Fundraiser for nightclub fire memorial is Friday
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The foundation working to build a permanent memorial at the site of a 2003 Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people says sales are picking up for its first major fundraiser, a comedy show Friday night at the Providence Performing Arts Center.
The show is scheduled to be hosted by Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and NBC’s ‘‘Celebrity Apprentice’’ and will feature performers including Craig Gass, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson.
Victoria Eagan, vice president of the Station Fire Memorial Foundation, said on Wednesday that sales are still not great, but have improved in recent weeks after a slow start.
The group says it must raise more than $1 million to build and maintain a permanent memorial at the site of the fire in West Warwick. The fire on Feb. 20, 2003, started when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White set fire to flammable foam that lined the walls of The Station nightclub.
Eagan says there’s the potential to raise $50,000 to $100,000 on Friday. Tickets are $30 or $40 and are available at PPAC’s website or box office.