PEARL JAM FANS HOST PRE-CONCERT FUNDRAISERS TO SUPPORT CONCERTS AT FENWAY PARK June 23 2016
BOSTON, MA – 06/21/2016 – Wishlist Foundation, a fan-run grassroots nonprofit organization that raises money for nonprofits that the band Pearl Jam supports, is hosting fundraisers prior to each of the band’s concerts at Fenway Park on August 5th and August 7th. The fan-run fundraisers will benefit NAMI and Pearl Jam’s own Vitalogy Foundation and its spotlight charities; organizations important to each band member.
Pearl Jam is widely known for their passionate and dedicated fan base. The fan-run Wishlist Foundation fundraisers draw thousands of people from all over the world as the premier destination spot for fan gatherings before Pearl Jam concerts.
“I think our fans are very proactive in terms of fundraising for events before our shows. Wishlist Foundation…a really cool organization…organizes pre-concert events to raise money for nonprofits supported by our band. They do it of their own volition and they take care of each other & their communities. It always blows me away,” states Mike McCready, lead guitarist of Pearl Jam.
Conceived in 2004, the fan-run Wishlist Foundation has raised over $900,000 for charitable organizations in the fields of health and chronic illness, environmental causes, arts and education and social change. The organization hopes to reach its goal of one million dollars by September 14, 2016, to commemorate the ten year anniversary of its nonprofit designation.
In addition to playing Fenway Park this summer, Pearl Jam will also return to Chicago’s Wrigley Field to perform two concerts on August 20th and 22nd. The band recently completed their spring tour that began in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on April 8th, and wrapped up on May 12th in Toronto, ON. Wishlist Foundation held fundraisers prior to each of the concerts on the spring tour, raising over $100,000 in cash and in-kind donations.
Attendees of the fan-run Wishlist fundraisers can donate to receive t-shirts, buttons and accessories. Fans can also enter a raffle at these events for a chance to win fan-donated band collectibles. Silent & live auctions will feature donated autographed Pearl Jam posters & other rare memorabilia. All proceeds from the raffles and auctions will benefit Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation as well as local charities selected by the organizer of each event.
More information on the fan-run Wishlist Foundation fundraisers can be found at wishlistfoundation.org.