GUITARS FOR VETS TO LAUNCH NASHVILLE CHAPTER WITH HELP FROM GIBSON BRANDS, RYMAN AUDITORIUM AND LYNYRD SKYNYRD
Guitar auctions raise funds online and during Veterans Day concert
(October 21, 2013) NASHVILLE, TN – Ryman Auditorium and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Lynyrd Skynyrd, will pay homage to vets with a Veterans Day celebration and fundraiser on November 11, 2013. Partnering with Gibson Brands and 105.9 The Rock, proceeds from a special auction will benefit Guitars for Vets (G4V).
Prior to the Lynyrd Skynyrd concert on Nov. 11, the Ryman will host a preshow plaza party starting at 5:00 p.m. Attendees will enjoy live music while they check out guitars which are to be auctioned online and as part of a silent auction at the concert. Puckett’s “Trolley Parton” will be on site and any concert-goers riding motorcycles will be allowed to park on the Ryman drive as space allows.
Guitars for Vets is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2007. G4V currently operates over thirty chapters in fifteen states with the assistance of over one hundred volunteers nationwide. G4V’s mission is to share the healing power of music with Veterans who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other injuries. G4V pursues its mission by providing free guitar instruction, a new acoustic guitar and a guitar accessory kit to Veterans enrolled in its program. To date, G4V has awarded over two thousand guitars to Veterans. This event will serve as a kick-off for the formation of a new Nashville chapter of G4V. Wounded Warriors supports the organization and will select the first two veterans to participate in the G4V Nashville chapter. Gibson will provide guitars to be awarded to these Veterans.
Lynyrd Skynyrd has long history of paying tribute to military veterans. The band has made donations to Wounded Warriors through the Lynyrd Skynyrd Foundation in the past. The band also dedicates their classic hit “Simple Man” to servicemen and women, past and present, at nearly every show.
“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to support the launch of this very cool charity in Nashville,” said band member Johnny Van Zant. “Anyone who plays music knows the therapeutic benefit of spending time with an instrument on a regular basis. I have no doubt Guitars for Vets will have a positive impact for veterans in Music City.”
“As an American guitar maker with its headquarters in Nashville, we’re honored to support Guitars for Vets in its mission here and throughout the nation,” said Gibson Brands CEO and Chairman, Henry Juszkiewicz. “We’ve had a long relationship with Guitars for Vets through the Gibson Foundation as well as with Lynyrd Skynyrd. We couldn’t be more excited that the band will be helping us kick off the Nashville chapter of a charity devoted to healing heroes through music.”
“This is an incredible way for Guitars for Vets to join the community in Music City,” said Outdoor Music recording artist and G4V ambassador Markus Fox. Fox is a former active duty combat Marine and is also a guitarist and singer-songwriter. “To participate in this event on Veteran’s Day supported by rock and roll icons Lynyrd Skynyrd is amazing. It’s something I’ll never forget.” Fox will perform on the Ryman plaza from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., just before doors open for the concert that evening.
Fans can also enter to win a Gibson Les Paul guitar, a pair of front row tickets, meet and greet passes and a Nashville City Pass from the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. or online at ryman.com now through November 6.
For more information on the auction items, the pre-show party on the Ryman plaza featuring Markus Fox, or to purchase tickets to the Lynyrd Skynyrd concert that night, visit ryman.com.