The original mission statement of this foundation was to promote and support children's music education through projects dedicated in Tony's honor.This week we will have some special announcements around fulfilling that mission. We got to this point with the encouragement and support of many. Tony touched a lot of you reading this through his words, music, character and humanity. We wanted to give special thanks to some people that have gone above and beyond in the last year or so.
The last two years David Grimson of In A Row Promotions in Melbourne Australia has put together Via Melbourne a Tribute to Tony and a fundraiser for our foundation. Its been a massive success in both 2014 and 2015.Thank you also to Ramshackle Army, Suicide Tuesdays, 51 Percent, Jay Wars, Tim Hampshire, Secondhand Squad, Coffin Wolf, Postscript, Bombs are Falling,Josh Arentz and David Weir for playing and putting together this year's show. Also special thanks to Dan Barkley and all at PunkRock Radio for help with promotion.
Next up where would this foundation be without the amazing Never Forget Tony Sly shirts that were distributed all over the world? Thank you to Jonny Wilson and his mates in the Hook-Line Riot for all your efforts with the T-shirts and the hoodies. You guys donated more than $4000 to the foundation with your shirt sales..and just as importantly made "Never Forget Tony Sly" a global statement of remembrance for his fans. We will never forget your efforts. Thank you!
Lastly, we can't say enough about Daniel Bubert and Anthony Ciandella of the band Lowbrow and all the work they did getting 20 different musicians together to record Tony's songs for the Best Regards compilation. This pay your own price download generated $2500 for the foundation. Its an amazing piece of work with contributions from Chris Shearer and Charley Arents, Brian Lee, Mike Ledonne, Sunny Jim Brown, Jenn Fiorentino, Josh Ralphie Schneider, Mathew Clayton Turek, Paul Teel, Aaron Peters, Christopher Bolter, Adrian Saylor, Joe Treister, Kevin Skalba, Joel Cuzzi, Dan Gardner, Matt Salkeld, Jared Stinson and a late entry from Dylan Blanton. Thank you all, it is such a great record.
Its Thanksgiving this week, and we are thankful that Tony touched your lives in a meangingful way and that you have helped us keep his spirit alive.