WhyHunger & WFUV Tribute to Pete Fornatale at the Hard Rock Cafe in NYC - 06/26/12
On Tuesday night, June 26, 2012, family, friends, and fans gathered at the Hard Rock Cafe in NYC for a spirited tribute to, and memorial for, Pete Fornatale.
WhyHunger’s Sue Leventhal and WFUV's John Platt worked to assemble a group of speakers and musicians who were able to offer lovely and unique remembrances and anecdotes about our dear friend. And when the many stories were weaved together, they painted a well-rounded picture of Pete that all who attended will surely hold dear to our hearts. Speakers included WFUV's Dennis Elsas (who was also a long-time co-worker at WNEW), Darren DeVivo, John Platt, and Don McGee, Alan Marzelli, Don Thiergard (friend for over forty years), Alan Katz, Tony Traguardo, members of WhyHunger, and a number of others who worked with, and knew Pete well. Performers included Peter Yarrow, Buskin & Batteau, Suzzy Roche, Julie Gold, Jen Chapin, Modern Man, Jake Holmes, Mike Agranoff, Christopher Brown and others. The attendees of the event have been gracious and kind enough to allow me to reprint some of their remembrances and anecdotes for the visitors to PeteFornatale.com. The segments will be added continually throughout the month of July, so please continue to visit as this section comes together.
A MESSAGE SENT TO THE EVENT'S PARTICIPANTS BY SUE LEVENTHAL OF WHYHUNGER
To say I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and generosity from this extraordinary community doesn’t come even close to scratching the surface.
On Tuesday night the shared pain of our loss, and your love radiated from every word spoken – from every message read, from every video, from all of the wonderful music. You all comprise a unique group that I am honored to be a member of – Friends of Pete Fornatale.
I treasure you all. I know that he did too.
With great affection, Sue
Please know that those of you who could not attend the event, who are now visiting Pete's website, were his friends, too. In some cases, perhaps you were a 'friend he had not yet had the pleasure of meeting'. Perhaps you were someone who had been his student, a listener, a neighbor, or an old acquaintance who had been 'out of touch'. But by simply being here and celebrating Pete's life and career on this site you help us to continue to keep his legacy alive. Thank you for stopping by.