The Red Guitar Campaign
The idea for donating guitars happened when we visited the Fisher House in Honolulu in 2017.
Fisher House Foundation builds comfort homes where military & veteran families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital. These homes are located at military and VA medical centers around the world.
Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room, and an inviting living room.
On our visit, the commander of the local base came to meet us, and asked us to perform my hit song “Riding with Private Malone.” We were without a guitar that day as we were on our way to the beach.
My wife Coley and I looked at each other and said “Every Fisher House should have a guitar.”
I play a red Taylor 615ce Concert Jumbo. So we have decided to go with red Taylor 214ce guitars for our donations.
Our initial plan is donating 15 of them, one to each of the 14 Fisher House located in Texas, and one to the Fisher House on Oahu where the idea was born. We already have 8 of the 15 guitars sponsored as on November 15.
We would like to deliver the guitars to each Fisher House some time after the Lone Star Luau which is Feb 3-6, 2022.
They will have a small plaque on the back with the name of the person who donated it and a link to our website
Thanks to Mike Fuller at Fuller Guitars in Houston for helping us make this possible, and Kris and Michael McBride from the Lake Conroe Parrot Head Club, “The 5 O’Clock Phlock”
But why stop at 15 guitars? Ultimately, we would like to donate a guitar to all 91 Fisher Houses.
If you would like to sponsor a red guitar for a Fisher House in your area and would like more info, contact us at alwayssaturdaynight @ gmail.com
Thanks for your interest,
Thom Shepherd & Coley McCabe Shepherd
HOW TO SPONSOR A RED GUITAR
1. The suggested donation for each guitar is $1500. Click the donate button below.
2. Once you have entered your donation amount, you will see a confirmation screen. Just below the amount you are donating, it says “Add A Note” In this section, please give your name or who you would like to say the guitar is from (for example, “The Bohannan Family.”) This will be engraved on a small plaque on the back of the guitar. Next, let us know which location or city you would like to donate it to. If you don’t have a specific one in mind, no worries! We will find a home for it.
3. Complete the transaction. We will send you a confirmation email and keep you up to date on when the guitar is being delivered, which will most likely be after our Lone Star Luau Music Festival which is Feb 3-6, 2022.