Down the Stretch: It’s ranked as one of the top Kentucky Derby events and tonight I’ve learned that legendary rock guitarist Richie Sambora will play and donate one-of-a-kind guitar at Barnstable Brown Gala for the second year in a row.
Sambora will not only attend Louisville’s prestigious fundraising event The Barnstable Brown Celebrity Gala for Diabetes, he also will play an Austrian Crystal Kantor Guitar Designed by Sambora. The Austrian Crystal Kantor Guitar is celebrating the running of the 141th Kentucky Derby and is Sambora’s second time headlining the event. This year, Sambora will be performing with Michael Jackson’s stage partner Australian guitarist Orianthi Panagaris.
After the performance, Sambora will auction off the guitar for charity. He did so last year and raised $32,000 for Barnstable causes, which includes diabetes and breast cancer.
“The beauty of this guitar symbolizes hope, and trust me it comes alive when I hold it. I can’t wait to burn down the Barnstable gala one more time,” said Sambora in a statement. “This time I brought some back up with world renowned Panagaris. I know with these two worthy causes of diabetes and breast cancer, coupled with the 141th running of the Kentucky Derby, will be too much for someone special who can add some serious funds to help fight these diseases.”