Time Is Running Out! Place Your Bid For The Joan Jett Melody Maker Gibson Guitar, Signed By Classic Rock Band Foreigner

Auction proceeds to benefit the Susan G. Komen Inland Empire Chapter

Joan Jett Melody Maker Gibson Guitar

San Bernardino County , Calif. (Oct. 20, 2009) – In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October,  Auto Club Speedway and Gibson USA donated a Joan Jett Double Cutaway Melody Maker Gibson Guitar, signed by Classic Rock Band Foreigner, to help the cause.  The guitar is currently being auctioned online at www.nascar.com/foundation with 100% of the proceeds donated to the Susan G. Komen Inland Empire Chapter. 

During the Inaugural Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff weekend at Auto Club Speedway, Foreigner signed the Joan Jett Double Cutaway Melody Maker Gibson Guitar.

Race fans and music buffs, must act now.  The Joan Jett Double Cutaway Melody Maker Gibson Guitar online auction ends on Monday, Oct. 26.  To bid on the guitar, visit www.nascar.com/foundation.

Carefully developed in close cooperation with Joan Jett herself, Gibson's Joan Jett Double Cutaway Melody Maker features a lightweight, slab mahogany body with a Worn White finish. "I got my Melody Maker in 1977," the legendary Joan Jett says about the guitar she has made one of the most iconic instruments in rock and roll. "It was light and it sounded great. It was the guitar I had in the Runaways and then played on all my hits, like 'I Love Rock N' Roll' and 'Bad Reputation' and 'Do You Wanna Touch Me.' It's my baby."

For more information on Gibson USA, please visit www.gibson.com

Through the continued generosity of supporters, this month the Susan G. Komen Inland Empire Chapter will open the Komen Inland Empire Breast Cancer Resource Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif.  The resource center offers women and families a place to gather life-saving resources while supporting the community at large.  On Oct. 18, the Susan G. Komen Inland Empire Chapter hosted the 11th Annual Komen Inland Empire Race For The Cure® in Temecula, Calif.

For more information on the Susan G. Komen Inland Empire Chapter please visit www.komenie.org.

About Auto Club Speedway: Don’t miss out on of the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR – the Auto Club 500 on Feb. 21 at Auto Club Speedway.  See the biggest stars of NASCAR including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, and Juan Pablo Montoya as they reach speeds of more than 200 miles per hour.  NASCAR racing is a full day of excitement and entertainment that includes sponsor displays, live musical entertainment, great food and fun for the whole family. Enjoy fan amenities in the Speedway’s Opportunity, California FanZone, including escalators, shade structures and misting zones, souvenir shopping and Apex by Wolfgang Puck.  For more information or to purchase tickets to the Auto Club 500, call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.

About the Susan G. Komen Inland Empire Chapter: The Inland Empire Affiliate incorporated in 1998 and hosted its inaugural Race for the Cure in 1999. Since its inception, the Inland Empire Affiliate has awarded grants totaling over 3.5 million dollars to local non-profit organizations to fund breast health/breast cancer education outreach, diagnostic services and treatment support programs for uninsured/underinsured women and families throughout San Bernardino and Riverside Counties including the Coachella Valley and raised nearly $1 million to support the Award and Research Grant Program at Komen Headquarters in Dallas, Texas.

About Gibson USA :  The home of Gibson electric guitars today is "Gibson USA," built in 1974 in Nashville specifically for the production of Gibson's Les Paul guitars. Although the entire guitar industry went through a slump in the late '70s, the spirit of innovation remained strong at Gibson. In response to a growing demand for vintage stylings, Gibson tapped its rich history and reissued the dot-neck version of the ES-335 in 1981 and the flametop sunburst Les Paul in 1982. At the same time, two legendary guitarists joined Gibson- B.B. King in 1980 with the Lucille model and Chet Atkins in 1982 with his new concept of a solid-body acoustic guitar.

Gibson world headquarters moved to Nashville in 1984 with the closing of the Kalamazoo plant. The financially troubled company was rescued in January 1986 by Henry Juszkiewicz and David Berryman, and the new owners quickly restored Gibson's reputation for quality as well as its profitability.

Today's Gibson electric guitars represent the history as well as the future of the electric guitar. The models whose designs have become classics-the ES-175, ES-335, Flying V, Explorer, Firebird, SGs and Les Pauls-are a testament to Gibson's wide appeal, spanning more than four decades of music styles. Gibson's close relationship with musicians is manifest in endorsement models from King, Atkins and jazz greats Howard Roberts and Herb Ellis, plus new Les Pauls made to the personal specifications of rock stars Jimmy Page and Joe Perry. In 1994, Gibson's Centennial year, the new Nighthawk model won an industry award for design, setting the stage for a second hundred years of Gibson quality and innovation.


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