Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Good Deed Day

Some of you might be familiar with the Billions Booking Agency. They book tours for some really great bands such as Idlewild, The Standard, New Pornographers, Sea Ray, and Wire. I’m mentioning them because one of their agents lost their house in a fire this past Friday because of arson. Below is the full story with ways to help her, her husband, and young son who lost pretty much everything because of it.

Ok people, good Karma awaits.

“Billions agent Ali Giampino, her husband Scott, and their son Max became victims of arson at their Seattle area home early in the morning of Friday, August 6. Shortly before 1:00 AM, Ali woke to sounds of breaking glass and fire engulfing their home. Thankfully, all three of them escaped unharmed but their two cats, their possessions, and their home did not fare as well. They have lost virtually everything.

They are fully insured and will eventually be able to rebuild and replace much of what was destroyed. In the meantime, an account has been set up at US Bank and donations are currently being accepted from those willing and able to help. The account is called "The GiampinoFund" and you may make donations at any branch in the country. Please quote account #153556105382 when doing so. You may also need to reference Denise Maupin as the person who established the account.
Donations can also be mailed to:

US Bank
attn: Misty Budworth / Giampino Fund
1525 First Avenue-Suite 4
Seattle, WA 98101
re: The Giampino Fund
Credit Card donations can be made through the following PayPal account. The funds are set up to be transferred into the above US Bank account:

PayPal | The Giampino Fund
Go to www.paypal.com
Select "Make Payments"
The email that will pull up the Giampino Fund is:
dmopbox-giampinofund@yahoo.com
The Capitol Hill branch of Sonic Boom Records (in Seattle, WA) is also currently accepting donations. Since the Giampinos are without a home, the most useful items are money, gift certificates, and good thoughts. Max could use some clothing (size 4T or 5T), books, and toys (Clifford The Big Red Dog, Tonka trucks, and similar things). The fire has officially been declared an arson and agents from the Washington Insurance Council, the Arson Alarm Foundation and the ATF are offering a $38,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the parties responsible for the fires. Anyone with information should call 1-800-55ARSON.Ali and Scott convey their heartfelt thanks for the tremendous outpouring of sympathy and support. Please feel free to forward this information to anyone interested.”