Story Behind Eddie Van Halen's Public School Guitar Donation Revealed
Earlier this year, Eddie Van Halen donated 75 guitars from his personal collection to the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation for use in Los Angeles' public schools; now, a rep for the organization, Felice Mancini, speaking with the Examiner, explains how the deal went down:
"Eddie's management company knew that Eddie wanted to give these guitars away. They called and said, 'We have a client who is interested in doing this,' and they talked to us for a long time . . . They did not tell us who it was until they were sure that they liked us and that we were the ones. And we found out and we thought, Whoa! OK! Wonderful!"
Mancini added that once the deal was done, Eddie paid a visit to the foundation:
"He came to our office with his lovely wife and took some pictures with the staff. He's a lovely man and very shy. It was fun. Eddie's wife was delightful; they were just so happy that this happened. Eddie did sincerely want to feel that he gave something back, and he did. It was win-win all the way around."
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