A strawberry-shaped guitar donated by Colorful Harvest LLC, Salinas, Calif., helped raise money for college students at the Florida Strawberry Growers Association’s yearly awards banquet.
Courtesy Colorful Harvest
Doug Ranno, Colorful Harvest’s chief operating officer and managing partner, shows off the electric guitar auctioned to raise money for college students at the Florida Strawberry Growers Association’s banquet.
The Dec. 4 Strawberry Jam event, held in Plant City, Fla., raised funds for through the Rodney Hutto Memorial Scholarship.
Hutto, 52, a Plant City grower and association board member, died in 2009.
Doug Ranno, Colorful Harvest’s chief operating officer and managing partner, said the grower-shipper donated the custom made Musical Harvest strawberry-themed electric guitar in the surprise live auction to honor Hutto’s memory and industry contributions.
“Rodney Hutto was a friend to Colorful Harvest and the Florida strawberry industry, and we wanted to do something special to honor his memory,” Ranno said in a news release.
The guitar was built with fine hardwoods including a deep red maple body, a green maple headstock and a variegated green cocobolo kalic fingerboard, Ranno said.
The guitar generated $3,200 for the scholarship fund.
The event also honored Florida’s top strawberry growers and presenting other scholarships.