Meridian Star

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February 27, 2008

Designer guitars to help fund afterschool programs

An innovative designer guitar series may not only be instrumental in promoting a community, business or organization, but also may help fund the state's afterschool programs.

“We would love to have one in each city in Mississippi,” said Cecilia Derrington about the Design A Scenic Series Guitar. Created by Peavey Electronics, the guitars will feature scenes of a city, town, community, organization or business.

Derrington, manager of industrial and community relations for Peavey Electronics, talked about the series and showed a Scenes of Meridian guitar at Tuesday's Meridian Civitan Club meeting.

The guitar series originated from a December 2007 fund-raiser for a local civic club.

“The first one we did was on our Briarwood Acoustic Guitar for the Rotary Club’s Christmas auction,” she said.

Response to the project was so positive, Derrington thought it should be expanded. After talking with Mary Peavey, president of Peavey Electronics, it was decided to create a Scenes of Meridian design on a Peavey HP Special electric guitar to showcase at the Mississippi Economic Development Council Conference. Peavey, which was a premier sponsor of the conference, had a booth set up at the event.

“Representatives from each city or town as well as organizations from all over the state were there, plus other businesses and entities throughout the Southeast,” she said. “We thought it would be nice as a music tourism and economic development tool to have this product there. People just loved it; it went over very, very well.”

The guitars are priced at $1,500 and a portion of the proceeds goes to the Mississippi Afterschool Alliance. Peavey sits on the national board.

“Mary Peavey has such a great love for the children of Mississippi and wants to see them graduate, enter the workforce and become productive and successful citizens – whether it be in Mississippi or another locale,” Derrington said.

“If each city and organization in Mississippi would get one of these guitars, it not only will be a great promotional tool for them, but also will support the state’s afterschool program,” she said. “The afterschool program is what we're doing to help lower Meridian's and the state's dropout rate.”

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