One of Boston's best loved bands, AEROSMITH, has donated an autographed guitar to raise money for The Angel Fund, an independent non-profit organization benefiting ALS research at the Cecil B. Day Neuromuscular Research Center run by Dr. Robert H. Brown, Jr. at the Massachusetts General Hospital. The guitar is up for auction on eBay until 12:36 pm. EST today, December 31. Bandmembers Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, and Brad Whitford have signed the Epiphone guitar, which comes with a certificate of authenticity.
"We are extremely excited about the guitar that the band members have personally donated to The Angel Fund,' organization president Rich Kennedy said. "We are equally pleased and excited that all proceeds from this auction will go to ALS research.
"Because of the band's generosity, along with support from individuals and corporations, we will continue to make significant strides in ALS research at Mass General," he added.
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive, always fatal neuromuscular disease. The band learned about The Angel Fund and its efforts to raise money for ALS research from a friend who is living with the disease.
The eBay auction for the guitar had a starting bid of $1,500 (current bid is $2,500) and the winning bidder will receive free shipping. A picture of Steven Tyler with the guitar (and a picture of Joe Perry with the guitar) is featured on the eBay listing.
"This is a perfect way to start the New Year on the right foot — buying the guitar and supporting The Angel Fund," Kennedy said. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the AEROSMITH fan."
For more information, or to make a donation to The Angel Fund, please call
781-245-7070, or log-on to the organization's web site at www.theangelfund.org. Donations made payable to The Angel Fund can also be sent to The Angel Fund, 649 Main Street, Wakefield, MA 01880.