"Bruce Brunch" Unites Fans, Raises Funds To Honor Federici
April 22, 2008 at 9:53 AM (PT)
Fans of the BRUCE BRUNCH radio show, hosted by TOM CUNNINGHAM on MILLENNIUM Classic Rock WCHR (105.7 THE HAWK)/MONMOUTH-OCEAN, NJ have raised over $8,000 so far to honor the memory of DANNY FEDERICI, the long-time member of BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN'S E STREET BAND who passed away after a three-year battle with MELANOMA last THURSDAY (4/17).
Over the last three years, a growing, worldwide Internet community of SPRINGSTEEN fans has been congregating every SUNDAY on the message board of SPRINGSTEEN fan site BACKSTREETS.COM while listening to the BRUCE BRUNCH on 105.7 THE HAWK, over the air, or via the Internet stream at 1057THEHAWK.COM. The show airs from 9-11a ET.
Listeners decided to use last SUNDAY’s BRUCE BRUNCH as a platform to raise additional money for the DANNY FEDERICI MELANOMA FUND, which is affiliated with MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING CANCER CENTER and dedicated to the research and development of new and effective treatments for Melanoma. The organizers, who are "ecstatic over the overwhelming response," are extending the fund-raiser for two more weeks. Organizers hope to make a formal presentation of the funds raised along with a list of those who have contributed to representatives from both the FEDERICI family and SLOAN-KETTERING in early MAY.
Donations have arrived from fans of all ages and from all parts of the world, including AFGHANISTAN, where a woman serving in the Armed Forces who is known as “Captain Nat” is a fan of the show, and DENNISPORT, MA, where a 15-year-old fan named SARAH donated her entire weekly allowance.
To make a donation, go to http://www.backstreets.com/btx/viewtopic.php?t=88430. For more information about the DANNY FEDERICI MELANOMA FUND, check out www.thedannyfedericimelanomafund.com.