Tattoo show raises $20,000 for club fire memorial
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An exhibit that featured photographs of tattoos people got to remember those killed in a 2003 nightclub fire has raised $20,000 for efforts to build a permanent memorial at the site of the fire.
Paula McLaughlin organized the exhibit. Her brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Sandy Hoogasian (hoo-GAY'-zhan), were among the 100 people killed in the fire.
She says on Tuesday that the exhibit, which was called Station Ink and ran Friday through Sunday, raised $20,000 for the Station Fire Memorial Foundation.
The group is working to build a memorial at the fire site and says it must raise more than $1 million to build and maintain it. It’s also planning a comedy show as a major fundraiser on March 8.
The 10th anniversary of the fire is Wednesday.