From the Christmas 4 Kids Organizers:
This year was the 10th Anniversary of the Charlie Daniels and Friends Concert benefiting Christmas 4 Kids (C4K). The concert was held on Monday, November 21 at The Ryman Auditorium and was the 10th consecutive sellout event. With so much to celebrate, the Gretsches sent another amazing guitar to be auctioned off. This year’s guitar has previously been exhibited at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon, Georgia, as well as at the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta Airport in a Georgia Music Hall of Fame exhibit. It has been photographed extensively and admired by musicians and the public alike.
The winning bid went to the Erickson family from Des Moines, Iowa. They were on their way to spend Thanksgiving with their family and heard about the C4K concert on a Nashville event calendar. Being avid country music fans, they decided to stop; however, the concert was sold out. As they were discussing what to do, a gentleman overheard them and offered his tickets to the Ericksons. Mr. Erickson offered to pay him, but the man said, “Go and enjoy – in the end, it’s all for the kids.”
The Ericksons placed the first bid on the guitar and as the bidding was about to close, checked their status on the list and saw that someone had bid higher than they had. So, at the last minute, they placed the winning bid. Fred and Dinah Gretsch presented the Erickson’s son, Cole, with the prized guitar on the Ryman stage. Clearly, an event this young man won’t forget. Needless to say, the Ericksons have said that the Christmas 4 Kids concert is going to be a new annual Thanksgiving tradition for the family.
C4K wants to extend their deepest gratitude for the support that the Gretsch Foundation continues to show through their donation of guitars for the concert auctions. Most importantly, Christmas 4 Kids appreciates Fred and Dinah Gretsch’s personal commitment to the children and their valued friendship.
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