Frank Ruffino of The Outsiders and China White (pictured right with his wife and children in 2009), one of the Orange County musicians whose energy, style and tone helped define the Southern California hardcore punk sound is in critical need of a liver transplant.
Musicians, family, friends and organizations such as Music Cares Foundation, Unite the United Foundation (founded by Vans Warped Tour creator Kevin Lyman) , OC music venue The Observatory (formerly the Galaxy) and restaurant, art and music salon 2nd Floor Art Food and Drink in Frank’s hometown of Huntington Beach as well as the downtown Los Angeles Punk Rock Museum are all stepping up in creative ways to help raise the money needed for the approved operation, transportation to and from Jacksonville Fl. where the procedure will be done, and associated medical expenses.
The auction will be conducted online but there will be two preview parties where the memorabilia items can be viewed before the bidding opens on eBay (http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/unitetheunited ).
The first viewing is this Sunday (April 14, 2013 at 1:00PM) at the Los Angeles Punk Rock Museum (1640 N. Spring Street, LA 90012). The event will include a no host bar and entertainment by Sean Wheeler and Zander Schloss.
The following Saturday (on April 20, 2013) there will be another viewing at The 2nd Floor Art Food and Drink (located at 126 Main Street, HB 92648).
The auction will begin later that evening (4/20/2013 at 8:00PM PDT) and run for 10 days (through April 30).
Auction Items Include:
- ADOLESCENTS SIGNED CUSTOM GUITAR
- SOCIAL DISTORTION SIGNED GUITAR
- PENNYWISE SIGNED GUITAR
- RANCID SIGNED GUITAR
- BAD RELIGION SIGNED GUITAR
- TSOL RON EMORY SIGNED GUITAR
- CHINA WHITE FRANK RUFFINO SIGNED GUITAR
- SLAYER KERRY KING SIGNED BC RICH WARLOCK SIGNED BASS
- A bass guitar signed by: Steve Soto, Adolescents, Agent Orange; CJ Ramon, Ramones; Brian Baker, Minor Threat; Mike Watt, Stooges etc; Chuck Dukowski, Black Flag; Randy Bradbury, Pennywise; Matt Freeman, Rancid; Mike Roche, TSOL: Adam Stern, Youth Brigade; Jay Bentley, Bad Religion; Zander Schloss, Circle Jerks.
More Punk bass Legends Are continuing to sign daily. Latest additions include:
Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers; Tony Kanal of No Doubt, Norwood Fisher of Fishbone; Martyn LeNoble of Porno For Pyros, Fat Mike of NOFX, Claus Flouride of The Dead Kennedys, Louichi Mayorga of Suicidal Tendencies; Steve “Human” Pfauter, Chalmer Lumery and Joe Escalante of The Vandals; John Mauer and Brent Harding of Social Distortion; Eric Wilson of Sublime ;Mike Patton of Middle Class; Corey Parks of Nashville Pussy; Corey Stretz of The Crowd, JFA; James Rodriguez of China White; Jennifer Finch of L7, John Bazz of The Blasters; Johnny Ray Bartel of The Knitters, Red Devils and more signing daily.
Additional Items of signed artwork and memorabilia:
- EXENE CERVENKA FRAMED AND SIGNED PRINT BY JOHN GILHOOLEY
- DUANE PETERS SIGNED DECK
- JFA SIGNED DECK
- STEVE OLSON SIGNED ART
- ALLISON BURNS, CUSTOM LEATHER BAG
- CHIP FOOSE SIGNED ARTWORK
- BAD OTIS LINK ART
- BYO RECORDS, 2 PUNK ROCK BOWLING PASSES, 2-SIGNED BYO ANNIVERSARY BOOK PACKAGES AND 2-SIGNED POSTERS
- EDWARD COLVER SIGNED End Of the Funnel photo book
- TSOL SIGNED POSTER
- VICIOUS CIRCLE SIGNED LP
- ADOLESCENTS 1987 1ST EDITION BRATS IN BATALLIONS T-SHIRT & CREW PASS – FRAMED
- 80’S FRAMED GOLDENVOICE ORIGINAL FLIERS
- Punk Rock Cartoon print from Tom Neas
- Punk Rock Cartoon print from Atila
- Punk Rock Museum clock
AND A WHOLE LOT MORE TO COME
If you are a musician, artist or fan that would like to contribute instruments, artwork or other items you can contact the Unite the United Foundation via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/512220688823953/
Or feel free to leave contact or other information in the comments box below.