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Tim Flannery hits a home run with anti-violence message

By Catherine BigelowOctober 27, 2015

Much as we miss former S.F. Giants third-base coach Tim Flannery guiding our World Series champs along the field's "hot corner," it's probably a good thing he hung up his cleats. Now when he's not commentating for Comcast or MLB Central, the Flan-Man has more time to play his masterful music as he leads his band, the Lunatic Fringe, on tour — including a recent show on Clement Street at the Plough & Stars Pub. Hosted by publican Sean Heaney and organized by S.F. Giants Community Fund trustee Kathleen Dowling McDonough, Flannery, and the crack crew of musicians he fondly dubs "the fighting poets," wowed the sold-out crowd with their Irish-influenced bluegrass jams mixed with Flannery's genetic gift for Gaelic gab. But it's not all rock 'n' roll: Flannery's concerts (matched by music downloads, CDs and T-shirt sales) benefit the Love Harder Project, an organization dedicated to assisting victims of violence that he co-founded with his wife, Donna Flannery. The couple were inspired by Bryan Stow, the Giants fan viciously beaten in 2011 at Dodger Stadium. "Thanks to matching grants from friends like Jeremy Affeldt, we managed to raise $200,000. But that took us two years to achieve," he said. "Just the other day, we gave Brian $3K; he hasn't received a nickel from his settlement. Now he's speaking at schools, talking to kids about how he was beat up by an adult bully. So we cover his travel costs, too." The concert tallies are modest yet healthy: The Plough show raised almost $4K. But the Flannerys' goal for Love Harder is to grow their assistance while spreading their anti-violence message far and wide. "We're totally grassroots. How I fund this thing, is the music," said Flannery, a long-tenured singer-guitarist-songwriter. "But our shows aren't about the money. My band always reminds me, 'It's the message.' The money we raise won't stop violence. But hopefully the message will."

About The Love Harder Project - Assisting Victims of Violence

The Love Harder Project uses music to raise money and awareness to assist victims of violence. The organization was founded as an extension of former Major League Baseball player and three-time World Series Champion San Francisco Giants Third Base Coach, Tim Flannery's work in support of Bryan Stow, a Giants fan who was savagely beaten on opening day 2011. To support Bryan and his family, Tim has used his music to raise well over $200,000. More than that, he has kept Bryan's story in the public eye, which has generated additional money for the family. With that success, Tim created The Love Harder Project to do more. In addition to raising money for The Love Harder Project, Tim has used his music to raise money for a variety of causes including, the fight to end homelessness, cancer research and a children's camp. Throughout his career as a baseball player and musician, it had become abundantly clear to Tim that he could help others. He could do more. He could give back. His efforts over the last 30 years have proven this to be true and The Love Harder Project is a way to not only continue these efforts, but also formalize and grow them. More can be done. More money can be raised. More awareness generated. The Love Harder Project shines a bright light and helps drive the "more." The Love Harder Project is a 501(c)(3) designation. All donations to The Love Harder Project dating back to December 2014 are retroactively tax deductible.

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The organization was founded as an extension of former Major League Baseball player and three-time World Series Champion San Francisco Giants Third Base Coach, Tim Flannery's work in support of Bryan Stow, a Giants fan who was savagely beaten on opening day 2011. To support Bryan and his family, Tim has used his music to raise well over $200,000 for the Stows. More than that, he has kept Bryan's story in the public eye, which has generated additional money for the family. With that success, Tim created The Love Harder Project to do more. For more information please visit The Bryan Stow Foundation

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The Love Harder Project supports Faces without Places (FwP). FwP provides educational and enrichment programming, school transportation and supplies, and other specialized services to thousands of children and youth experiencing homelessness each year in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

  • Educational and enrichment programming.
  • Educational Stability Collaborative.
  • Awareness initiatives.

Believing education to be the key to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty, FwP's primary goal is to provide school stability for the approximately 6,000 children experiencing homelessness each year in Greater Cincinnati. Although there are other social services that provide resources for families experiencing homelessness to obtain food, shelter, work, and childcare, we are the only local non-profit that focuses exclusively on the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness.

  • CD Release and Benefit Show at Slims

    AN EVENING WITH TIM FLANNERY & THE LUNATIC FRINGE.

    Release show for the new CD Three Ring Circus & a benefit for the Love Harder Project.


    Thursday Sep 17, 2015 @ Slim's DOORS - 7:00pm / SHOW - 8:00pm ALL AGES 6+ PRICE : $25.00 Dinner & Admission: $49.95

    SLIMS 333 11th St San Francisco, CA 94103 415-255-033

    Thursday 17 September 2015

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