Guitar Auctions At Dead & Co’s Wrigley Field Tour Closer Set To Bring In Big Bucks For Charity

first_imgThis Saturday, July 1st, during Dead & Company‘s tour closer at Chicago’s iconic Wrigley Field, a pair of special one-of-a-kind D’Angelico guitars will be auctioned off to benefit a variety of charitable foundations hand-selected by members of the band. The auctions are part of the “Participation Row” social action “village” the band brings to each tour stop, co-organized by music-oriented voter registration non-profit HeadCount and environmental group REVERB. Both guitars are Premier Weir SS models, which Bob Weir and D’Angelico designed and developed together, and each one is signed by all six members of Dead & Company (Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti). They are expected to net tens of thousands (or even hundreds of thousands) of dollars for charity.Dead & Co Surprises Fans With Free Webcast Of Beautiful Blossom Show [Full Show Pro-Shot]The first guitar being auctioned off may look familiar to those who have caught the band live this summer: it has been displayed (and available to bid on) at Participation Row at each stop throughout the 2017 summer tour, and already has received bids of nearly $50K. The second guitar will feature a special design to specifically commemorate the Wrigley Field run. Bids will be accepted at “Participation Row” at Wrigley Field throughout Friday night’s show and through the first set of Saturday’s tour finale. The winners will be determined at set break on Saturday night. You can see pictures of both the Summer Tour 2017 D’Angelico Premier Weir SS and its Wriglet Field counterpart in all their glory below:On this summer’s Dead & Company tour, three D’Angelico guitar auctions (of Fenway Park, Shoreline Amphitheatre, and Folsom Field variations of the special edition design) have already generated $70,000 for the band’s various charities, which include HeadCount and REVERB as well as The Rex Foundation, The Jerry Garcia Foundation, The National Parks Conservation Association, Positive Legacy, the Hawai’i Alliance for Progressive Action and the Veterans Health and Integration Program. Nightly signed poster auctions this tour have also generated an additional $25,000 toward the various charities involved in the “Participation Row” efforts. By the time the band takes the stage for the last time this summer, the total charitable contribution could easily surpass $250,000.HeadCount Co-Founders Marc Brownstein & Andy Bernstein Discuss Effecting Change, One Show At A TimeHeadCount has ran several similar charitable guitar auctions for various events over the past few years. At 2015’s Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago, a D’Angelico guitar signed by members of the Grateful Dead was auctioned off for an eye-popping $526,000. Similar efforts on last summer’s Dead & Co tour netted over $160,000 in contributions. HeadCount also helped produce an event last month where Jerry Garcia’s “Wolf” guitar was sold for $1.6 million, generating a total of $3.2 million for the Southern Poverty Law Center after an anonymous donor match.Jerry Garcia Wolf Guitar Raises $3.2M For Charity While Joe Russo’s “Friends With Benefits” Rock Out On It [Photos/Videos]“Dead & Company and their fans are incredibly generous,” said HeadCount executive director Andy Bernstein. “They’ve helped turn Participation Row into an active and loving home for all the various causes tied to this community.” Dead & Company concert attendees have also taken nearly 20,000 socially-conscious actions on “Participation Row” throughout the tour, including writing postcards to Congress, registering to vote, and taking quizzes about environmental impact. Any fan who takes three actions is rewarded with a limited edition Dead & Company pin from Participation Row sponsor Clean Energy Advisors. Fans also get a chance to win one more D’Angelico guitar signed by the band in a free drawing.last_img read more

CSFB experts slam FRS13

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Emotional All Blacks coach Steve Hansen bows out with win

first_imgAN emotional Steven Hansen said it was a “privilege” to lead New Zealand after they beat Wales 40-17 in his final game to claim third place at the World Cup.Hansen, who led the All Blacks to victory at the 2015 World Cup, said it was important to “honour the jersey” after the semi-final loss to England.“It was a tough game for both sides so congratulations to Wales too,” he said.“We have played good footy all the way through, but you have one bad day and you’re out. That’s knockout footy.”Hansen ends a 15-year association with the All Blacks, having joined the set-up as assistant to predecessor Graham Henry in 2004.The 60-year-old took over from Henry in December 2011, just weeks after the All Blacks won the World Cup on home soil, and has since achieved an 87% win ratio.He has also won six Rugby Championship titles and four Coach of the Year awards, and the departing coach paid tribute to his players and the supporters as he left his post.“It was important to honour the fans and put that one last week behind us,” he said. “I’m really proud of the boys.”‘Immensely proud’On a poignant day for the All Blacks, the three-time world champions also said goodbye to stalwart and captain Kieran Read.The powerful number eight, who has won 127 caps as well as two world titles, said it was “awesome to pull on the jersey” in his final game.“I’m immensely proud to see a crowd like this,” the 34-year-old said. “The guys appreciate what it means to be an All Black, I love it.“This jersey means a lot, it’s been part of my life for a long time. You try and leave it in a better place than you found it – that was my aim and hopefully I’ve done it.”Read still intends to play professional rugby and will join Japanese club Toyota Verblitz on a one-year deal after the tournament.He added: “Japan have been great hosts and we thank you for your support.”(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Morrison races again in Russia

first_imgThe competition, being held in Chelyabinsk, Russia, had the Fort St. John speed skater race in the men’s 1,500 metre event, finishing fifth in the event. Morrison’s fifth place finish came at a time of 1:46.83, completing the race as the fastest Canadian.Stefan Groothuis of the Netherlands finished first with a time of 1:45.70.The world cup event will continue on Saturday, Nov.19.- Advertisement –last_img

Delivering Bad News to Your Employees

first_imgWe all know how difficult it can be to approach employees with bad news such as a layoff, a merger, or anything that can generate negative consequences. How can you, as a manager at an expansion stage company, deliver negative news or feedback in a way that is most comfortable for you and your employees?A recent article on Inc. provided some excellent tips:Don’t Avoid It. The first and most important tip is to not avoid delivering bad news once you receive it. While you may want to procrastinate communicating negative information, the delay only makes it worse. This is especially true when you avoid giving negative feedback to employees regarding their performance. This type of feedback should not be delayed because the performance issues are likely to continue without it, potentially resulting in lost time, money, and increased frustration for you as a manager. Particularly if it is a single-employee issue, address the problem as soon as it arises. If it is a company-wide announcement (such as a merger or negative financial news), take charge if you are a member of the company’s management team, and address the issue quickly. Rumors begin when these issues delay, and you would not want to risk losing some of your best employees due to fear of the unknown.Be Clear and Direct.  Brevity is important. Do not build up the announcement or give advanced statements; just get straight to the point. Keep the message brief, direct, and don’t sugar-coat it.Take Ownership of the Problem. If a decision has been made that affects your employees, take ownership of the decision. Be ready to explain what caused the decision.Consider your Timing and Medium for Delivery. No one wants to hear bad news from their boss via email. Speak with your employees face to face out of respect, so they can respond directly with questions. In terms of timing, if it is a company-wide announcement, it is considered best to wait until late in the day between the middle and end of the week. But if it is a serious issue, take action at the start of the day. Always allow your employees to ask questions after delivering such news. Another great tip is to take suggestions from your employees as to how you can improve the situation by asking, “What would you do in my shoes?”Your employees will evaluate you as a manager based on your actions in both good times and bad, and handling bad news poorly may sabotage future productivity and have a negative effect on your employee retention. In order to keep your team working productively and to keep your top employees on board, treat them with respect if and when you must deliver negative news.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more