SAN FRANCISCO, June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Legendary musician and Rock 'n Roll
Hall of Famer Carlos Santana and his wife Deborah have made available an
incredible stash of one-of-a-kind collectibles for an online auction to
benefit The Milagro Foundation, a non-profit organization established by the
Santanas to serve the needs of at-risk and disadvantaged youth through a broad
spectrum of educational, arts and health programs. Each of the unique and
rare personal pieces will come complete with a certificate of authenticity
signed by Deborah Santana. The sale of these remarkable items is being
handled exclusively by San Francisco-based Dreamer Auctions, in conjunction
with The Milagro Foundation.
Carlos Santana commented that, "The ongoing work of The Milagro Foundation
helps young people in need all over the world. It's a blessing that I'm able
to further contribute to their efforts by donating many of the interesting
things accumulated throughout my career, and it's a beautiful way for the fans
to become part of the circle of giving as well."
Dreamer Auctions' significant treasure trove of genuine Santana
memorabilia features items including: an autographed Fender guitar; an
ornately decorated denim vest; the official box from one of Santana's Latin
GRAMMY(R) Awards; a custom-made silk suit; a hand-written set list; and a
commemorative poster from shows at Bill Graham's Fillmore Auditorium. The
listing of these incredible collectibles has been hosted exclusively by
Internet giant eBay since June 4, and will continue at the site through
Dreamer Auctions is a for-profit business dedicated to raising funds for
non-profit organizations. It is part of MGR Entertainment, Inc., an
innovative company working with music artists to manage their brand franchises
and create and develop intellectual property-based, revenue-generating
opportunities outside of the recorded music arena. MGR has worked with major
talents including Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, and LeAnn Rimes. Of their current
auction-driven partnership with Santana, MGR Founder, Dean Gelfand says,
"It's exciting to have the chance to offer these amazing items to the public.
I think this purposeful melding together of rock 'n roll and philanthropy is a
great way to generate revenue for a truly worthy cause, and have a lot of fun
at the same time."
Carlos and Deborah Santana established The Milagro Foundation in 1998. It
supports grass roots, community-based, tax-exempt organizations throughout the
United States, and in the many countries worldwide touched by the music of
Santana. In under three years, The Milagro Foundation has bestowed grants to
over one hundred groups working on behalf of young people -- for more
information, visit www.milagrofoundation.org. Carlos and Deborah Santana's
philanthropic work has also supported many other charitable, including
Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Blues for El Salvador, Tijuana Orphans, and
San Francisco Earthquake Relief.
Carlos Santana is currently at work on the follow-up to his wildly
successful RIAA Diamond-status album Supernatural, which has been certified
fourteen-times platinum in the United States, with international sales upwards
of ten million -- it is the #7 best-selling album of the entire Soundscan
era. Supernatural was honored with a record-breaking nine GRAMMYs at the
2000 ceremonies, and swept three major categories at the first annual Latin
GRAMMYs. Since its 1999 release, Supernatural has received dozens of other
important awards both domestically and internationally, and its vibrant music
and joyful spirit continue to reach people around the world.
While musical artistry will always be the driving force for international
phenomenon Carlos Santana, his humanitarian work via The Milagro Foundation
and other causes is equally dear to his heart. Dreamer Auctions'
once-in-a-lifetime offering of authentic Santana collectibles is a unique way
to take part in the spirit of giving that is so essential to Carlos and
To see what's available, log onto:
For further information, please contact: Michael Jensen, 626-585-9575, or
Susan Stewart, 530-823-5962, both for Carlos Santana.
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