CAMANCHE – When Iowa Rock N Roll Hall of Fame band Coup DeVille takes the stage, two pink acoustic guitars covered in dark black signatures have a prominent position.
The brainchild of Coup DeVille drummer Jake Boyd, the guitars are raising money for Clinton's Relay for Life.
Relay for Life raises funds nationwide for the American Cancer Society. Clinton's Relay, called Celebration of Life, took place in DeWitt in June, said Carolyn Moore, a member of the Clinton Relay committee.
Next year's Relay, set for June 20, will be the 25th anniversary of the event, Moore said.
Following a performance in Sioux City for the cancer center, Boyd suggested having people sign a pink guitar to raise money for cancer, said Coup DeVille's Jim Clark before a performance in Camanche Saturday.
Boyd donated the first guitar, which filled with signatures quickly. Tegeler Music Enterprises in Clinton donated a second which is also filling fast.
"Anyone can sign," said Boyd. "Anyone who cares about cancer." Signing the guitar costs nothing, but Coup DeVille will donate $1 to Clinton Relay for Life for each signature.
Relay for Life will also receive whatever price the guitars sell for during a performance at Moline Activity Center Sept. 14. The guitars will be auctioned off at 3 p.m. that day, Clark said.
All of the profit from the sale of the guitars will be donated to Clinton Relay for Life, Boyd said. "I hope these guitars go for a few thousand."
Whatever the amount is, the Relay for Life committee will be happy to have it, Moore said.
The band has collected signatures at concerts in Moline and Rock Island, Illinois, at a Kiwanis meeting, and at the cancer unit of MercyOne in Clinton where patients and nurses signed the guitars, Boyd said. He visited with people who were receiving chemotherapy there.
"It's bad," Boyd said. "Once you hear their story, it breaks your heart."
Coup DeVille has sponsored of the Relay for Life golf tournament for years, said Clark, a cancer survivor. He estimates that the tournament has raised more than $50,000 for cancer research since it began.
The guitar fundraiser is a little smaller -- and a little pinker -- than the traditional golf tournament, but in the words of Moore, "This is just the coolest thing."
Coup DeVille, 2001 inductees into the Iowa Rock N Roll Music Association Hall of Fame, will have the guitars available for signing at its performances. The band will play at Ben Butterworth Park in East Moline, Illinois Monday, Sept. 9 from 6-7:30 p.m. and at Moline Activity Center in Moline, Illinois from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 where the guitars will be auctioned.