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Taylor Swift Donates Signed Guitar to Benefit Rhode Island Fire Memorial

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It seems like Taylor Swift is always quick to indulge her generous side. This time, the award-winning singer donated a signed guitar to a local auction in Rhode Island.

Swift is a new resident of Westerly, R.I. The 23-year-old star just purchased a mansion there, and it sounds like she’s already eager to be a part of the community. For her first neighborly endeavor, Swift donated a signed acoustic guitar that will be auctioned off on Sept. 20 during nearby West Warwick’s centennial ball.

Proceeds from the auction will go towards a Warwick High School Scholarship and the Station Fire Memorial Foundation. The foundation is raising funds to build a memorial at the former site of the Station nightclub, which burned in 2003, resulting in 100 deaths and 200 injuries.

“I just think it’s so cool that the first person out of the gates to support our efforts is our new Rhode Islander,” says former West Warwick mayor J. Michael Levesque (quote via the Providence Journal). “We should be able to raise a significant amount of money for some very needy West Warwick charities with this very thoughtful and generous donation.”

Swift put her signature on the guitar sometime in the last month, so the item up for bid is very new. Levesque was the one who thought to reach out to Swift’s publicity staff to request an item for the auction. Per usual, the country crossover star delivered!

“She is a Rhode Islander and now she is an official Rhode Islander because of her linkage to West Warwick, which we all know is the Mecca of the universe,” he adds.

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