Los Angeles, CA (August 19, 2008): GINA for Missing Persons FOUNDation presents the 3rd International Squeaky Wheel Tour® (SWT), launching October 17, 2008. The acclaimed 19-day event draws attention to several hundred missing people, each profiled by the musicians participating throughout the US and other countries, and is supported by the families of the missing and nonprofit organizations worldwide.
Musicians participating in SWT earmark their concerts or events to profile a missing person(s) in their community. They profile that missing person during their show and ask attendees to take a flyer to post throughout their community. The LA Band, Clementine will perform live on a web cast November 2, 2008 7:00 - 8:30 PM EST profiling the following Maryland Missing: Bernadette Caruso of Baltimore, MD, and Tracey Gardner Tetso of Rosedale, MD.
Jannel Rap, founder of SWT, has intimate knowledge of the missing. Her sister, musician Gina Bos, disappeared on October 17, 2000. Because there was no lurid or dramatic circumstance, Gina's case didn't achieve great media attention and was soon forgotten by the community. In honor of Gina, and knowing how scattered, broken and lost the families of the missing felt, Jannel knew she had to do something. The concept of the Squeaky Wheel Tour® was born. A musician herself, Jannel used the power of music (and her band, Clementine) to start being the "squeaky wheel" that demands attention.
850,000 missing persons reports are made each year in the U.S. 110,000 of those cases go unsolved. To date, over 300 missing people profiled by GINA for Missing Persons FOUNDation and SWT have been found.