The Station Nightclub Fire Memorial Foundation is rejecting an attempt by the leader singer of the band Great White to donate money to the foundation.
Jack Russell, the lead singer of the band that lit off pyrotechnics inside the Station Nightclub causing a fire that killed 100 people listed the Station Nightclub Fire Memorial Foundation as the benefit for a concert he is playing near Los Angeles.
When the foundation learned of the show it immediately contacted the band's manager asking to be removed from the benefit because the families of the victims do not want to be associated with Russell. Many of the families of the victims place some of the blame for the fire on Russell for lighting off the pyrotechnics in the club.
Also the State Nightclub Fire Memorial Foundation requires anyone hosting a benefit for the memorial to be approved by the board members prior to planning the event. Russell and his band never asked for permission before planning and promoting the event.
Russell removed the foundation as the beneficiary and says he will give the money raised to another charity.
Family members are particularly upset because supporters and fans of Russell have taken to blog pages saying particularly vicious things including suggesting the people opposed to accepting money from Russell should have "been the first to die in the fire."
The tenth anniversary of the Station Fire is Feb. 20.