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For more info, please contact:
Greg Gura, Unite the United Foundation
Tel: 818-508-1243
Email: greggura@aol.com


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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
ebay Memorabilia Auctions to Raise Funds for Liver Transplant Surgery for China White‘s Frank Ruffino

March 28, 2013 - Orange County, CA – Legendary Punk Rockers, friends and fans of influential China White guitar player Frank

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:

  • Saturday, March 30, 2013, Frank Ruffino Benefit Show, featuring China White with special guests Cadillac Tramps, The Stitches, The Crowd, HFL, The Galway Hooker Band, Anarchy Taco and Aggroculture U.S. at The Observatory, 3503 S. Harbor Boulevard, Santa Ana, California, 92704.  $15.00 tickets are available online at http://www.observatoryoc.com or at the box office. Observatory  telephone number: 714-957-0600.
  • Sunday, April 14, 2013, at 1:00 PM PST, First auction item viewing party at The Los Angeles Punk Museum, 1640 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, California, 90012. Enjoy a no-host bar along with entertainment by Sean Wheeler and Zander Schloss.  (http://www.punkmuseums.com)
  • Saturday, April 20, 2013, 1:00 PM to 4 PM PST, Second auction item viewing party at The 2nd Floor Food, Art, Drinks, 126 Main Street, Huntington Beach, California 92648 (Frank Ruffino’s hometown). (http://2ndfloor.wikidot.com)

  For additional information, and interview requests, please contact Greg Gura, above.

 

Auction Items

  • Social Distortion Autographed Acoustic Guitar
  • Pennywise Autographed Electric Guitar
  • Rancid Autographed Electric Guitar
  • Bad Religion Autographed Electric Guitar
  • The Adolescents Electric Autographed
  • Pearl Jam signed poster, DVDs and CDs
  • T.S.O.L Ron Emory Autographed Guitar
  • China White Frank Ruffino Autographed Guitar
  • Slayer Kerry King Autographed BC Rich Warlock Electric Guitar
  • Autographed Bass Guitar by Steve Soto of The Adolescents and Agent Orange; Brian Baker formerly of Minor Threat and currently with Bad Religion; Mike Watt of Minutemen, Dos, and Firehose and the Stooges; Chuck Dukowski of Black Flag; Randy Bradbury of Pennywise; Matt Freeman of Rancid; Mike Roche of T.S.O.L; Adam Stern of Youth Brigade; Jay Bentley of Bad Religion; Zander Schloss of The Circle Jerks, The Weirdos, Thelonious Monster and Joe Strummer; and C.J. Ramone of The Ramones. (Additional Punk Rock Bass Guitar Legends are still continuing to autograph this instrument almost daily)
  • Signed print of Lemmy of Motorhead and Kerry King of Slayer by legendary Rock Photographer Dean Karr
  • Exene Cervenka autographed and framed print by John Gilhooley
  • Duane Peters Autographed Skateboard Deck
  • JFA Autographed Skateboard Deck
  • Steve Olson Autographed Art
  • Allison Burns Custom Gold Leather Bag
  • Chip Foose Autographed Artwork
  • Bad Otis Link Art
  • BYO Records 2 Punk Rock Bowling Passes, 2 Autographed BYO Anniversary Book Packages and Autographed Posters
  • Edward Colver Autographed ‘End of Funnel’ Photo Book.
  • T.S.O.L Autographed Poster
  • Vicious Circle Autographed LP
  • The Adolescents 1987 First Edition ‘Brats in Battalions’ Tee-Shirt and Crew Pass - Framed
  • 80’s Framed Goldenvoice Original Fliers
  • Punk Rock Cartoon A print from Tom Neas
  • Punk Rock Cartoon Print from Atila
  • Punk Rock Museum Clock
  • And many more yet-to-be-announced items.


 


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