Camp for kids with special needs to benefit from SweetWater’s Ed Sheeran guitar raffle
Camp Twin Lakes will benefit from the SweetWater donation.
ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - A piece of Atlanta music history can be yours for just $20.
SweetWater Brewing Company is raffling off the guitar that singer Ed Sheeran played when he visited the Atlanta brewery in May. The money raised from the raffle will benefit a metro Atlanta camp for kids with special needs.
Ed Sheeran gave a surprise performance at SweetWater ahead of his concert at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in May. The singer even jumped behind the bar and helped pour some beers for customers.
“He played the morning before his concert, so a lot of people that were here were pregaming for the Ed Sheeran show at Mercedes-Benz,” said Mike Boudreaux, director of hospitality at SweetWater. “So, once they saw the person that they were going to see later that night, it was, like I said, chaos.”
Boudreaux says Sheeran performed for about 20 minutes. He then gave his guitar to SweetWater, which he signed with the message, “Play this guitar.”
Nearly five months later, SweetWater is raffling off Sheeran’s guitar to raise money for a nonprofit that helps kids with disabilities. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Camp Twin Lakes.
“It’s something near and dear to our hearts,” said Boudreaux. “We do an annual bike ride, and all the proceeds go to Camp Twin Lakes. So, this was something that we immediately thought of, hey, let’s go ahead and raffle this guitar off.”
The camp, which hosts nearly 10,000 campers at its three campuses through year-round programs each year, has given children with disabilities fully accessible camp experiences for almost 30 years.
“Camp Twin Lakes relies on the kindness and generosity of our community,” said Cheryl Belair, chief development officer at Camp Twin Lakes. “We are tremendously grateful to our friends at SweetWater Brewing Company for sharing their hearts with our campers.”
Tickets are $20 each and are available at the brewery’s taproom at 195 Ottley Drive until Oct. 15.
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