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04. 01. 11 (Article follows photo)
R.E.M. SIGNED GUITAR AUCTIONED FOR FERRY COUNTY RAIL TRAIL PARTNERS


This Epiphone PR-150 acoustic guitar was purchased from the nice folks at the Nashville Guitar Center and donated to the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners by Bob Whittaker, long time R.E.M. Tour manager and President of the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners. The guitar was signed by Peter Buck, Michael Stipe and Mike Mills while recording Collapse Into Now at Blackbird Studio in Nashville. The photos were taken by Bob during that session. R.E.M is a proud supporter of the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners and now you can be too! Winner of the auction automatically becomes a life time FCRTP member!

100% of the proceeds go to benefit the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners, a Federally recognized non-profit 501(c)(3) who's mission is to: preserve the rail corridor for the long term economic benefit of Ferry County and create a non-motorized trail. The community vision for the trail is: A multi-use non-motorized rail-trail that is a signature destination in Ferry County that highlights our cultural heritage and natural beauty, offering a fun, safe, healthy community connector as well as a first-rate recreational experience for the enjoyment of both local residents and tourists.

“R.E.M. has always supported Bob Whittaker's bicycle and pedestrian initiatives out in eastern Washington," said Bertis Downs, R.E.M.'s manager. "When he told them this guitar would be auctioned to benefit the Ferry Country Rail Trail organization, they were happy to sign it. It is truly a one-of-a-kind guitar to benefit a wonderful community trail project.”

That portion of your donation that exceeds the fair market value is tax deductible. Visit Ferry County Rail Trail Partners for more information on the auction. We appreciate your bid.

“This trail is hands down one of the best prospects Ferry County has going," said Bob Whittaker. "Developed rural rail trails like this in Idaho and Washington have helped residents get healthier by provide safe community connections as well as boost the local economy with recreational tourism. Do the math: A new public park 30 miles long connecting four towns and two school complexes with 16 miles of waterfront. WOW!”
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