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C.F. Martin & Co. is proud to announce as part of its ongoing corporate social
responsibility initiative, the donation of 15 LX Martin Guitars to the Dessaix-
Baptiste Music School in Haiti in cooperation with Jimmy Buffet's charity,
"Singing For Change, (SFC)" and five guitars to The SHARE Initiative at rehab-
ilitation hospital Shepherd Center's in Atlanta, Georgia.
"When Jimmy Buffet reached out to us directly and expressed interest in donating all
royalties from the LX Jimmy Buffet guitar to SFC, we knew without hesitation this
was a great way to give back to international community and encourage music
education," said company CEO Chris Martin. "Additionally, our previous involvement
and contributions to Guitars for the Troops, which benefits troops serving in Iraq,
encouraged us to team up again with another great organization with the common goal
of benefitting the lives of the brave men and women protecting and serving our
15 LX Jimmy Buffet guitars are to be donated in cooperation with Jimmy and his
charity to the Dessaix-Baptiste Music School in Jacmel, Haiti. SFC is devoted to
"improving the quality of life for people and empowering individuals to make
positive changes in the communities," and Jimmy will present the school with the
instruments and royalty cash later this month.
The Dessaix-Baptiste Music School was opened in 1998 by journalist Fritz Valescot,
whose mission was to offer music education to children regardless of their ability
to pay tuition, and offers students instruction in string, wind, brass and
percussion instruments. Instructions begins at age 6 and there are currently over
1100 students enrolled, approximately 50 of whom are have been abandoned and left on
their own with no family, or come from lower-income families. After the earthquake
in 2010, many of the school's instruments were destroyed. Martin's donation will
contribute to the two orchestras, chamber orchestra, three bands and two "Big Bands"
the students participate in.
Five LX Real Tree(tm) guitars have been donated to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta,
one of the top rehabilitation hospitals in the nation which specializes in the
treatment, rehabilitation and research for people with spinal cord or brain
injuries. Shepherd Center is also home to The SHARE Initiative, founded by Bernie
Marcus, (co-founder of The Home Depot). The program provides rehabilitation and
community-based care to U.S. military service members who have served in Iraq and
Afghanistan, and utilizes Shepherd Center's resources to treat their injuries. A
component of the program gives these patients the therapy technique of learning to
play the guitar, but the program only had two guitars available for use until now.
Martin's donation of five LX Martin guitars will allow this program of intense yet
effective therapy treatment to continue to flourish and rehabilitate soldiers.
Martin Guitar and its employees regularly makes contributions throughout the year to
organization such as those above as well as the Martin Foundation and Guitars in the
Classroom. Other recent donations include last month's donation of several guitars
to Parents And Children Together (PACT), a leading private non-profit family service
agency in conjunction with the grand opening of the Hard Rock Café Honolulu.