Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Rush auction raises $50,000 for humanitarian aid

Rush and their fans have raised more than $50,000 for Grapes for Humanity, an organization that helps to raise funds to benefit humanitarian causes around the world with the assistance of the international wine community.

Geddy Lee is a member of the board of directors for the organization and Rush has sponsored past eBay auctions to benefit the charity.

Geddy, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart mined their personal stash to select some very special items to put up on this year’s Rush Ebay auction, including signed and one-of-a-kind items like Neil’s cymbals, a guitar and a bass used on the Time Machine tour, as well as nostalgic Rush items used on the Snakes and Arrows tour.

All proceeds from the auction went to the Grapes For Humanity charity.

“I would like to take a moment to thank all those fans and friends who participated in the GRAPES UNDER PRESSURE eBay auction to benefit GRAPES FOR HUMANITY CANADA,” writes Geddy. “With your help, we managed to raise over $50,000 dollars! When combined with monies raised in our other G.U.P. events, we will be able to significantly improve the lives of disadvantaged and injured people around the globe and more immediately will aid THE HALO TRUST in establishing a pilot project in Savannakhet Province, Laos, to address the urgent problem of casualties caused by cluster bombs. Alex, Neil, myself and the entire G.U.P. Team, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”

Learn more about Grapes For Humanity here.

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