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Gibson Guitar, Gibson Foundation Help Flood Victims

Bryan Wawzenek

For the past month, Gibson Guitar and the Gibson Foundation have placed Music City Flood Relief Donation Banks throughout Nashville, TN, at landmark venues and businesses to help aid the victims of the recent Nashville floods. The donation banks, created from actual Gibson guitar cases, were placed throughout the city for visiting patrons to make a donation to help aid the thousands of people who have been left homeless and without the basic necessities of everyday life following the flooding that hit middle Tennessee in May. 100% of all proceeds benefit the flood victims in Nashville and surrounding affected areas.

On Friday, June 18, a final push to raise funds for the banks was conducted through the citywide event Night Out for Nashville – An Evening for Music City Flood Relief. All participating businesses and venues with donation banks rallied this day and night to host simultaneous final events to encourage donations.

Music events and special incentives, including the addition of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus at the Hard Rock Café for public tours throughout the day, were part of the festivities. A silent auction, which included an Epiphone acoustic guitar signed by members of the Black Eyed Peas, was held to raise funds for flood relief.

The event was featured in a number of media outlets, including USA Today, local CBS, NBC and Fox television news and the daily Nashville newspaper, The Tennessean. Thank you to all who participated for your support.


Donation banks made out of actual Gibson Guitar cases were placed all over downtown Nashville for visitors to donate to those most affected by the recent flooding in middle Tennessee.


An Epiphone acoustic guitar signed by the Black Eyed Peas was auction off to raise funds for flood relief. Pictured with the guitar are the auction winners.


Diana’s Sweet Shoppe was one of many downtown Nashville locations where patrons could donate to flood relief efforts.


Public tours were offered at the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (parked at the Nashville Hard Rock Café) on Friday, June 18, as part of Night Out for Nashville – An Evening for Music City Flood Relief.


Before performing at the Hard Rock Café, Megan McCormick toured the John Lennon bus and even recorded a song there.

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