Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift Donate Auction Items For COVID-19 Relief Fund
By Blake Taylor
October 16, 2020
On Thursday (October 15), the Academy of Country Music revealed the list of artists who are participating in a virtual auction titled NASHVILLE: An Auction to Benefit ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund. Each participating performer has donated coveted items to help raise money for members of the country music community who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Parton will auction off her Swarovski-crystal bedazzled, four-string dulcimer, which she got at an important time in her career. "Seeing my country music community suffer due to the pandemic has broken my heart," the "9 to 5" singer tells People. "It was important to donate the dulcimer that was designed for my 50th Opry anniversary so we can raise awareness and much-needed funds to keep these folks on their feet before we can open the doors to our stages once again."
Swift will offer up her black 2018 acoustic Gibson guitar, which she used during her performance of "Betty" at this year's ACM Awards. The guitar comes with the original hard-shell case, Levy guitar strap and caddy containing five personalized picks. It's value is estimated between $25,000-$40,000.
In addition to Swift, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill, Little Big Town, Keith Urban and Dwight Yoakam are all also among those who’ve donated guitars to the cause. Also up for bids are several pieces of clothing worn by stars like Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Trisha Yearwood, Miranda Lambert and Billy Bob Thornton.
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