Postponed: Pearl Jam Toronto Wishlist Foundation Fundraiser
Organizer: Rob Ferreira
Volunteers: Cat Harding, Shamir Kanji, Deonne Hamilton, Brock Parish, Jenni Conway, Sinead Skelly and Tim Au-Yeung
Location: Steam Whistle Brewing
255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto
Beneficiary #1: Downie Wenjack Fund
Beneficiary #2: The Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
If you have official t-shirts, posters, stickers or any other cool Pearl Jam or side project merchandise memorabilia, music/pop culture related items, gift cards, original art or anything else you would like to donate to a preparty fundraiser, donate here: https://tinyurl.com/wldonate - No bootleg items, please.
We are always in need of Preparty Team volunteers to help run the fundraisers – no experience necessary! It’s a great way to directly meet new Pearl Jam fans and help out worthy organizations. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, sign up here! http://tinyurl.com/pjvolunteer
Anyone who’s organized a preparty fundraiser knows that there’s more than meets the eye when signing on to host an event. Though there is a good amount of work involved, the rewards are huge and almost everyone who has organized one of our events has loved the experience and has/will do it again. If you’ve already volunteered at a preparty fundraiser and want to take the next step and organize a fundraiser, or you’re an organizer alumni, please sign up here! http://tinyurl.com/pjvolunteer
WHAT IS A PREPARTY FUNDRAISER?
A Wishlist Foundation preparty fundraiser is a group of fans gathering before a Pearl Jam concert to meet up and make new friends. We add in the charitable aspect by supporting Pearl Jam's Spotlight Charities and a local organization selected by the organizer of the preparty. Mix in a massive raffle of Pearl Jam fan memorabilia, an amazing auction of autographed items and some merchandise available for a donation and you’re part of the beautiful movement of fans helping to make the world a better place.
Inspired by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends’ music, philanthropy and activism, Pearl Jam fans volunteering with Wishlist Foundation have been fundraising in their honor for the past 16 years! The first preparty fundraiser was held on October 5, 2004 at Humphrey’s Bar & Grill in St. Louis prior to the Pearl Jam VFC concert organized by Brent Hinson and Laura Trafton. Due to its success, and the success of the 2005 Canadian preparty fundraisers, Wishlist Foundation was created.
ABOUT WISHLIST FOUNDATION
Wishlist Foundation, a Pearl Jam fan-run grassroots 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is hosting preparty fundraisers in March and April at every city on the band’s 16-date North American tour supporting their much-anticipated eleventh studio album, Gigaton. The tour kicks-off on March 18 in Toronto and wraps with a two-date stint in Oakland April 18-19.
Conceived in 2004 and officially organized in 2006, Wishlist Foundation has remained a 100% volunteer organization run by fans, raising over 1.3 million dollars for charitable organizations in the arenas of health and chronic illness, environmental causes, arts and education and social change.
“We are incredibly grateful for the decade-plus years of support and inspiration from the Wishlist Foundation's pre-parties,” states Mike McCready, lead guitarist of Pearl Jam. “I think our fans are very proactive in terms of fundraising for events before our shows. They do it of their own volition and they take care of each other and their communities. It always blows me away.”
A pioneer in fan-based viral activism and leader in the Pearl Jam fan community, Wishlist Foundation sponsored events are the go-to destination for thousands of both diehard and new fans of the band across the globe to gather before Pearl Jam and other related concerts, forge new friendships, all while uniting behind causes important to both the fans and band. Wishlist Foundation is fan-run and not affiliated with Pearl Jam, Ten Club LLC, Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation, its management or any of its related entities.