Rancid, TSOL, Adolescents, Black Flag, C.J. Ramone, Slayer, Lemmy and Numerous Other Punk Rock & Heavy Metal Legends Join Forces to Help Ailing Influential Guitar Player
|Frank Ruffino and family. 2009|
|Tim Armstrong, Lars Fredericksen and Matt Freeman of Rancid posing with their autographed guitar to be auctioned off on eBay to help Frank Ruffino.|
|Randy Bradbury of Pennywise posing with his autographed guitar to be auctioned off on eBay to help Frank Ruffino.|
|Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion with his autographed guitar to be auctioned off on eBay to help Frank Ruffino.|
|Chuck Dukowski of Black Flag with the Punk bass autographed guitar to be auctioned off on eBay to help Frank Ruffino.|
|Matt Freeman of Rancid with the Punk bass autographed guitar to be auctioned off on eBay to help Frank Ruffino.|
Ruffino have banded together to save his life. Unite the United Foundation, which was formed by Kevin Lyman founder of the Vans Warped Tour, is facilitating numerous eBay auctions of one-of-kind autographed instruments and collectable Punk Rock memorabilia to raise the necessary funds to pay for Ruffino’s life-saving liver transplant surgery.
Frank Ruffino’s seminal monster guitar sound was the foundation of China White, the pivotal Huntington Beach–based Punk Rock band formed in 1978, which made their mark on the OC and LA club circuits before releasing their first E.P, Dangerzone, in 1981 after being picked-up by Frontier Records. Alongside T.S.O.L, Social Distortion and The Adolescents, China White established and drove the raucous and influential southern California punk scene, which directly impacted and inspired the global Punk Rock musical genre. In spite of numerous lineup changes, breakups and reunions over three and a half decades, Ruffino has remained the band's one constant member and a respected figure in the punk community.
Now, Ruffino, a husband and father to 2 young boys, has spent the majority of the last year in and out of hospitals awaiting a liver transplant. Ruffino is currently in the ICU at UCLA Medical Center under the care of liver specialists. Doctors say Frank’s best chance of getting this timely and much needed transplant is to get to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida by mid-April.
Autographed guitars, artwork, skateboard decks, LP’s, and memorabilia (itemized list below) donated by Social Distortion, Pennywise, Rancid, Bad Religion, T.S.O.L, Slayer, Minor Threat, The Stooges, The Adolescents, Agent Orange, Black Flag, Youth Brigade, and countless other iconic Punk Rock and Heavy Metal musicians and entities will go up as ten-day auctions on eBay on April 20, 2013, beginning at 8 p.m. PST. All proceeds will go to Frank’s hospital care, family lodging and transportation expenses. All Unite the United Foundation auctions can be accessed through the eBay auction link on http://www.unitetheunited.com/ or the direct eBay link: http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/unitetheunited
Additionally, a benefit show and two auction item viewing parties will be held in advance of the April 20, 2013, 8 p.m. PST, eBay Auction start-date and time, as follows:
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