Soundgarden launches its 2017 North American Spring Tour during the final days of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. During the duration of the tour, which ends May 27, fans can enter to win an autographed, custom painted guitar and other prizes with each donation to RAACE (Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to eliminating child sexual abuse. To make a donation and enter the raffle, visit www.soundgardenraffle.com.
Entries will be available for a donation of $10 for one raffle ticket, $50 for 7 raffle tickets and $100 for 17 raffle tickets. The grand prize winner will receive the guitar signed by all members of the band: Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, and Ben Shepherd courtesy of the band and the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation.
Soundgarden is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their third studio album, the multi-platinum BADMOTORFINGER, with four special reissues available now. The guitar features hand-painted graphics from the album by award-winning airbrush artist Mark Brown of Mark Brown Studios in Street, MD. Second and third place winners will receive a BADMOTORFINGER 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Super Deluxe Box Set and a Soundgarden memorabilia prize pack, respectively.
The partnership with Soundgarden adds a new dimension to the RAACE SuperHero program (a program for those who feel strongly about the organization’s mission and are willing to go the extra mile by donating their resources to share RAACE’s message and influence others to join the cause) as this is the nonprofit’s first venture with the music industry.
RAACE Executive Director Brad Brickel is particularly excited about the opportunity. An avid Soundgarden fan and a bass player himself, Brad decided to take up playing bass guitar after his first time seeing the band onstage, at the 9:30 club in Washington, DC in 1989.
“After carrying Chris Cornell around on my shoulders in the mosh pit and seeing how much fun they were having, I knew I wanted to do that too,” says Brad. “When I first joined RAACE, I was excited about being involved with my childhood hero, race car driver Steve Smith. In my wildest dreams I never imagined we would be able to bring RAACE’s message to the millions of Soundgarden fans.”
Soundgarden achieved mainstream success with its 1994 breakthrough album Superunknown, which sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and is still considered one of the greatest albums of all time.
In 2012, Soundgarden singer Chris and his wife Vicky created the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to raise awareness and mobilize support for vulnerable children facing tough challenges including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.
RAACE’s mission is to raise public awareness about the prevalence of child sexual abuse, provide access to information and tools for how to prevent it and, in turn, eradicate the epidemic by inspiring others to stand up against abuse by joining its movement.
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To learn more about the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, visit http://chrisandvickycornellfoundation.org