Route91Strong is a 501c3 Tax Exempt Non-Profit Organization founded by Lisa Fine and Brian Claypool, survivors of the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival shooting that occurred on Sunday, October 1, 2017. These survivors from Northern and Southern California along with other survivors including lead singer Bryan Hopkins and lead guitarist Ben Carey of Elvis Monroe, Jennifer Holub, Christine Caria as well as Greg and Tennille Greenfield and a team including Dave Freudenberger, LoriDawn Messuri, Blake Gotts, Ken Cavalli and Denise Beingessner have come together to advocate for the families involved in senseless and horrific acts of violence.
Our overall goal is to raise funds for those who survive tragedies such as this who desperately need time to get their lives back on track. Many of our applicants suffer with tremendous PTSD, sleepless nights, nightmares, are unable to work, can’t pay their bills and they start giving up hope...our Route91Strong team catches these precious souls before they fall.
Lisa suddenly found herself right in the middle of a war zone, at that concert, and she saw the depth of darkness, but through it, she witnessed the most beautiful light inside people’s souls while heroes pulled together as one, risking their lives for each other. There was no separation due to race, religion or politics... If our world could be like that all the time, it would be a better place, like heaven on earth.
“I was in the 1st row in the Neon Lounge VIP section when bullets started raining down on myself & 22,000 fans. I was certain that we would all die that night. I got a second chance, and I just knew I had to do something bigger with my life. So myself along with other survivors, loved ones and trusted professionals created Route91Strong, a nonprofit to help those who were falling through the cracks & giving up hope. “ –Lisa Fine