Memorial for those who died in Stanton night club fire
“She had come home here to Fort Myers to visit us and we had spent the week together, and my brother called and said he had tickets to go see this 80's rock band.” Swidwa said.
Annmarie Swidwa recalls her daughter, Bridgett's fateful decision to head to Rhode Island that night with her uncle to see the band Great White.
Hundreds packed in the station night club, when the unthinkable happened.
A fire erupting in minutes sparked by the band’s pyrotechnics. 100 people died that night: 25-year old Bridgette Sanetti was one of them.
That was nine years ago, and since then, Annmarie, and the other victims’ families have never given up hope that the land, would eventually be made a memorial.
“It will be a place for people to sit and reflect and pray, and do what they want to do vs. coming to this burned out parking lot that's just full of rubble.”
Today, that wish is coming true. The owner of the site where the nightclub stood is donating the land for a memorial.
After nine years of fundraising for a memorial that was never guaranteed, Annmarie says, she can finally begin to heal. “There will be a be a statue of an angel, names of all of the 100 victims who died there it'll just be pretty.”
And she’s not alone. “She was the last one to be found, my daughter, and she's still here. She hasn't left. They haven't left. They're here.”