12/12/09: Raffle Drawing for Custom-Pinstriped Guitar


  
Charlie Decker pinsripes the guitar
Renowned pinstriper Charlie Decker, “The One Arm Bandit,” applies pinstriping to the guitar.

Thanks to several generous supporters, The Birchtree Center is offering a charity raffle this December to benefit Birchtree’s autism programs.  The prize is a Les Paul electric guitar, donated by the music department at Best Buy in Newington, New Hampshire.  The guitar features custom-pinstriping by Charlie Decker, “The One Arm Bandit,” who donated his services to The Birchtree Center for this fundraiser.  Tickets are available for sale at The Birchtree Center and at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Newington, New Hampshire.

Charlie Decker, “The One Arm Bandit,” is an artist based in Windsor, Connecticut, who does custom pin-striping on cars, motorcycles, and musical instruments for customers across the U.S. and abroad.  Decker was born without his right hand and wears a prosthetic arm while he paints.

The fundraiser is organized by volunteer Bob Canney, otherwise known as “Hot Rod Bob,” the proprietor of Deuces Wild Web, a website for hotrod enthusiasts.  Chris Mahon and his colleagues in the Best Buy music department helped arrange for the guitar’s donation.  Shane O’Neil, General Manager at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Newington, offered to sell the raffle tickets at his restaurant. 

Raffle tickets are being sold now for $5 each; the drawing will occur at the Texas Roadhouse on Saturday, December 12, at 8:30 p.m.  Raffle tickets may be purchased at the Texas Roadhouse in Newington or by contacting The Birchtree Center at 603-433-4192 or by email.

 

Volunteers hand the guitar over to The Birchtree Center staff
Volunteers Chris Mahon of Best Buy and Bob Canney of Deuces Wild Web hand over the donated guitar to Christine Guarino, Executive Director of The Birchtree Center, while volunteer Ajia Sharkey of the Texas Roadhouse looks on.

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