FANS OF THE BAND WIDESPREAD PANIC DISPLAY LONG-TERM COMMITMENT TO IMPROVING THE COMMUNITIES THAT HOST THEM|
WHAT: In an effort to promote hunger awareness and philanthropic causes Panic Fans For Food, a division of 501c3 For A Good Cause, and the Local Area Food Bank will be hosting a food drive at the Asheville Civic Center in conjunction with the Widespread Panic concert.
WHEN: April 21, 2001
WHERE: Asheville Civic Center
Answering the call of band member John Bell to respect all the towns and communities through which Widespread Panic travels, Panic Fans For Food (PF3), a non-profit group created in 1999 by Widespread Panic fans, will be holding food drives at each of Widespread Panic’s seven shows on their 2002 Spring Tour. The band will travel to Raleigh and Asheville, North Carolina, Savannah, Georgia, and conclude their tour with three nights in Birmingham, Alabama. Because Panic Fans for Food is not officially associated with the band, all of the food drives have been organized and supported by volunteers in true grassroots fashion.
“Widespread Panic is extremely fortunate to have a fan operated and supported organization such as Panic Fans For Food to create a positive legacy in the communities that the band plays in,” comments Mary Armstrong, of Widespread’s management team, Brown Cat, Inc. This is a landmark event because there has yet to be an entire tour devoted to food drives. Typically, strategic dates are chosen within a tour.
In just over two years the organization has raised more than $10,000 and 5 tons of food, donating the proceeds to those communities that host the concerts. Panic Fans For Food has already held successful drives in conjunction with Widespread Panic concerts in over 16 cities from Myrtle Beach, SC to San Francisco, CA. Recently, Relix magazine endorsed PF3 in their most recent issue and has set up a web page (www.relix.com/pfff) devoted to raising money for the cause by selling subscriptions at a reduced rate and donating a portion of their proceeds to PF3.
Panic Fans For Food founder, Joshua Stack, describes the goals of the volunteer effort: “Our primary objective is to battle hunger in any way that we can. America’s entirely too wealthy to have malnourished children. It’s also a way for many Widespread Panic (and music) fans to exercise their social conscience while having a good time. Finally, from the scene’s perspective, we’d also like to make sure that the communities that host us are left with as positive an impact as possible.”