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OSMH Foundation to auction off Lightfoot guitar

10/29/2009 12:00:00 AM

(Thursday, October 29, 2009 – Orillia, ON) – Gordon Lightfoot will leave behind more than just a grateful audience when he performs two benefit concerts November 14 and 15 in support of Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) and the Orillia Opera House. 


Lightfoot has agreed to autograph a Martin D-18 guitar following his Saturday performance which will be auctioned off on eBay by the OSMH Foundation to raise money for the hospital. The online auction will begin on Monday, November 16, at 7:00 p.m. at www.ebay.com.


The guitar, which is the same model that Lightfoot has played for several years, has a suggested retail value of $2,599 US and was generously donated by the Martin Guitar Company and Gilbert Guitars in Orillia. 


“We’re extremely grateful to Gilbert Guitars, the Martin Guitar Company and to Gordon Lightfoot for making this possible,” said Nicole McCahon, Executive Director of the OSMH Foundation.

“With Gordon’s signature, this instrument will become a valuable keepsake and we want to give all his fans the opportunity to bid on it.” 


“It is a truly unique opportunity to own a high quality instrument with the autograph of a Canadian music legend,” explained Jeff Gilbert, of Gilbert Guitars in Orillia.   “There is a large contingent of Lightfoot fans and guitar collectors around the world who would love to get their hands on a Gordon Lightfoot autographed guitar.  I suspect it will be a very popular auction item and raise some valuable dollars for the hospital.”   


It’s not the first time that the Martin Guitar Company and Gordon Lightfoot have teamed up for a good cause.  In 2000, Martin unveiled a limited edition signature model D-18GL guitar in honour of Lightfoot and his hit song The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.  Only 61 were produced at the time, in honour of Lightfoot’s age, and all 61 were snapped up fairly quickly.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the guitars went towards the Gordon Lightfoot Scholarship Fund at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy. 


Proceeds from the two benefit concerts in Orillia and the sale of the guitar will support the hospital’s equipment and education funds. 


Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Foundation is a proud partner of Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital and the people of Orillia and North Simcoe Muskoka. The foundation provides funds to the hospital to buy medical equipment, sustain programs and assist the hospital in maintaining its position as a leader in providing quality community based healthcare.




For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:


Terry Dyni, Director, Community Relations

T: (705) 327-9179

E: tadyni@osmh.on.ca      


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