Waukesha Guitar Town Project Raised $105k for Local Charities

This story originally reported by Laurel Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Waukesha Guitartown BannerThe Waukesha GuitarTown project raised a net of $105,000 for three local charities, steering committee chairman Rick Congdon said Thursday.

The committee decided to give $45,000 to the Waukesha Public Schools for purchase of new musical instruments and art supplies. Another $45,000 will benefit the planned Les Paul exhibit at the Waukesha County Museum. The other $15,000 will be donated to Waukesha Memorial Hospital to help fund the new Community Health Clinic, which will serve uninsured or under-insured individuals.

The project was a partnership with the foundation of Gibson Guitar Co., which manufactures guitars designed by the late Waukesha native and music legend Les Paul. Ten 10-foot-tall guitar sculptures and a series of playable Gibson guitars decorated by regional artists have been installed throughout the downtown as a community art project after a June 1 kickoff.

“The Waukesha family is proud that the GuitarTown project has united our business, music and arts communities to amplify our downtown and raise money for these worthy causes,” said WaukeshaMayor Jeff Scrima, who first approached Gibson to bring the event to the city.

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