The Silver Clef Awards is an annual UK music awards lunch which has been running since 1976. George Michael was the recipient of the Silver Clef Awards in 1989. During the auction held at the awarding ceremonies, George Michael displayed his amazing philanthropy and charitable spirit, by bidding on a guitar — and giving it back for next year’s auction.
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Generous George Michael laid £55,000 for a guitar last week – then immediately gave it away! George topped the bidding for the historic guitar at a fund-raising lunch for the Norfoff Robbins Music Therapy centre. But like previous owners, including Paul McCartney, George put in the highest bid and then gave the guitar back to be auctioned next year.
At the lunch, at the swank Inter Continental Hotel in London, George was awarded the Silver Clef Award for his outstanding achievements as a singer and songwriter. And Fairground Attraction won the HMV Award for Best Newcomers. The lunch raised more than £300,000 which will be used to help teach children with mental and physical disabilities through the use of music and musical instruments. The group are currently trying to raise £3 million for a new centre.
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