The event includes a silent auction, a live auction and a performance by well-known entertainers (this year it was Credence Clearwater Revisited). The event received its name from the numerous signed guitars that are donated by artists such as Eddie Van Halen, Megan Traynor, Eddie Money, and Bob Seger. This year the collection included a special guitar signed by the Eagles including Glenn Frey, who passed away earlier this year.
Since the inception of the scholarship program in 1992, over 170 students have been awarded more than one million dollars in scholarship money. The fundraiser was expanded five years ago to include medical grants to address and care for the long-term effects of the very treatments that saved the lives of these children.
Currently, 75 patients are receiving medical grants for care in the clinic. These patients survived cancer but are unable to afford the expenses associated with the medical care. Currently one of every 1,000 eighteen year olds in the United States is a survivor of childhood cancer. The years of chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy, bone marrow aspirations and hospitalizations exhausts the child's energy and their parents' savings leaving little opportunity to attend college.
Due to the generous donors, volunteers, and attendees at Stars Guitars, these young adults are given the chance to attend college and purse the profession they desire. Many choose to go into service professions such as medicine, teaching, and social work to help others.
It was an inspiring night. I ended up only winning one silent auction item but I walked out with a whole new perspective on the commitment Dr. Main and this group have made to these special patients. If you would like more information on Stars Guitars go to www.starsguitars.org.