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Rick Nielsen designs guitar for raffle


A famous face brings a crowd to CherryVale mall. And no, it's not Santa.

Rick Nielsen, rock star and Rockford native played a few songs and unveiled his newest contribution to the community, a guitar he designed himself.

Nielsen's band Cheap Trick is currently on tour with Aerosmith. But today his band was comprised of local student musicians. Together they played a few classics before kicking off a fundraiser for the Burpee Museum.

Earlier this year, Nielsen donated his collection of guitars and memorabilia to the museum, which is appropriately named 'Rick's Picks'.

And now with the help of sponsors like Hamer Guitars, BMO Harris Bank, and others, Nielsen has added one more instrument to the collection.

"The backside has the Jane dinosaur, and the front has Rick and Jane as well," said Dan Roszkowski, Rick's Picks exhibit committee chairman. "And so we wanted to have something that was symbolic of the exhibit that would live on long after the exhibit is over with."

But unlike the other guitars at 'Rick's Picks,' this one is up for grabs. When the exhibit ends in April, it will be raffled off.

"We're going to draw some lucky winner, and they will walk away with this guitar," said Roszkowski.

Just like the exhibit, all the money raised in the raffle also goes directly to the museum.

"I can't express our gratitude to Rick Nielsen, for all he's done on this," said Roszkowski. "He's donated his time, his intellectual property to the museum for this exhibit, he's asked for nothing in return."

Nielsen is happy to give back to his community. "It's just the greatest thing, I've got the best job in the world," he said.

Raffle tickets are available for purchase at the Brupee Museum. They are one dollar each, or fifteen for ten dollars.

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