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2014 Lichty Ukulele Raffle!

The 2014 Lichty raffle ukulele was crafted by Jay Lichty at his Tryon, North Carolina shop. Every instrument Jay builds is one-of-a-kind, and this year’s raffle is no exception.

While Lichty builds handcrafted guitars and ukuleles with beautiful, resonate woods from around the world, he’s been on the hunt for good sources of local woods. Lichty also loves the idea of building with salvaged materials whenever possible. Recently they had the good fortune of finding select pieces of oak that had once been the flooring of an ancient western North Carolina mountain cabin. Jay has been dying to build something with this special oak. To that end, he has crafted a ukulele for the 2014 LEAF raffle out of that same “mountain cabin oak” for the back and sides, the soundboard is Sinker Cedar (wood reclaimed from naturally fallen trees in western Canada that were sunken in the temperate forest bogs) and the neck is carved out of an old mahogany bedpost.

Lichty Side ViewMuch like LEAF’s mission, this unique ukulele connects “wood cultures” by combining three pieces from diverse backgrounds. All three create a harmonious community of sound, finding new purpose through hand-crafted unity.

The list price for this ukulele is $4,135. Tickets are $10 a piece with 100% of proceeds going towards music and arts education programming locally and globally.


This reclaimed masterpiece includes “mountain cabin oak” forming the back and sides, a Sinker Cedar soundboard, and neck carved from an antique mahogany bedpost.

 Raffle Launch Date: April 16th, 2014

Raffle Draw Date:
October 19th, at the LEAF Festival


Click here for videos, audio samples, pictures and more info about the LEAF Ukulele and Lichty Guitars

• Ukulele Value: $4,135

• Ticket Price: $10 (you may buy multiple tickets)

• Ticket sales are limited to 500

• Raffle Drawing Date: At the finale performance of 2014 October LEAF Festival, October 19th. The winner does not have to be present.

100% of the dollars raised go to LEAF’s art education programs through LEAF Schools & Streets and LEAF International.

To order online go to http://leafticketsales.org/store/detail.php?id=1216, all online sales include a $5.99 processing fee. To place an order over the phone, please call (828) 68-MUSIC (686-8742). No service fees are included to phone orders.

Attendance at the festival is NOT required to win this item!


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LITanzArushaSkirt3webYou value the ARTS:

Help LEAF provide opportunities for local underserved youth to experience performing arts and world cultures. Your support also funds programs on four continents in which youth learn and preserve their local music traditions.


You see the CHANGE:

See students from LEAF Schools & Streets perform at the October and May festivals. Through performing youth develop higher self-esteem and a love for music and culture.


LEAF is looking to deepen the impact our programs have in our communities.

Future projects may include:

  • Local summer music programs

  • An “All-Star” or “Mentor” program for youth who are excelling or aging out of current programs

  • Improved training for teaching artists

  • Additional programs in our current international host cities to promote cultural exchange and sustainability.




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Whether it is $10 or $10,000, we thank you for supporting LEAF and wanting to learn more. Your gift will provide music, dance and festive arts to underserved youth. You are helping LEAF expand its use of music and art as tools in enriching cultural experiences, self-expression, and tolerance in our youth, schools, and communities.

Mail donations to:
Attn: Development Director
377 Lake Eden Rd.
Black Mountain, NC 28711

828-68MUSIC  (686-8742)

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