The Associated Press is reporting that nearly $6,000 raised at a concert to benefit victims of The Station nightclub fire is sitting in a Boston bank account while the Massachusetts attorney general's office reviews a lawsuit disputing who should receive the funds.
The parties involved in the lawsuit now agree that the money should be distributed to all Massachusetts residents affected by the fire. But while the suit is being reviewed, the funds cannot legally be distributed.
The suit, filed by Arthur "Jamie" Conway, a 22-year-old freelance pianist who suffered burns and lung damage in the fire, claims the March 8 concert at a Marshfield, Mass., nightclub was staged to raise money for his medical costs.
But DRAW THE LINE, the Boston-based rock band that headlined the show, said the event was intended to benefit all Massachusetts victims of the Feb. 20 blaze that killed 100 people and injured more than 200 others.
Conway, of Pembroke, Mass., said he no longer needs help with his medical bills, but he's still suing for controlling interest of the benefit money. He said he hopes the funds go toward the Massachusetts victims or "another good cause."
Tricia Byrnes, manager of DRAW THE LINE, said she's eager to get rid of the money, and she'd still like it to go to Station fire victims, The Providence Journal reported.