Skynyrd-signed guitar highlights raffle

By Bill Dean
Entertainment editor for

The Gainsville Sun

Hailing from Jacksonville, Lynyrd Skynyrd's ties to Gainesville are surprising perhaps only in their depth and longevity. They go back to the late '60s and early '70s when the unsigned band performed shows in Gainesville, including several for Tom Petty's Mudcrutch.

Today they continue with the group helping to raise funds for Gainesville's Earl Gardner, who as a 7-year-old in 2007 received burns to 40 percent of his body at his home in northwest Gainesville.

The band recently sent Earl's family an Ibanez guitar autographed by singer Johnny Van Zant, guitarists Gary Rossington and Rickey Medlocke, and others associated with the group along with 38 Special singer Donnie Van Zant.

The guitar is being raffled off Saturday with proceeds from the $2 donations per chance going to defray Earl's continuing medical expenses. Chances are available at the Short Stop in Gainesville, Alachua Farm & Lumber Center in Alachua, the Spindrifter Lounge, Sonny's Pit Bar-B-Cue in Alachua, Hitchcock's grocery stores in Alachua, Trenton, Hawthorne, Newberry, Old Town, Jasper, East Palataka and Keystone Heights.

The drawing for the guitar will be held at noon Saturday at Alachua Farm & Lumber Center, at 14101 N.W. 145th Ave., Alachua, though participants don't need to be present to win. For more information, call the Alachua Farm & Lumber Center at (386) 462-3003.

Posted by Lynyrd Skynyrd in Site News December 10, 2009 8:32:00 PM UTC |

Leave a comment (8 Responses)


jACKSONVILLE1 // March 01, 2010 9:22:49 PM UTC

Way to go guys just a great way to show you care my prayers are with Earl and his family!!! Keep rockin and take care!!!


midnightrider // January 30, 2010 11:00:49 AM UTC

just wondering are there any new updates on how [earl] is doing--------let us know-------my prayers are with you and your family------------god bless


ls-chris53 // January 05, 2010 12:23:28 PM UTC

Class and compasion, not found anymore in many areas of life but the band seems to remain thankful and grateful for what they have even though they have lost more than others.


don_nr4dr // December 24, 2009 11:50:11 PM UTC

Great idea for raising money for such a worth while cause.


midnightrider // December 17, 2009 8:47:27 AM UTC

my thoughts and prayers are with you earl,and also wanted to thank lynyrd skynyrd for letting us all know about this,thank you,and god bless


jesusfreak06 // December 11, 2009 10:26:32 PM UTC



Cat'n the Hat // December 11, 2009 8:11:12 PM UTC

Wow. I wished I still had a job, I'd send Earl a donation as a Christmas gift. :-( I guess a prayer will have to do this year.


gabriel_brazil // December 11, 2009 1:55:55 AM UTC

awesome work guys ! keep movin' on !

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