After a really big show at the San Diego County Fair Grandstand Stage in 2007, all three members of the Jonas Brothers, Nick, Joe and Kevin, contributed their “John Hancocks’ ” to a now-priceless guitar.
The Disney Channel stars are among a number of artists assisting with efforts to raise funds for the Don Diego Fund, which provides financial support for college-bound students from San Diego County.
Formed in 1985, the fund serves as a tribute to Tom Hernandez. As Don Diego, he presided over the county fair from 1947 until he died in 1984.
High school students who participated in the annual fair, or associated fairground events, are eligible. So fair, the fund has dispensed nearly $500,000 to some 116 students.
You don’t have to visit the fair to participate, though that makes it a bit more fun It’s a chance to view the items in person. They’ll be on display there until August 2 and online as well at www.dondiegofund.org.
Other autographed items include a Tony Gwynn baseball, Shawne Merriman football and Julio Cesar Chavez boxing gloves. Electric and acoustic guitars are signed by such past Fair performers as B.B. King; Fergie; Earth, Wind & Fire; Styx, and the aforementioned Jonas “bros. Also available are guitars signed by 2009 Music Mania Grandstand artists such as Heroes of Woodstock, David Cook and Loretta Lynn.
Check the site frequently, as new items are being added throughout the auction’s duration.
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