Tampa, FL - April, 24 2006 - Tampa-based Luna Guitars - which crafts unique guitars for players of all ages - has teamed with renowned rock singer and cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge to support the outstanding work of Tampa's H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center. For Etheridge's signature, Luna donated one of its signature inlaid Luna Dragonfly acoustic guitars to be auctioned during the Center's 2006 Magnolia Ball festivities on Saturday, April 29, 2006.
Internationally known singing duo Hall and Oates headline the evening, which features a live auction to raise funds for the vital work that Moffitt does in providing direct patient care, as well as cutting-edge research to develop new drugs and new treatments for various types of cancer.
The Luna Dragonfly is an acoustic/electric model designed around the imagery of the dragonfly, a creature known for its ability to transform itself. The instrument, which features a distinctive dragonfly design inlaid in mother of pearl and abalone, is meant to inspire musicians to reach for their dreams as they make changes in their own lives. To prepare the donated Dragonfly model for the special occasion, Luna added the pink ribbon symbol that has become the banner for the fight against breast cancer. The company then shipped the instrument to Etheridge, who added her autograph to the guitar, making it a particularly personal one-of-a-kind donation.
Said Luna executive director and artistic designer Yvonne de Villiers, "We couldn't be more honored or more pleased to work with Melissa Etheridge to make this guitar a truly special donation for the auction. We've cheered her courage in fighting and overcoming breast cancer and we hope to be a part of the cure for others who face the same battle. Luna salutes the wonderful work of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, and we are proud to join with the Center's many supporters to help make the 2006 Magnolia Ball a success."
To learn more about H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, visit their Web site: www.moffittcancercenter.com.