Toph's Fire Recovery Fund

Calling all friends, acquaintances, and anyone who has had the pleasure of knowing or ever meeting Topher Lafata, also known as SF-based recording artist & producer Gold Chains...

In case you haven't already heard, Toph was one of the victims of the massive fire that caught blaze at 22nd & Mission last night  Thankfully, he was not at home when the fire started, and therefore was not injured in the tragedy that killed 1 of his neighbors and sent a handful of others to the hospital.  

However, the apartment is completely destroyed and Toph has lost EVERYTHING.   He is left with nothing more than the clothes he wore to work yesterday, as the apartment was already up in flames by the time he was returning home.  Sadly, Toph's cat, Oum, was also in the apartment at the time of the fire.

Toph had lived for in that apartment for 18 years.  To make matters worse, the apartment was also where he kept the Gold Chains recording studio, and as a result all his recording equipment is gone too.  All the synths, the hard drives, instruments, not to mention all the memories and good times had there for many... all gone.

As heartbreaking as this is, it's amazing how many people have already reached out wanting to help, so we've started this GoFundMe as a way people can contribute to Toph in his time of need.  If you can't contribute financially at this time, please help out by posting this to your Facebook, Twitter, Blog, etc!  Every little bit counts.

Toph is a friend to so many people, and is the kind of SF resident who has helped make this city cool and helped keep it's creative spirit alive for the last 20 years.  Let's help him out when he needs it the most!

Thanks and love,
Emily Betty, Richie Panic, & Elise-Marie


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