Ground Kontrol super friend John Leslie suffered a stroke on Tuesday, November 13 and has been in the hospital since. Since then, he’s been slowly recovering (and trying to get back to making his family and friends awesomely happy) but it’s going to be an extremely long process, during which John will be unable to work. In addition to that, he was not offered health insurance through his employer, so tens of thousands of dollars in debt are stacking up.
John was one of the original supporters of Rock Band Tuesdays at Ground Kontrol, going so far as to supply his own instruments and buy songs on his own dime when the night was just a handful of fans having a good time. Now it’s been lauded as the biggest and best Rock Band night in America, and we definitely have John to thank for his amazing contributions towards that.
We at Ground Kontrol are proud to call John one of our best friends and many of you at GK during Rock Band have heard everyone cheer when John enters the room. We’re hoping you consider John a friend, too, or are sympathetic to his situation and are able to contribute.
If you have anything to spare, please consider donating to John’s fund via FundRazr. We’re also going to be collecting donations at Ground Kontrol regularly, with special efforts to build support on John’s favorite night, Rock Band Tuesday. You can donate towards John’s recovery fund any time at Ground Kontrol, just tell the staff!
So far, nearly $1,400 has been raised for John at Ground Kontrol! During Rock Band Tuesday on November 20 and Baby Ketten Karaoke on November 21, Ground Kontrol was able to match funds collected at both events to power-up the financial favor! Special thanks to the hosts of both Rock Band Tuesday and Baby Ketten Karaoke for their extra generosity.
The next benefit event takes place Monday, December 10 at Backspace Cafe (115 NW 5th Ave., right around the corner from Ground Kontrol.) John Leslie is Super Awesome: The Benefit Show brings live bands and Ground Kontrol’s Rock Band experience together for a night of rock, revelry and relief! RSVP and get the full scoop on Facebook – we look forward to putting the “fun” in “fundraising” with you!
Please stay tuned to our website and the Facebook group John Leslie Is Super Awesome for more info on upcoming events in support of John, and send him positive thoughts – we want to see John return to 100% soon!