NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 15, 2009) The first-ever Guitars of the Stars Benefit Auction held live outside the Ryman Auditorium Friday, June 12 raised $40,000 for the Opry Trust Fund, which has for more than 40 years assisted members of the country music community in need.
Grammy-winning Opry member Steve Wariner (on stage) kicked off the event by showcasing his guitar prowess with a tune from his upcoming project, STEVE WARINER, C.G.P., MY TRIBUTE TO CHET ATKINS. Wariner also served as celebrity auctioneer alongside GAC-TV and 650 WSM radio personality Bill Cody, who was the event’s emcee.
In the foreground are guitars waiting to be auctioned, including a camouflage guitar painted by Craig Morgan and a “guitar of many colors” contributed by Dolly Parton. The Parton guitar alone raised $7,000 for the Trust Fund, while a guitar designed by Carrie Underwood brought in the highest bid at $9,000.
A guitar contributed by Wariner is among several items available in an online component of the Guitars of the Stars Auction currently running at opryauction.com. Wariner hand-painted the guitar which includes hand-drawn sketches depicting his music career, including nods to influences including Atkins, Minnie Pearl, Charley Pride, Dottie West, and others.