The benefit performance in New York was quite a successful event, as many of you know from being there. It was estimated that about 900 seats at Town Hall were filled. We entered the auditorium to the music of the Steve Elson-Art Barron Jazz Quintet. The evening began with a welcome and introduction by George Guidall, a colleague of Frank's in audio narration. A large photograph of Frank on a sailboat some years back, taken by his longtime friend Tom Donley, faced the audience from the center of the stage.
Before each author took their turn at the microphone, George introduced them with a few words and an audio clip of Frank reading from their work. It was quite a powerful effect. John Grisham was first, followed by Peter Straub. Both talked briefly and read from their recent work. This was followed by an intermission, where raffle tickets were sold to win various audio recordings at the end of the evening, and the quintet played more great jazz.
After the break Stephen King spoke about his own work and also about Frank, and then read a short story. Finally, Pat Conroy shared reflections of his life as a writer. All four authors shared from their hearts, and with good humor that Frank would have greatly enjoyed himself.
George then introduced a surprise speaker, Erika Muller, who brought little Diana with her on the stage. Erika gave a brief update on Frank's condition, adding that she had spoken with him over the phone that morning...a first for him since the accident. She then thanked everyone for their support, ending with a quote from Shakespeare, eloquently recited, while Diana intoned, "Mommy... Mommy... Mommy!" much to the delight of the crowd.
Along with two very generous gifts from one author present and another in absentia, it appears that close to $250,000 net was raised for the Wavedancer Foundation's Frank Muller Fund. -- Leo Muller
Stephen King Presents
An Evening with
Pat Conroy, John Grisham, Stephen King & Peter Straub
A Benefit Performance for Frank Muller and Family
February 2nd, 2002
123 West 43rd Street, New York, NY
With Performances By
On February 2nd, 2002, Stephen King will join three renowned authors to celebrate the work of Frank Muller, one of America's finest audio book narrators. The performance begins at 8:00 p.m. and features readings and talks by Stephen King, Pat Conroy, John Grisham, and Peter Straub. A book signing at Town Hall will follow the performance. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Frank Muller Fund, part of the newly formed Wavedancer Foundation.
In November 2001 Frank Muller sustained a serious brain injury in a motorcycle accident, which may render him unable to continue his career. Led by Stephen King, friends, and family, this benefit performance will raise funds to assist in meeting the immediate needs of Frank Muller and his family. Contributions will be made through the Wavedancer Foundation for disabled performers, writers, and members of the production community, 501(c)(3) status pending.
The mission of the Wavedancer Foundation is to foster the welfare, healing and recovery of disabled professionals like Frank Muller and to provide opportunities to rebuild their lives.
All contributions are fully tax-deductible. Checks can be made payable to The Wavedancer Foundation (memo: The Frank Muller Fund) and should be sent to:
A $100.00 donation includes preferred seating for one
A $75.00 donation includes general seating for one
A $50.00 donation includes general seating for one
A $150.00 Donation includes preferred seating for one and one book of your choice to be signed by author after the performance
A $250.00 Donation includes preferred seating for one and two books of your choice to be signed by authors following the performance
A $500.00 Donation includes premiere seating for one and four books to be signed by authors after the performance
Ticket holders will not be allowed to bring books to the show. The authors will not sign any books not purchased through the event.
The Wavedancer Foundation will issue receipts for tax-deductions upon request.
Order Tickets Now
Tickets are available immediately by email and mail.
Please make checks payable to:
The Wavedancer Foundation (memo: The Frank Muller Fund)
Tickets will be available on January 12, 2002 at the Box Office at Town Hall
and through Ticketmaster at 212-307-4100.