Squeaky Wheel Tour
Posted By: Jenn Hatcher
A concert in Lincoln (Meadowlark Café, 7 p.m.) Friday night, hopes to raise awareness for the 85,000 people missing in the
The Squeaky Wheel® Tour is an annual, internationally acclaimed concert series created by the GINA for Missing Persons FOUNDation, which raises awareness for the staggering number of people who vanish every
year. The GINA FOUNDation and subsequently the Squeaky Wheel® Tour, was created by Jannel Rap in honor of her sister, Gina Bos. Both musicians, Gina mysteriously disappeared from
October 17, 2000 after a performance. Her car was found the next day with her guitar in the trunk, but there was no sign of Gina. She has not been seen since. Jannel realized during her attempts to find her own sister that
so many families were facing the same hurdles - their loved ones simply vanishing with little or no drama to gain the much-needed, ongoing attention and interest of the media for the disappearance of that person. Jannel had
to do something to change that. In 2001, she launched the GINA FOUNDation, which held GINA Concerts and in 2006, the SWT®. Through the collective efforts of cooperating nonprofits, law enforcement, artists, audiences, families of the missing and the media that support this much needed work, the Squeaky Wheel® Tour brings awareness to the missing. The public supporting the events are the critical factor that helps to bring the tips in for law enforcement to assist in finding those waiting to be found.
Families of the missing not only suffer the loss of their loved ones and financial, emotional and mental hardships, but they find it difficult or next to impossible to gain media attention when there is nothing new in their loved one's case. The Squeaky Wheel® Tour's effort helps to bridge the gap by partnering with artists and nonprofits world-wide to bring local attention to local missing. Please join us in this effort to help the families.
During the events performers spotlight specific missing persons in the event area, giving details of the events leading up to the disappearance. Attendees may take a flyer to post throughout their community. A more extensive list of those waiting to be found in your area is at www.411GINA.org.