The organization, Pearl Jam Forest Hills, has raised over $60,000 so far, bringing the head of the organization, Daniel Sheffer, closer to his dream of seeing the band live at Forest Hills Stadium. The money will be used to try to lure the band to play at the stadium.
“It’s beyond my wildest dreams. We’re thankful for all of our supporters,” Sheffer said. “It’s like there are actually people who believe in this and it makes us want to keep going and pushing harder.”
Forest Hills Stadium has held many high-profile music shows over the years, including the Talking Heads and The Beatles. The Who is slated to play in 2015. But if Sheffer and his Pearl Jam ilk are successful in convincing the band to come, it would be the first completely publicly funded concert held in the venue.
The fundraiser will be held on Jan. 8 and Sheffer is confident in the the bar’s ability to host the fundraiser since they’ve held other similar events before. Sheffer is also taking the opportunity to help raise money during the fundraiser for charity organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project and Team Gleason.
People who come to the fundraiser can choose what organization they want to give money to. They will also be able to contribute to the Vitalogy Foundation, a nonprofit organization created by the band members of Pearl Jam.
“We’re staying humble and whatever happens we consider what we’ve already done a success,” Sheffer said.
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