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Phish Memorabilia Prevalent In Online Charity Auction
Jon Fishman Donates Many Signed Phish Artifacts
The Mimi Fishman Foundation is pleased to announce an online charity auction of Phish related memorabilia. Former Phish drummer Jon Fishman has reached deep into his past to donate many artifacts sure to be of interest to Phish fans. The charity auction features various pieces of Fishman's drum kits used on tours as well as studio recordings – some dating back to the mid to late 80's. This impressive list of items includes Jon's first kick drum which was used during the recording of Junta as well as early tour dates, his complete road practice kit, as well as many other gems from his equipment while with Phish. Fishman signed all the items he donated.
This auction is one of special importance to Fishman. "Since Phish broke up I've finally gotten around to going through all the piles of drum equipment I've accumulated over the years and setting aside the items I no longer need or will ever use again. There have been a lot of opinions about what I should do with them one way or another, but it's always been clear to me the best thing I could do would be to auction it off through my mother's foundation to help raise money for those she would have been happy to support," says Fishman.
In addition, the auction features a unique item donated by Phish bassist Mike Gordon and his mother Marjorie Minkin (with funds donated to the Triangle Arts Foundation), items signed by Phish, laminates from Phish festivals/tours, as well as other rarities. To view and/or bid on the auction, please visit the Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction Page.
Mimi Fishman (Jon's Mother) had glaucoma and was a huge believer of helping out organizations that provided assistance to those who were visually impaired, with an emphasis on those that focused on children. It is therefore no surprise that a portion of the funds raised will be directed to the National Braille Press (NBP) in the form of a sponsorship towards their soon to be released book, Who's Afraid of Braille Music. The Mockingbird Foundation has already delivered a grant to NBP for half the book's sponsorship. The donation from the Mimi Fishman Foundation will result in the book being completely sponsored by two 100% volunteer non-profit organizations, both with Phish ties.
"Jon (Fishman) and I have been talking about this auction for a while now. I am thrilled we were able to pull it together to help such wonderful causes," said Shulman, the Foundation’s Executive Director.
In addition to NBP, auction proceeds will also benefit two other organizations, Delta Gamma Center and VSA Art of Vermont. The Delta Gamma Center for Children With Visual Impairments is committed to helping infants and young children who are blind or visually impaired reach their full potential by providing individualized education, therapy, and support services to them and their families. VSA will use the funds to help support their programs for disabled children.
The Mimi Fishman Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1999 by Miriam "Mimi" Fishman (the late mother of Phish drummer Jon Fishman) and David Shulman as a vehicle to raise funds for various charities, including The American Glaucoma Society, Colorado's Boulder County Safehouse, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Evangelical Children's Home, Healing the Children, The Solace House and The Delta Gamma Center for the Visually Impaired. With no paid employees, the Foundation operates solely by the help of unpaid volunteers. To date the Foundation has been responsible for the distribution of nearly $200,000 to the charities it supports.