Here's a chance to do something to support music in the schools and maybe call in a chip or two if you've gottem available. My wife is the VP of the Boosters for the local HS marching band. They're a small (100 with flags) unit but are pretty tight come competition time. Though the band thrives in action, they are dirt poor as most organizations go. Lots of reasons for this so you can pass blame around pretty evenly but the bottom line is that funding is always a struggle. Of course, the boosters are constantly trying to come up with fundraising ideas but these fine people (my girl included) don't have the imaginations of a goat! I'm honest here. We've had some successes but for these boosters that means making $200 over an entire weekend of a promotion. When that's compared to an estimated budget of over $60k just to keep running, it's not hard to see how they spin their wheels. Well, Hammy to the rescue!..........and if this doesn't work - abject derision and excommunication. I'm not an official member of the boosters. That's Deb's gig and I help out but I don't poke into things too far. But this time I convinced her and the board to try a different type of promotion. It's a raffle but the prize is something a little different. It's a one-off, customized guitar in the school colors and motif. I'll be doing all of the work on the instrument to make it something special and then it will be displayed at a pair of local supporting businesses for folks to see as the contest goes along. The prize package will have the usual accessories too. Advertising support will be in the form of dressed window displays at the businesses, flyers, posters, and about 6 POP Ticket outlet displays. The boosters agreed to $100 for the project and I'm just ahead of budget right now. I'm funding the rest of the stuff just to make this thing fly. My goal is $1000 profit for the $100 budget. And that is likely to be at a $1.00 a ticket. So, I was thinking... Does anyone of my TB brothers know anyone famous? That would be famous and nice enough to autograph the pickguard or in some way allow their signature to be reproduced in graphic form - to support a little marching band that could use some help? Hey it could be someone even regionally famous like Sting or someone just breaking into the biz like this guy named Dylan. I would like to generate a little interest beyond the instrument itself and an autograph is an easy way to do it. I would be very interested in talking with anyone that thinks they might be of help here. I can send the PG Fedex with return shipping and it can be handled in 20 minutes on both ends and 3 days overall. To be honest, I will be a bit discriminating here as to the best candidate if I have a choice. Some names just wouldn't fit the look and concept like others might.