Ginny and Byron have been exposed to music their entire life. Their father was a concert clarinetist, and played locally as a jazz clarinetist in Sacramento. He was a Band Master in the Army, as well. Their mother was a concert flutist who loved to play. Their Grandfather was a percussionist in the Shiners’ Drum Corp., and let's not forget Grandma who was an excellent cellist! Byron sure can hold his own when it comes to playing the guitar! He is a self-taught musician and being left handed, had a difficult and frustrating time finding guitars to play. At the age of 16 he built his first “lefty”! He’s been building custom guitars ever since.
In May of 2009, Ginny Jobe, the co-founder of Charity Guitar, was diagnosed with stage 2 Invasive Ductal breast cancer. Like many victims of this disease, Ginny was devastated and terrified by the news. But after the initial shock had passed, she made up her mind that she was going to fight and win her battle. After a double mastectomy, and several rounds of chemo, Ginny is on her way to being cancer free. Along her journey many people and organizations were there to help. Ginny, like many others, found that the company she worked for had to close its doors. When she needed to consult a doctor about a mammogram, she was unemployed and had no health insurance. Her partner found a program offered through Sutter Health Foundation called, "Every Woman Counts.” Ginny was soon informed that this very program that saved her life would be suffering financial cutbacks, moving the age for a free mammogram from 40 yrs of age to 50 yrs of age. She quickly determined the need to give back to this community of angels in the hopes that others facing this battle never find themselves alone or without the care and support she herself depended on.
In October of 2010, Ginny contacted her brother Byron, who has been making guitars for 30 years, and asked him to make a guitar in the shape of a breast cancer ribbon so it could be auctioned off for charity. After discussing the details, the “Breast Cancer Charity Guitar” was born. The Jobe's donated the guitar to the Susan G .Komen Run for the Cure, here in Sacramento, where raffle donations were in excess of $8,000. Donated parts alone are valued at over $4,000.
FWMO has been blessed with the next donation from Byron and Ginny Jobe. A custom guitar has been made and donated to honor our Fallen Warriors. Byron is the builder of this beautiful guitar. You can follow his progress at www.charityguitar.com or www.fwmo.org. We will sell tickets for this Veterans Memorial Guitar during the next year at various events and venues with the final drawing to be held at the 8th Annual FWMO Car and Motorcycle Show on June 8, 2013. Tickets go on sale June 9, 2012.
Don’t miss your chance to win this one of a kind guitar!