Styx, REO Speedwagon's Rock To The Rescue Donates $25k To Families Affected By Paris Terrorist Attacks
November 19, 2015 at 2:14 PM (PT)
ROCK TO THE RESCUE, the nonprofit organization founded by STYX and REO SPEEDWAGON, will donate $25,000 to the SWEET STUFF FOUNDATION to help those families directly affected by the terrorist attacks in PARIS.
In honor of the musicians and crew who lost their lives in the attack at the BATACLAN, where EAGLES OF DEATH METAL were performing, from now until DECEMBER 31st, SWEET STUFF is dedicating all money received directly to the surviving families of those who passed away, including that of the band’s merchandise manager, NICK ALEXANDER. The SWEET STUFF FOUNDATION was founded by QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's JOSH HOMME, who is also a key recording member of EAGLES OF DEATH METAL, but was not with the band in PARIS when the attacks occurred.
“We feel terribly saddened and outraged by these attacks,” says STYX guitarist/vocalist TOMMY SHAW “We hope that our contribution will help ease some of the pain and some of the expenses of what this means to the families as they go through the process of grieving and bringing their loved ones home. JOSH and the band lost a crew member and employees of their record label, UNIVERSAL, during the terrorist attacks. This hits home for us because we’re also on the same label, and we deeply love our employees and our crew. Our hearts, minds, and prayers are with all the victims, and we urge all fans of STYX, EAGLES OF DEATH METAL, and classic rock who feel touched by this to join us in contributing. Thank you from everyone in the STYX family for your compassion.”
ROCK TO THE RESCUE — spearheaded by HANNAH SHAW - -is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by the band, whose mission is to build strong, healthy communities through the support of grassroots organizations across the country. Having played over 1500 shows in the last 15 years, STYX has been strongly connected with communities across the country. At each tour date, ROCK TO THE RESCUE partners with a local group to give back through community outreach, fundraising, and volunteer support. HANNAH SHAW researches local nonprofit organizations and picks one to see if they are interested in volunteering to help the band sell $10 tickets for a drawing to win a signed STYX guitar at the shows. They give these organizations a percentage of the sales as their way of supporting their cause and thanking them for supporting the band’s cause.