Piper Arts Frames Taylor Swift Guitar for Record-Breaking Fundraiser

An image of a black acoustic guitar mounted in a custom frame. The frame features a pink FireFly guitar alongside an authenticated autograph by Taylor Swift. The background showcases the vibrant atmosphere of the Big Stars & Pink Guitars fundraiser event, with attendees gathered around to admire the stunning piece of memorabilia. The frame is elegantly displayed, capturing the essence of the event's record-breaking achievement.

At Piper Arts & Custom Framing, we’ve had the honor of being part of some truly special projects, but our recent collaboration with the Sanford Health Foundation for the Big Stars & Pink Guitars fundraiser was one for the books.

For years, the annual fundraiser has been a beacon of hope and support for the Edith Sanford Breast Center and breast cancer research, but the pressure was on to reach a monumental milestone: $1 million in donations.


An image of Kory Van Sickle, the creator of Firefly Guitars, standing proudly next to a custom-framed black acoustic guitar. The guitar is mounted in a stylish frame and features a pink FireFly guitar alongside an authenticated autograph by Taylor Swift. Kory is smiling and gesturing towards the guitar, showcasing the collaborative masterpiece created for the Big Stars & Pink Guitars fundraiser event. The background captures the excitement and energy of the event venue, with attendees admiring the impressive display.

Enter Kory Van Sickle, the mastermind behind the event and the iconic pink guitars that have become synonymous with the fundraiser. Inspired by his business, Firefly Guitars, Van Sickle’s creativity and generosity have played a pivotal role in the success of the event year after year.

This year, Van Sickle’s donation took center stage—a black acoustic guitar signed by none other than Taylor Swift. With the help of Piper Arts & Custom Framing, Van Sickle transformed the guitar into a stunning piece of memorabilia, featuring a pink FireFly guitar alongside Swift’s authenticated autograph.


An image capturing the behind-the-scenes process of framing the signed guitar for the Big Stars & Pink Guitars fundraiser event. A black acoustic guitar, signed by Taylor Swift, is carefully positioned within a custom framing workshop. A skilled artisan from Piper Arts & Custom Framing is meticulously arranging the guitar within a stylish frame, ensuring that every detail is perfectly aligned. Tools and materials for framing are visible in the background, highlighting the craftsmanship and attention to detail involved in the framing process. This image offers a glimpse into the creation of the iconic piece of memorabilia that contributed to the success of the fundraising event.

The result? A show-stopping masterpiece that captured the hearts and wallets of attendees. Business owner and philanthropist Brian Kern from Madison made a generous donation of $100,000, pushing the fundraiser over the $1 million mark in one unforgettable night.


An image of a stunning pink guitar, crafted to resemble a ribbon for breast cancer awareness. The guitar features intricate details and vibrant hues, symbolizing hope, strength, and support for those affected by breast cancer. This iconic Pink Guitar is a signature piece created by Kory Van Sickle of Firefly Guitars, and it serves as the centerpiece of the annual Big Stars & Pink Guitars fundraiser event. The guitar is elegantly displayed, showcasing its beauty and significance in raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

For us at Piper Arts, being part of this incredible journey was a privilege beyond measure. From crafting the perfect frame to showcasing Swift’s autograph in all its glory, every detail was a labor of love. It’s moments like these that remind us why we do what we do—to bring joy, inspiration, and hope to our community through the power of art.

As we reflect on this record-breaking achievement, we extend our deepest gratitude to Kory Van Sickle, the Sanford Health Foundation, and everyone who contributed to the success of the Big Stars & Pink Guitars fundraiser. Together, we’ve made a difference in the fight against breast cancer, one frame at a time.


An image showcasing the finished framed piece displayed in the gallery at Piper Arts. The custom-framed black acoustic guitar, signed by Taylor Swift and accompanied by a pink FireFly guitar, is elegantly mounted within a stylish frame. The gallery setting provides a serene backdrop, with soft lighting illuminating the framed artwork and emphasizing its beauty and craftsmanship. The framed piece is meticulously presented, reflecting the care and attention to detail that went into its creation. This image captures the anticipation and excitement surrounding the masterpiece before it was showcased at the Big Stars & Pink Guitars fundraiser event.

Stay tuned for more exciting collaborations and projects from Piper Arts & Custom Framing—we can’t wait to share them with you!


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