.
The Station Family Fund, a non-profit organization founded by fire survivors and the Wake Up To Love foundation hosted the event, which also featured platinum-selling recording artists SHINEDOWN and rock legends Pat Travers and Carmine Appice of the band VANILLA FUDGE. Local favorites MARS HILL also appeared. All performers and road crews donated their time and performances.
Station Family Fund Vice President Todd King beamed while looking upon the sellout crowd, which included 300-plus survivors and family members of victims. "The rock community really came together tonight," King said. "So many people helped us make this night happen." King was quick to point out the continued amazing support of local radio station WHJY and its morning DJ Paul Fuller who emceed the event, as well as many local business that donated goods and services. "There are so many people we need to thank: Valley Transportation; The Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Express who donated rooms for the performers; East Coast Lighting and Scorpio Sound donated their talents; Jonathan Bell of GT Law paid for all the flights; Three Leaf Design and Graphic Innovations gave their expertise in promotions; Rudy Heater, John Shenk and the Rainbow Foundation, Premier Party Planners, Stephanie Niewola for catering the event; Melodic Rock, Rock is Life, Find RI and Metal Sludge for helping us get the word out; The Providence Phoenix and WBRU for promoting the concert. All were vital to our success."