Eddie Vedder's Ukulele Raises Money For Ferry County Trails |
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An auction of a ukulele signed by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder ended on Sunday night with a high bid of $17,100. All proceeds from the auction are going to Ferry County Rail Trail Partners that will support the planning and development of the County's 25-mile rail trail project. A handwritten note from Eddie Vedder accompanied the auction:
“To whom it may concern, This note goes along with the four string Kamaka ukulele that I’m hereby donating for a good cause with regards to Ferry County ”. Vedder also states that the ukulele was used during the recording of his new critically acclaimed solo record Ukulele Songs. The note finishes with “I hope it finds a good home and is able to help keep the country country.” - Eddie Vedder
After the auction, Bob Whittaker, president of the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners said, "funding of this trail is a direct investment in our economic, social and environmental infrastructure as well as a way to preserve and communicate the amazing geological and cultural history of our area." He continued, "This will have very very positive long term results for our region."
More Information: The Spokesman Review Outdoors Blog has been following this auction and organization for awhile. They've uploaded a scan of Vedder's handwritten letter for the auction.
Local Love: Eddie Vedder recently released a new solo album called, Ukulele Songs on May 31st. The auctioned ukulele was used during recording. The above photo, though not featured in the liner notes/album art for the art, features a bumper sticker that says, "I heart Ferry County."