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Guitar Auction to Benefit Charley Victims

August 22, 2004

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Radio giant Clear Channel Communications will raise money for Hurricane Charley victims by auctioning guitars autographed by musical stars, among them Britney Spears, Tom Petty and Kenny Rogers.

The online auction of 43 guitars signed by celebrities started Thursday afternoon and will end Sept. 20, the San Antonio-based company said.

John Hogan, who heads Clear Channel’s radio division, said the company’s radio outlets in Florida and elsewhere also have been active in raising relief funds for victims of the hurricane, which killed at least 23 people and caused some $7.4 billion in damage to homes, businesses and other property.

``This auction is another way for individuals to support those in need,″ Hogan said. ``At the same time, the guitars are great pieces of memorabilia for any music fan.″

The company says all proceeds will be split among displaced families and the American Red Cross.

The autographed guitars being offered on Clear Channel’s StormAid.com Web site are divided into five music genres _ rock, classic rock, pop and urban, alternative and country.

The Stone Temple Pilots, Linkin Park, Nickelback, ZZ Top, Tim McGraw and Shakira are among the other musical acts participating.

There’s also a non-musical category that includes instruments signed by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and comic actor Mike Myers.


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