The Sound Education music store on Ogden Avenue in Brookfield will be holding a charity event with a twist next week: for every two cans of food its customers bring in, they will clean and restring their guitars for free.
Owner Patrick Sheridan said this is the second year he’s organized the food drive, which will be held Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All of the food collected will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Sheridan said the event was simply his way of giving back to the community.
“We’re just looking to help out the community,” he said. “I’ve driven by the depository many times, and I figured it would be a good idea to find a way to organize something like this.”
Last year, Sheridan said, only about 45 customers took advantage of the free guitar service, which would normally cost $15-20, but the store managed to collect 400 pounds of food.
This year Sheridan has greatly increased advertising for the event, and is hoping to see those numbers rise quite a bit.
“We’re hoping to get about 200 people this time,” he said. “Anybody’s welcome.”
Sheridan opened A Sound Education, located at 9433 Ogden Ave., five years ago after the closing of the Sound Post music store in LaGrange, where he had worked. A Sound Education sells musical instruments, and also offers instrument lessons.