Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament Donates Bass Guitars to Seattle Charity


Story by Charles Ken

Pearl Jam bass player contributes to 826 Seattle

Between their numerous charity concerts and work for the Red Cross, Amnesty International, the Bridge School, Save the Children, the Vera Project and more, the grunge gents of Pearl Jam are long known as do-gooders.

Pearl Jam bass player Jeff Ament recently got into the giving spirit by donating a pair of custom-made bass guitars to an auction to help raise funds for 826 Seattle.
Amnent’s two custom-made, hand-painted bass guitars were sold at auction for $8,501 each, according to Phinney Wood, with all the profits going to the non-profit writing and tutoring center. Ament even contributed all the paint work on the guitars. Each bass guitar was valued at $5,500. The Charity Buzz website hosted the auctions.

826 Seattle was thrilled with the funds they raised from the auction and tweeted a hearty “thank you” to all who participated: “THANK YOU to everyone who helped support today’s auction. You’re ALL rockstars to us. Final bids? $17,000. Holy. Moly. We are SO GRATEFUL.”

Pearl Jam recently donated $50,000 to Blessings in a Backpack, a program to feed 216 children over a three-year period at Wileman Elementary School in Delavan, Wis. Beginning in 2012, the organization and grocery partner Piggly Wiggly will guarantee that each of the children get a backpack filled with food for the weekend each Friday of the school year. It’s often forgotten that many kids go hungry over the weekend, when school day lunch programs aren’t in service, so the food-packed backpacks, certainly, are a blessing. Pearl Jam’s donation came from their Vitalogy Foundation, the group’s solely funded nonprofit organization.


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