Mimi Fishman Foundation Auctioning Off Jon Fishman’s Used Drumsticks Online For Charity

first_imgThe Mimi Fishman Foundation is a charitable organization started by and named for Phish drummer Jon Fishman‘s late mother, Mimi Fishman. The non-profit raises money for causes close to Fishman’s heart, including charities that seek to improve the lives of children and their families. The organization raises money by auctioning off concert paraphernalia from some of our favorite music makers, such as Phish, String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, moe., and Yonder Mountain String Band.The Mimi Fishman Foundation has just kicked off their second online auction of 2017, which features exclusively Jon Fishman’s used and signed drumsticks various Phish shows throughout 2016 and early 2017. Some of the pairs of drumsticks come from particularly notable shows, including their 2016 New Years Eve performance, Halloween, and their performance with Bob Weir on October 18th in Nashville, as well as runs that are near and dear to fans like their annual Colorado summer tour closing run at Dick’s Sporting Good Park and January’s destination getaway in Mexico.If you’re feeling philanthropic in the next month, you can check out the auction for yourself here and bid on some of Fishman’s drumsticks, which are currently ranging in price from $110 to $570, with drumsticks from the Bob Weir show in Tennessee holding the highest bidding price after seventeen bids.last_img read more

A World War II Unsung Hero:

first_img The lieutenant general remembers being on the field the moment the war ended. The announcement was made three consecutive times over the loudspeakers. “At first, there was a sort of silence, but then you heard a lot of shouting,” he recalled. “There was a lot of crying; many tears were shed that day. The end was fantastic, but then shortly afterward, you knew for sure that war is an act of cowardice. I went out to the road to see the prisoners passing by, and it was endless. There were young boys, there were old men, there were all kinds there, and I said, ‘Gosh, we were killing these guys a moment ago … and now we’re giving them cigarettes.’ ” Currently, Brazil has approximately 1,400 fighter pilots, no longer shaped in the same mold as the Fighter Group, but by the doctrine that was established after the war. The Brazilian pilots’ inexperience was offset by their dedication and desire to win and honor their country’s name abroad. “I never consulted a map; I had the whole map of Italy in my head. I and all the others. There were colleagues who were called homing pigeons, because they knew more than the map did,” Lt. Gen. Rui said with teary eyes as he remembered those days. “My first mission was on November 6, 1944. I was already married, my wife was pregnant, and some days I would write her three letters. However, our main concern was to fulfill the mission. I went on 94 missions, and my plane was hit nine times, with multiple shots each time. On one occasion, there were 57 holes in my airplane. I’d taken shots in the wing, which caused significant damage to its aerodynamics. That was on April 29, 1945. I almost died,” he recalled. Nevertheless, Rui cannot pinpoint a specific mission as his main one. To him, they were all important, especially those in which the pilots were at greater risk. “People were risking their own lives, and a lieutenant knew that each bomb he dropped and each shot he fired was a step closer to ending the war. This made us very aware,” he said. This was the name he wore on his uniform as an aviation second lieutenant when he commanded 94 missions aboard a P-47 Thunderbolt, most of the time under intense fire from German anti-aircraft artillery. From October 1944 to May 1945, Brazil’s 1st Fighter Group, which was formed specifically for combat in Italy during World War II, executed 445 missions. Brazil was the only South American country to send troops to Europe to support the Allies. “The main concern we had was, basically, to fulfill the mission. It was a pain, however, to say the least! You had to remain amid crossfire for almost three hours; there was no place to go where you wouldn’t get shot,” said Lt. Gen. Rui, one of the few remaining survivors of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force (FEB). The FEB was composed of volunteers, mostly cadets who had recently graduated from the Brazilian Army Officer Training School, because the Brazilian Air Force did not yet exist. “Brazil entered World War II after some of its ships were bombed along the Brazilian coast. In December 1943, the Fighter Group was created. We entered the war with 22 pilots, and obviously, we had no experience in this. “Fighter pilots nowadays are surprisingly well prepared professionally, capable of piloting any fighter plane. I sense in them an enormous desire to defend Brazil, and the FEB had enormous influence on this. Our victorious return from Italy, I think, was the last straw that brought down President Getúlio Vargas’ dictatorship and sowed democracy in Brazil,” he concluded. The important point to emphasize is that the Americans sold us [Brazil] the planes, and we chose the P-47,” the lieutenant general said. In total, 47 Brazilian pilots participated in at least one mission during the war. By war’s end, five Brazilians pilots had been taken prisoners and another five were killed in combat. By Dialogo October 01, 2012 At the age of 93, Lieutenant General Rui Barbosa Moreira Lima is one of only three living Brazilian fighter pilots from World War II. A career military officer, he has been highly decorated and served as commander of Santa Cruz Air Base in Rio de Janeiro from August 1962 to April 1964, when he was dismissed by the military government that took control of the country. He has been trying to get a full amnesty since then, but has had no luck. He also authored several works about aviation and the members of his fighter group, the best-known of which is titled, Hit ’Em Hard!, a combat memoir from his days in the Italian theater of operations. In May 2012, Lt. Gen. Rui Moreira Lima sat down with Diálogo to share some of his stories. In military circles, it is often said that fighter pilots are “different.” This statement appears to fit Lieutenant General Rui Moreira Lima like a glove, starting with his nom de guerre. Even though he was the son of an appellate judge from a well-known family in Brazil, he chose to be known simply as Rui. Those heroes that were willing to die so that we could live, will not be forgotten. Coincidentally, just yesterday night, in our circle of friends, we remembered the FEB (Brazilian Expeditionary Force) and the moving visit I paid to the “Museo del Expedicionario” in Curitiba, Brasil. Thank you from my heart to Lt. Gral. Rui. There will always be people who remember the Heroes of America, as American I lower the Paraguayan flag and as a soldier I express my gratitude to Lieutenant Riu who gave everything for his love of freedom. I would like to visit Museo de Los Expedicionarios in Curitiba in the near future.last_img read more

Club’s inclusive pledge pays off for new golfers

first_img19 Oct 2018 Club’s inclusive pledge pays off for new golfers Durham City Golf Club has welcomed three young men with autism into golf as part of its pledge to be an inclusive club.The club is working with the North East Autism Society, based at Chester-Le-Street, County Durham, and three new players – Steve, Lewis and Mark – have been taking golf lessons over the last few weeks.The successful venture has been part-funded by England Golf after Durham City signed up to its Inclusive Club Pledge. As a result, the club will receive support to improve the experience of disabled people, bring inclusive thinking into the planning of further activities and build further links within their community.Steve (pictured), Lewis and Mark have all been encouraged by Head Professional Tom Cranfield to develop their skills on the practice area, putting green and out on the course.Each of the sessions have been enthusiastic, fun filled and enjoyable, both for the young adults and their coach. Tom, who is coaching disabled adults for the first time, said: “These sessions have been not only enjoyable but very rewarding personally and as a coach I have also learned such a lot.”There’s a clear rapport between coach and students with lots of “high fives” exchanged during the sessions and some wonderful moments, such as Steve’s huge hug for Tom to show how much he enjoyed playing on the course.Clubs which would like to sign up to the pledge, and show their commitment to including disabled people and making golf a game for all, should contact [email protected]  Tags: Autism, City of Newcastle Golf Club, Inclusive Club Pledgelast_img read more