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Orlando GuitarTown Announces Celebrity Co-Chairman, Visual Artists and Charities to Benefit from

08.04.2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Orlando GuitarTown Announces Celebrity Co-Chairman, Visual Artists and Charities to Benefit from Extraordinary Arts Project

Singer and television personality Joey Fatone joins the Honorable Mayor Buddy Dyer of Orlando In Supporting Orlando GuitarTown Project Presented by Gibson Guitar

Orlando, Florida, August 4, 2008...  Gibson Guitar announced several enhancements to the Orlando GuitarTown project including celebrity endorsements and visual artists who will participate in the public arts project. Joey Fatone, best known as a member of the pop group N'Sync and as a popular television personality has joined the Orlando GuitarTown project as the Celebrity Co-Chairperson (photo attached). The singer and actor recently appeared on the ABC hit reality show "Dancing with the Stars" and is also host of the American and Australian versions of The Singing Bee aired on the NBC Television Network. Based in Orlando, Fatone has been one of the most sought after performers since his rise to fame in the mid 90s as one of five young singers of the popular N'Sync boy band. As Co-Chairperson of the Orlando GuitarTown project presented by Gibson Guitar, Fatone will help raise funds for four Orlando based charities and provide creative input to the project during its launch and gala events to follow its display throughout the city of Orlando, Florida.

"The Gibson GuitarTown program will further Orlando as one of the great cultural hubs in the nation and yes, internationally," said the Honorable Mayor of Orlando, Buddy Dyer.

The project's Steering Committee, comprised of leaders throughout the community in various business sectors also announced the four charities who will serve as beneficiaries of Orlando GuitarTown. The project which will give the city an extraordinary display of ten-foot Gibson guitar sculptures and regular sizes showcase guitars designed by visual artists will end with a gala auction hosted by world renowned Juliens Auctions (www.juliensauctions.com) with all proceeds benefitting the local charities named. The four beneficiaries include The Downtown Arts District, Parramore Kids Zone, the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness and Page 15. The Downtown Arts District, Inc. (DAD) was created in 2000 to promote art, local artists and the economic development of the downtown area. DAD's mission is to create a healthy, vibrant, sustainable world-class arts district (www.dadorlando.com). The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness was created in February 2008 to enact initiatives proposed in Ten2End, a 10-year plan to end homelessness in the region (http://www.orangecountyfl.net/cms/CommissiononHomelessness/default/htm). Parramore Kidz Zone was modeled after the well-known Harlem Children's Zone in New York City. PKZ aims to lower teenage pregnancy, juvenile crime and child abuse rates among children in the neighborhood and improve their school performance (http://www.cityoforlando.net/executive/children/pkx.htm). And Page 15, Inc. is committed to providing supplemental reading and writing education for all students living and attending public schools in Orlando, Florida. The free after-school tutoring and creative workshops are dedicated to enhancing communication skills, encouraging personal creativity, and inspiring a lifelong passion for the language of the arts. (www.page15.org).

These 501(c)(3) organizations will share in the proceeds raised by the project and be awarded a check by the Gibson Foundation following the gala auction event in early 2009.

"We are very excited about the overwhelming support Gibson GuitarTown has already received from the City of Orlando and we are sure that the sculptures and showcase guitars are going to be among the best ever produced," said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar, the presenting sponsor of the project. "We look forward to helping the local charities and giving the community a vibrant and colorful exhibit to enjoy for many months."

After a record breaking amount of visual artist entries were received for participation in the Orlando GutiarTown project, members of the Steering Committee gathered at the Gibson Guitar Orlando Entertainment Relations Showroom in downtown Orlando last week to vote on the 70 artists who will be named official visual artists of the Orlando GuitarTown project. Each visual artist chosen will given the opportunity to paint and design a Gibson 10-foot tall sculpture which will exhibit throughout the city or a regular size showcase Epiphone Casino guitar. Visual artists were voted on after they submitted an official application and a design or pattern indicating their idea for the artwork to present on the guitar. Those entries received by the deadline were then anonymously presented to the Steering Committee and out of all entries the final 70 were chosen. The official visual artists chosen for the project are listed below and will share in unprecedented publicity and promotion throughout the project's duration.

The Orlando GuitarTown Visual Artists chosen are listed below:
Gibson Ten-Foot Guitar Sculptures: Andrew Spear of Orlando, David Brotherton of Orlando, Jimi Beach of Orlando, Donna Dowless of Orlando, Jose De Leon of Debary, Gregory Chaly of Orlando, Dan Colonna of Orlando, Mark Hadley of Orlando, Dan Meneely of Orlando, Brian Demchak of Orlando, Erin Colleen McCollum of Orlando, Douglas J. Nesbitt of Orlando, Deborah Knispel of Winter Springs, John Goldacker of Merritt Island, Consuello Bellini of Orlando, Deborah D. Skalstad of Oviedo, Susan Mitchell of Orlando, Jacob E. Cordell of Orlando, Tattood Bill Roberts of Orlando, Jamess Stryganek of Altamonte Springs, Charles Richardson of Orlando, Liz Watkins of Geneva, Tramnaine E. Dion of Orlando, Derek Wagner of Orlando, Chuck Dinkins of Winter Park, Monte Olinger of Orlando, Billy The Artist of Orlando, Dr. Paul Skomsky of Orlando, Elsie Celine Castaneda of Orlando, Waldemar Maciag of Orlando, Mike Finnimore of Orlando, Andres Ochoa of Orlando, Nicholas Mitchell of Orlando, Shari Sherman of Longwood, Jolie Spelman & Dotti Kaufmann of Orlando

Showcase Epiphone Guitars:
Heather Renaux of Mt. Dora, Natalie Davison of Eustis, Meridith P. Olinger of Orlando, James L. Jackson of Orlando, Carl Sheerin of Kissimmee, Sandra Monday-Heltebridle of Orlando, Heidi C. Kneisl of Orlando, Patrick B. Davidson of Orlando, Christopher Russell of Orlando, Ivaldo Robles of Ocoee, Patricia M. Coyle of Orlando, Carl Knickerbocker of Oviedo, Gwynna Forgham-Thrift of Orlando, Anabell Torres of Orlando, Carrie Curtis, Melissa Kilpatrick of Winter Park, Nyahzul of Orlando, Charles P. Buchanan, Jr. of Orlando, Wiliam Bernoir of Mascotte, Juan Sepulveda of Kissimmee, Marvie Fish of Orlando, Branden Loetz of Orlando, Beau Myers of Palm Beach, Steve Grew of Orlando, Olan Quattro of Orlando, Tiffany Beasi of Orlando, Anita Wexler of Sarasota, Aleya Sattar of Winter Garden, Felipe J. Ponzoa of Kissimmee, Dave Mitchell of Orlando, Sara Davis of Orlando, Gianina Lopategui of Sanford, Elsier Lepak of Orlando, Debbie Sampson of Hollywood, Maryanne Damiano-Hojnacki of Orlando, Vicente Castillo of Winter Park, Meg King of Minneola

Orlando GuitarTown has officially launched and the Honorable Mayor Buddy Dyer autographed the very first ten-foot Gibson guitar sculpture designed and painted by local artist "Tattooed Bill" in front of the City Arts Factory. Mayor Dyer's session officially launched the project and will serve as a symbol of the citywide support which has been overwhelmingly received since the project was announced.

Joey Fatone

Singer and television personality Joey Fatone joins the Honorable Mayor Buddy Dyer of Orlando In Supporting Orlando GuitarTown Project Presented by Gibson Guitar

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