PRYOR, OK —
Rocklahomans dug to the depths of their pockets for the annual charity auction.
Executives from AEG Live, the entertaining company that brings Rocklahoma to Pryor, contacted property owners surrounding the festival grounds to get their input on what charities should receive the funds this year.
The first guitar to be auctioned off was signed by the members of Five Finger Death Punch. The highest bidder, walking away with the guitar and bragging rights, was an Oklahoma City man who forked over $18,000. This man's generosity broke all previous records for auction items at Rocklahoma.
Later in the festival, guitars signed by Seether and Staind each sold for $7,500.
Another $2,500 was added to the charity funds with the selling of a guitar signed by the members of Deftones, another of the event headliners.
AEG Live executive Kristine Ashton-Magnuson said the grand total of all their fundraising efforts over the weekend was $50,000.
Rocklahoma has previously raised over $150,000 for tornado relief efforts.
Guitars provided revenue for one local merchant as well.
Twisted Sister purchased a Pan brand acoustic guitar from Grand River Rhythm and Music in Pryor.
The guitar was later smashed to pieces by band frontman Dee Snider who said he was “doing rock right” which meant no acoustic covers.
Grand River Rhythm's owner Mike McCormick said he hated to see the guitar smashed, but thought it was pretty cool to have some of rock's greatest in his store.
For the second year in a row the store donated a guitar to KMOD to be used at the festival.