The idea for donating guitars happened when we visited the Fisher House in Honolulu in 2017.
Fisher House Foundation builds comfort homes where military & veteran families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital. These homes are located at military and VA medical centers around the world. Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room, and an inviting living room.
On our visit, the commander of the local base came to meet us, and asked us to perform my hit song “Riding with Private Malone.” We were without a guitar that day as we were on our way to the beach.
Coley and I looked at each other and said “Every Fisher House should have a guitar.”
I play a red Taylor 615ce Concert Jumbo. So we have decided to go with red Taylor 214ce guitars for our donations. They will have a small plaque on them with the name of the person who donated it and a link to our website
As of 4/16/22, we have 27 Red Guitars sponsored. Eight of them have been delivered to Fisher Houses in San Antonio and Killeen, TX and we have 20 more ordered.
Thanks to Mike Fuller at Fuller Guitars in Houston for helping us make this possible, and Kris and Michael McBride from the Lake Conroe TX Parrot Head Club, “The 5 O’Clock Phlock.”
In 2005 I was going through chemo-therapy. My friend and cowriter of “I Am A Woman” Mary Sue Englund knew that I wanted a Taylor guitar like hers, so she reached out to a bunch of friends of mine, including Pam Tillis. They all contributed to buy me my guitar. I picked it out on the Taylor website and when I saw the red color, I had to have it.
So Mary Sue’s act of kindness is now being “paid forward” to anyone staying at a Fisher House that has one of our Red Guitars. We can’t wait to hear how one of our Red Guitars impacts someone’s visit.
Thanks for your interest in the Red Guitar Campaign,
Thom Shepherd & Coley McCabe Shepherd
Have you had an experience with one of our Red Guitars at a Fisher House? Please tell us your story at AlwaysSaturdayNight@gmail.com
HOW TO SPONSOR A RED GUITAR
1. The suggested donation for each guitar is $1500. Click the donate button below.
2. Once you have entered your donation amount, you will see a confirmation screen. Just below the amount you are donating, it says “Add A Note” In this section, please give your name or who you would like to say the guitar is from (for example, “The Bohannan Family.”) This will be engraved on a small plaque on the back of the guitar. Next, let us know which location or city you would like to donate it to. If you don’t have a specific one in mind, no worries! We will find a home for it.
3. Complete the transaction. We will send you a confirmation email and keep you up to date on when the guitar is being delivered, which will most likely be after our Lone Star Luau Music Festival which is Feb 3-6, 2022.