NOAHH representatives accept a check from Jimmy Buffet
It was hard to tell why they were smiling. It could well be the check. It might have been the presence of music legend Jimmy Buffet who was presenting the check. It could very well have been the swimsuit model, one of the dozens whose signature graced the guitar whose auction brought the money in. Perhaps, it was a combination of all three.
On April 27, 2007, representatives of New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) received a check for $21,050 from Jimmy Buffett and Sports Illustrated. The money, which will go to support NOAHH’s Musicians’ Village, was raised by an Ebay auction of a guitar signed by Buffett and 21 Sports Illustrated swimsuit models. The guitar sold for $42,100, half of which goes to the Musicians’ Village , and the other half to the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic (NOMC).
The models, who also appeared in Buffett’s music video “Getting the Picture,” signed and posed with the guitar in 14 different cities in four different countries. The guitar is the Jimmy Buffett Shellback guitar, the fifth of only 168 guitars in a line designed by C. F. Martin, a renowned designer.