Share America Foundation Awards Winners In Martin Guitar Fundraiser

Friday, January 18, 2013

Share America Foundation selected three winners at the Sacred Sounds Fridays concert.  The grand prize was a 175th Anniversary Edition Martin DX175 guitar valued at approximately $1,000 donated by Bigham’s Music of Dalton.

“I want to thank everyone who helped us make this fundraiser a success,” said Randall Franks, SAF president. "Our volunteers, sponsors and all of you who donated are helping us encourage young musicians. " 

The winner was Ruth Worley of Tunnel Hill, Ga. “I wanted that guitar, ever so badly,” she said.

Ms. Worley said as the young volunteer Caitlyn stuck her hand in the bucket to draw, I whispered, “Dear God if it be your will…and there isn’t someone here who really needs it.”

Caitlyn did read her name. 

Ms. Worley said she played in years past, but now with a new guitar, she hopes to renew her abilities.

Other Share America prizes were a Ukelele which Steve Scharf won and a Footprints in the Sand throw won by Dean Barker. 

First Volunteer Bank in Ringgold assisted the organization in the fundraiser helping to add $777 to the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship, which encourages youth in the music of Appalachia. 

“This foundation is a very worthy cause," said Mary Carpenter, vice president and assistant market leader.  "Sharing the legacy of music is very important and this foundation helps keep it alive in our youth today.” 

Lone Mountain Music of Ringgold also provided support for the drawing.

For more information, Share America Foundation, P.O. Box 42, Tunnel Hill, Ga. 30755 or visit

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