Durham Furniture -- Over 120 Music Stars Sign Guitar to Aid Cancer Research

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Durham Furniture Showcases Unique Collectible Auction Item

Before Judy MacKenzie’s good friend Charlie ‘Pride’ Fraser died of cancer in 2006, he gave her a guitar she didn’t know how to play. But now she’s putting her own indelible stamp on the strings by transforming that legacy into a music collectible that could positively affect thousands of lives.

The dauntless Hanover, ON area resident has already convinced over 100 of music’s biggest stars to autograph the Fender Balboa guitar she has gifted to the Canadian Cancer Society. Full auction proceeds, her agreement stipulates, will support cancer research.

MacKenzie and her partner Gary Hunter (whose daughter-in-law Tammy Gowan succumbed to cancer two weeks before Charlie Fraser) continue to crisscross the U.S. and Canada to fulfill her vision. Hunter is a truck driver by trade, so Judy often packs the guitar and tags along if his route goes anywhere near a concert by a country star whose path she hasn’t yet crossed.

To date, 122 celebrity signatures grace the prized instrument. They include Reba McIntyre, Kenny Chesney, George Strait ,Taylor Swift, Toby Keith, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Loretta Lynn, and of course, the late Charlie Fraser’s idol, Charley Pride.

MacKenzie also petitioned Durham Furniture, the chief employer in Fraser’s hometown of Durham, ON, to donate a curio cabinet to house the priceless treasure. The award-winning firm replied with a spectacular custom-built cherry display cabinet. The company has also committed to helping publicize and promote the cause.

”Projects like this don’t come along every day, and Judy’s story moved us,” said Dave Geikie, Chief Operating Officer for Durham Furniture. “We make great furniture, but we’ve never been involved in helping promote a charity enterprise before. So we’ve convened a team to support Judy and Gary in achieving their dream.”

The Bluewater (Owen Sound) chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society is also spreading the word through the social media. There’s now a Facebook page entitled “Signing of the Strings” where a gallery of Judy’s photographs depict highlights of her signature quest to date.

The one-of-a-kind guitar and its showcase will be auctioned by the Canadian Cancer Society in 2011.

Visit the Signing the Strings website at http://www.signingthestrings.com/

About Durham Furniture
Durham Furniture has been building handcrafted solid wood furniture in Durham, ON since 1899. “The Durham Difference” of exceptional quality and innovative design is recognized and enjoyed across North America. For more information about Durham Furniture and its products, please visit: http://www.durhamfurniture.com or call: 519-369-2345.

Media Contact: Wendy Zettler at wzettler(at)durhamfurniture(dot)com or 519-369-2607 ext. 2268

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