Shooting Star Relief Fund

Benefit for Kansas City Native and Music Industry Veteran/Guitarist Van McLain

Founding Band Member of Kansas City Based, Shooting Star

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Nashville, Tenn. (August 2017) —- Family and friends of longtime guitarist Van McLain are coming together to aid in his recovery from complications after contacting the WEST NILE VIRUS in 2015. The goal of the fundraiser and silent auction benefitting  Van McLain  is to step in where his insurance is no longer covering the costs to continue rehabilitating him with occupational and physical therapy to a point where he can walk again.

In August of 2015 – Van experienced “flu-like” symptoms that got increasingly worse throughout the week  After experiencing slurred speech and a rash, Onnie drove Van to the emergency room where he began to show severe symptoms. They did a lumbar puncture and the results were meningitis. He was taken to ICU and it was discovered he also had encephalitis.  They kept him comfortable. Then his blood work finally came back after 7 days from being tested at several labs confirming a bizarre diagnosis- WEST NILE VIRUS.  He was having trouble breathing so they intubated him, but after 10 days a decision was made to place a trachea tube and then a feeding tube.  At this point he was in and out consciousness. He remained in ICU until the end of September then went to a long term acute hospital. Van remained in several hospitals with pneumonia more times that can be remembered, pulmonary problems, difficulty breathing, many tests and procedures.

After a year of treatments for the West Nile Virus, Van began to move past the initial virus stage, BUT – the virus had weakened him. He had his trachea tube removed March 2017 but continues to have respiratory problems and pulmonary issues that resulted from his condition.  Van is now at a point where he needs intense therapy, transportation and high-tech equipment so he can get stronger like we have been told he can!  Now his family and friends are working together to help raise funds so he can rehabilitate his motor skills and strengthening  issues. After over two years of trying to recover, he is now at a point where rehab can help him walk again.


Who: Guitarist Van McLain

What: Join Van’s family and friends for a fundraiser and silent auction benefitting Van McLain. Silent auction items from the sports and entertainment world include autographed items from Journey, Styx, Kansas, Sammy Hagar, George Strait, Kelsea BalleriniTracy Lawrence and more!

There will be a $15 charge at the door. All proceeds go to Van’s relief Fund (Shooting Star Relief Fund ) We will have food, drinks, a live auction at the benefit, and an online auction.

Bands that will be playin for Vans Benefit:
Barnyard Playboy
Blue Plate Special
Perpetual Change
South Side Souls
The Crayons
Bob Walkenhorst w/ Norm
The Elders
Shooting Star/ past and present
The All Star Jam

When: September, 24th 2017 from Noon to 5:00 pm

Doors are at 12:00 bands start at 1:00

Where: Kanza Hall (Address: 7316 W 119th Overland Park, KS. 66213)

How: If you can not make the event and still want to help, we will accept online bids for the silent auction items.


You can also donate directly by mail:

Shooting Star Relief Fund
9173 W. 102 Terrace
Overland Park, KS 66212


For More Information Contact:

Warren Rhoades
Chief Engineer
Black River at Sound Stage Studios


Online auction items:

Items that don’t sell online will be sold at the venue on September 24th, 2017.

Signed Johnny Cash Autobiography


Easton Corbin Signed Guitar


Bill Walton Signed 8×10


Cal Ripken Jr. Signed Baseball


Ernie Banks Signed Baseball


Joe Torre Signed Baseball


Joe Frazier Signed Autobiography


Bill Bradley Signed Autobiography


Muhammad Ali Signed Photo


Paul Goldschmidt Signed Bat


John Hvlicek Signed Basketball




Silent Auction items:

The items shown below will be available September 25th,

at Kanza Hall, 7316 W 119th Overland Park, KS. 66213.

Two E-Flite Apprentice S 15e R/C planes.