2023 Fall Preparty Fundraisers

2023 Wishlist Foundation Preparty Fundraisers

Wishlist Foundation, a Pearl Jam fan-run grassroots 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is hosting preparty fundraisers in August and September at every city on the band’s 9 date US tour. The tour kicks off August 31st in St. Paul, MN and closes out the tour in Austin on September 18th & 19th. The fan fundraiser events will benefit the band’s spotlight charities as well as local charities in each city.

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Below you will find an summary for each tour date fundraiser and links for more information:

St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center, Thursday, August 31 & Saturday, September 2

Location: Amsterdam Bar and Hall, 6th & Wabasha, St. Paul, MN 55102. Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Map, Directions & Parking – https://www.amsterdambarandhall.com/location/
Beneficiaries: Vitalogy Foundation Spotlight Charities & Hope in Grace
Organizer: Tony Doffin
Socials: St. Paul FB Group
Thursday, 8/31 Socials: FB Event
Saturday, 9/02 Socials: FB Event

Chicago, IL – United Center, Tuesday, September 5 & Thursday, September 7

Location (9/5 and 9/7): Walden Chicago, 2145 W Walnut St, Chicago, IL 60612
Beneficiaries: Vitalogy Foundation Spotlight Charities & Connections for the Homeless
Organizer(s): Elle Ullum
Socials: Chicago FB Group
Monday 9/4: Happy Hour and PJ Trivia @ Kuma’s Corner West Loop
Tuesday 9/5:  FB Event @ Walden Chicago
Wednesday 9/6: 1PM Cubs Game
Thursday 9/7: FB Event @ Walden Chicago

Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Music Center, Sunday, September 10

Location: Ruoff Music Center Parking BLUE Lot, 12880 E. 146th St., Noblesville, IN 46060
Beneficiaries: Vitalogy Foundation Spotlight Charities & American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Indiana Chapter
Organizer(s): Laura DeMartini & Mike Livingstone
Socials: Indianapolis FB Group
Sunday, 9/10: FB Event

Ft. Worth, TX – Dickies Arena, Wednesday, September 13 & Friday, September 15

Location: Tulips FTW, 112 St. Louis Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76104
Beneficiaries: Vitalogy Foundation Spotlight Charities & Parenthood of Greater Texas
Organizer(s): Wishlist Foundation
Socials: Ft. Worth FB Group
Wednesday, 9/13: FB Event
Thursday, 9/14: Wishlist 17th Anniversary (see below)
Friday, 9/15: FB Event

Wishlist Foundation 17th Year Anniversary – Thursday, September 14

Location: Tulips FTW, 112 St. Louis Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76104
Beneficiaries: Vitalogy Foundation Spotlight Charities
Organizer(s): Wishlist Foundation
Socials: wishlistfoundation.org

Austin, TX – Moody Center – Monday, September 18 & Tuesday, September 19

Location: Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701
Beneficiaries: Vitalogy Foundation Spotlight Charities
Organizer(s): Bryan Flood & Laura Trafton
Socials: Austin FB Group
Monday, 9/18: FB Event
Tuesday 9/19: FB Event


Preparty Producers: Jenny Wallack Schenk, Laura DeMartini Trafton

• Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors are not allowed. No unauthorized solicitation and materials including handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, give-aways, samples, etc.
• Unauthorized professional cameras and professional recording (photo, video, audio) equipment is not allowed. Large professional detachable zoom lenses, stands, monopods, tripods, attachment sticks (selfie sticks) or other commercial equipment is not allowed.

If you have official t-shirts, posters, stickers or any other cool Pearl Jam or side project merchandise memorabilia, music/pop culture related items, gift cards, original art or anything else you would like to donate to a preparty fundraiser, donate here! No bootleg items, please. https://bit.ly/pjdonation

We are always in need of Preparty Team volunteers to help run the fundraisers – no experience necessary! It’s a great way to directly meet new Pearl Jam fans and help out worthy organizations. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, sign up here! https://bit.ly/23pjvolunteer

Anyone who’s organized a preparty fundraiser knows that there’s more than meets the eye when signing on to host an event. Though there is a good amount of work involved, the rewards are huge and almost everyone who has organized one of our events has loved the experience and has/will do it again. If you’ve already volunteered at a preparty fundraiser and want to take the next step and organize a fundraiser, or you’re an organizer alumni, please sign up here! https://bit.ly/23pjvolunteer

A Wishlist Foundation preparty fundraiser is a group of fans gathering before a Pearl Jam concert to meet up and make new friends. Add in a charitable cause that you want to support, mix in a raffle and some merchandise available for a small donation and you’re joining with fellow fans to do great things!

PJ20 Preparty: https://bit.ly/pj20wl

The first official preparty fundraiser happened on October 5, 2004 at Humphrey’s Bar & Grill in St. Louis prior to the Pearl Jam VFC concert organized by Brent Hinson and Laura Trafton.
Due to its success, and the success of the 2005 Canadian preparty fundraisers, Wishlist Foundation was federally granted 501(c)3 nonprofit organization status in 2006.
Wishlist Foundation is a Pearl Jam fan-run grassroots 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Pearl Jam’s charitable and philanthropic efforts. Inspired by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends’ music, philanthropy and activism, Pearl Jam fans volunteering with Wishlist Foundation have been fundraising in the band’s honor for the past 19 years.

Conceived in 2004 and officially organized in 2006, Wishlist Foundation has remained a 100% volunteer organization run by fans, raising over 1.6 million dollars for charitable organizations in the arenas of health and chronic illness, environmental causes, arts and education and social change.

“We are incredibly grateful for the decade-plus years of support and inspiration from the Wishlist Foundation’s pre-parties,” states Mike McCready, lead guitarist of Pearl Jam. “I think our fans are very proactive in terms of fundraising for events before our shows. They do it of their own volition and they take care of each other and their communities. It always blows me away.”

A pioneer in fan-based viral activism and leader in the Pearl Jam fan community, Wishlist Foundation sponsored events are the go-to destination for thousands of both diehard and new fans of the band across the globe to gather before Pearl Jam and other related concerts, forge new friendships, all while uniting behind causes important to both the fans and band.

Wishlist Foundation is fan-run and not affiliated with Pearl Jam, Ten Club LLC, Vitalogy Foundation, its management or any of its related entities. Tax ID #20­5497732.