Squeaky Wheel Tour raises awareness for missing persons
Sacramento Ca October 17th, 18th, and November 1st: GINA for Missing Persons FOUNDation presents the 3rd International Squeaky Wheel Tour (or SWT). This acclaimed concert series raises awareness for those who go missing every year. SAUL KAYE (www.saulkaye.com) will headline during the 2008 Squeaky Wheel Tour, October 17th - November 4th. This 19-day event will draw attention to several hundred missing people, each profiled by artists participating in concerts throughout the US and other countries. This global community effort is supported by the families of the missing and nonprofits including Tommy Foundation (OR), In Hope (IN), The Cue Center (NC), The Maryland Taskforce for the Missing and Unidentified, Tennessee Alliance for the Missing, Project Jason (NE), Team Hope, The Nevada Child Seekers and The Morgan Nick Foundation (OK).
Jannel Rap (Clementine member and founder of the Squeaky Wheel Tour) has intimate knowledge of the missing. Her sister, musician Gina Bos, disappeared on October 17, 2000. Jannels heartache over the unknown status of her sister became a fight to gain attention for all missing and an avenue to bring hope to their families. 850,000 missing persons reports are made each year in the U.S. 110,000 of those cases go unsolved. The majority of families face the same dilemma that Jannel encountered when Gina went missing: when their loved ones simply vanish with no lurid or dramatic story, they garner no media attention. Rap felt that she had to do something to change that, and she brought the concept of the Squeaky Wheel Tour to life.
Those participating in SWT earmark their concerts or events to profile a missing person(s) in their community. They profile that missing person during their show and ask attendees to take a flyer to post throughout their community. To date: over 300 missing people profiled by GINA have been FOUND. A daily updated list of the events, locations, dates and most importantly, the missing to be profiled may be FOUND at www.411Gina.org/squeakywheeltour.htm