2022 Giving Tuesday Charity Banjos

by Jamie Deering

We are so pleased to bring you two Giving Tuesday Charity Banjos for 2022! Near and dear to our hearts this year they will be benefitting education! We have brought together members of the banjo community, Valerie June and the Henhouse Prowlers to collaborate on and bring you these special banjos.

Each banjo has been designed to represent the respective artist, has been personally signed and will be auctioned off beginning Nov 29th 2022 at 9am ET and run through 9pm ET December 6th 2022, benefitting charities of the artist's choice. 

You can see the Giving Tuesday Charity Banjos and participate in the auctions at:

Valerie’s Giving Tuesday Banjo pays homage to her “Sweet Little Baby Banjolele”, with Val hand inlayed in maple wood into the custom Koa neck. The traditional bowtie inlays of the goodtime are also specially done in maple to go with the violin grade maple rim of this sweet sounding Goodtime Banjo Ukulele. This collaboration was inspired by Valerie’s newly launched Children’s book “Somebody to Love”, the story of her banjolele. Her Giving Tuesday Banjolele will benefit is Literacy Mid South, who have the mission to provide literacy resources to learners of all backgrounds and ages. They serve all the Mid-South, from adults to children.

Literacy Mid-South improves the quality of life in their community through education by providing literacy programs for adults and children as well as a network of collaborative projects with some of the Mid-South's finest educational organizations. Their organization was formed to help people of all ages and backgrounds achieve the critical literacy skills they need to navigate the world. They are a group of passionate staff, volunteers, board, and community organizations dedicated to making the Mid-South a community actively engaged in continuous learning. For more than 45 years, enduring changes in its programs, leadership, and even its name, Literacy Mid-South has stayed true to the vision that inspired its creation in 1974: to bring the gift of literacy to people of the Mid-South.

The Bluegrass Ambassadors Giving Tuesday Banjo is inspired by the hard-working Henhouse Prowlers, a long time Chicago based bluegrass band. They founded the non-profit Bluegrass Ambassadors and have been bringing music education to people all over the world. This one-of-a-kind banjo is modeled after the popular Artisan Goodtime Two. Custom stained Honey Amber along with navy blue finished metal parts, this banjo brings to life the band colors of the Bluegrass Ambassadors. The drum-head has been signed by bluegrass, folk and country musicians at the 2022 IBMA World of Bluegrass event in Sept 2022. Signatures include Henhouse Prowlers, Jens Kruger, Missy Raines, Ned Luberecki Danny Paisley, Greg Cahill, Grammy Award Winner’s Dom Flemmons, Becky Buller and Jim Lauderdale and many many more!

This Giving Tuesday Banjo benefits the Bluegrass Ambassadors whose mission is to educate and inspire through the cultural exchange of music. Their vision is to provide unique educational programming that blends global folk music traditions with cultural awareness and understanding.

Giving Tuesday is for everyone and the charities benefiting in this years’ Giving Tuesday Banjo Auctions are just as encompassing in the work they do.

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. Created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good.

Deering Banjos, now celebrating their 47th anniversary as a family run business, has long held having care for their community to be an important part of what they do. Some of what they have done over their many years is shared at https://www.deeringbanjos.com/pages/deering-philanthropic-events

Valerie June's Sweet Little Baby Banjolele Giving Tuesday Banjo Auction



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