ReTune Nashville Raises $35,000 For Musician's Flood Relief
May 9, 2011 at 6:55 AM (PT)
RETUNE NASHVILLE's Anniversary Celebration brought in $35,000 for musician's flood relief through the sale of more than 80 pieces of artwork created from flood damaged instruments in the live and silent auction. The event was held on TUESDAY, MAY 3rd, with JOHN FORD COLEY, DON SCLITZ, JOE ROBINSON, THE HARTERS, CRAIG WAYNE BOYD, CHAD WARRIX and KEITH ANDERSON performing.
Items included a NASHVILLE PREDATORS themed guitar autographed by the 2010-11 team, a BRAD PAISLEY guitar reworked by STEVE WARINER and a PETER FRAMPTON guitar body with a drawing by NASHVILLE Cartoonist GUY GILCHRIST. The items bringing in the most money were a crystal studded piano bench covered in guitar picks acquired from music performers in all genres, the PAISLEY guitar and the piece "Play On" by JOEL ANDERSON.
The JOEL ANDERSON piece was purchased by SOUNDCHECK and is displayed in the lobby of their building to commemorate the rebuilding.
At the event, RETUNE NASHVILLE founder SHERI O'NEAL presented a new PAUL REED SMITH(PRS) guitar to NASHVILLE guitarist and RASCAL FLATTS guitar tech, DAVUD GRAEF, to help fill a small portion of the loss he suffered in the flood. GRAEF lost 98 out of 122 guitars.
O'NEAL said, "I am incredibly humbled. The turnout and supporters for this event, the time and talent donated by the visual and performing artists, and the fact that we were able to sell every single piece of art in our auction in one night."
All monies raised through RETUNE NASHVILLE will be donated to MUSICARES NASHVILLE FLOOD RELIEF to support the recovery efforts of NASHVILLE musicians. For more information on RETUNE NASHVILLE, visit retunenashville.org.