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ONE OF A KIND ITEMS TO BE AUCTIONED FROM CARRIE UNDERWOOD, KEITH URBAN, THE JONAS BROTHERS, MERCYME, MIKE HUCKABEE, AMY GRANT, STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN, MICHAEL W. SMITH AND MORE

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PORTER’S CALL PARTNERS WITH CLOTHES OFF OUR BACK FOR CELEBRITY FUNDRAISER

Over 30 music and sports stars, television personalities and best-selling authors  donate items to raise funds for the Franklin, TN organization that offers free counsel, support and encouragement to recording artists and their families

NASHVILLE, TN…9/9/09….Porter’s Call, the Franklin, TN organization that offers free counsel, support and encouragement to recording artists and their families, has partnered with the premier celebrity auction website,  www.clothesoffourback.org, to host an online celebrity auction September 14th – 30th. The auction’s direct link is www.clothesoffourback.org/porterscall.

The auction is an effort to sustain the organization’s long-term financial health and to continue to offer free services to the community of recording artists.  More than 30 music and sports stars, television personalities and best-selling authors have donated several one-of-a-kind, autographed items for this auction.  Some highlights include:

-       Autographed Guitars from Tim McGraw, Brooks & Dunn, Gene Simmons, Steven Curtis Chapman, Mercy Me, and Paramore
-       Autographed wardrobe items from Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Keith Urban, Big Kenny, Michael W. Smith and tobyMac
-       Concert and meet & greet packages from Casting Crowns, Diamond Rio and Mandisa
-       Titans and Predators tickets with special passes
-       Framed autographed handwritten lyrics from Vince Gill and Amy Grant
-       Autographed books from Mike Huckabee, Steve Harvey and Rick & Bubba
-       Other autographed items from Jonas Brothers, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Billy Bob Thornton, Alison Krauss, Gretchen Wilson, Sara Evans and Josh Turner

“We are so grateful for the overwhelming show of support we’ve received from the participating artists-many of whom we’ve never met,” said Porter’s Call founder Al Andrews.  “This auction collection holds a diverse and unique array of items that is sure to excite and delight their fans.  While we know these items will raise significant funds to further the work of Porter’s Call, we hope that awareness for the service we provide is already rising significantly within the music community and that we will be able to serve more artists in the months to come.”  

Started 9 years ago with an initial grant, Porter’s Call was created to meet a need to come alongside artists in their pilgrimage of life and music and faith.  Because of this, many artists are able to avoid the pitfalls so common in the industry. Since its doors opened, Porter’s Call has offered its service at no charge to artists.  This has been made possible through the generous support of record labels, artists and those working throughout various facets of the music industry.
Located in an historic home in Franklin, TN, it’s a safe and confidential place for artists where questions can be asked and explored; where broken lives can be restored and healed; where God can be encountered and discovered; where creative gifts can be deepened and enhanced.

Counselors Al and Nita Andrews have welcomed almost 500 artists through their doors since its inception.

The Clothes Off Our Back Foundation is a 501c3 organization that hosts charity auctions showcasing today's hottest celebrity attire. Items are put up for bid to the public with proceeds going to benefit children's charities. Clothes Off Our Back was founded by actors and philanthropists Jane Kaczmarek ("Malcolm In The Middle," "Raising the Bar") and Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing," "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") whose efforts, along with their celebrity and designer friends have helped improve the lives of children across the globe.  For more information and to bid, log onto www.clothesoffourback.org.