Share America Fundraiser Highlights Appalachian Musical Arts

Friday, December 07, 2012

Share America focuses on encouraging youth in Appalachian music and as part of its latest fundraiser by giving away two musical instruments.

“Supporting the traditional arts of Appalachia is a vital endeavor in which we should all take an active role,” said Randall Franks, Share America president.

The grand prize is a 175th Anniversary Edition Martin DX175 guitar valued at approximately $1,000 donated by Bigham’s Music of Dalton. 

First Volunteer Bank at 5102 Alabama Highway in Ringgold is currently displaying the guitar during business hours and tickets are available for $1 each through Jan. 10. 

“First Volunteer is glad to help out the Share America Foundation, Inc. with this project,” said Mary Carpenter, vice president and assistant market leader. “The Foundation is a very worthy cause. Sharing the legacy of music is very important and this foundation helps keep it alive in our youth today. It is a beautiful guitar and will make someone a very nice gift. Drop by the Ringgold location and get your ticket today.” 

Tickets can also be purchased at the Sacred Sounds Fridays concert, Friday, Jan. 11, at the Ringgold Depot where Voices Won will be performering.

Second prize is a ukelele and third prize is a "Footprints In the Sand" throw. 

Lone Mountain Music of Ringgold also provided support for the drawing. 

Participants do not have to be present to win but must come to Ringgold to pick up the prize. 

Funds from the drawing will benefit the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship fund encouraging youth in the traditional music of Appalachia.   For more information visit shareamericafoundation.org.


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