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Press Release
August 10 2009
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Christopher Guerin, Vice President of Corporate Communications, (800) 222-4700 ext. 1030
Sweetwater Founder and President Honored
- Chuck Surack Receives Award for Arts Contributions -

Fort Wayne, IN - Chuck Surack, founder of Sweetwater Sound, the third-largest music instrument and pro audio retailer in the world, was presented a special Whammy award for his contributions to the arts.

Whammy awards are presented by music and arts publication Whatzup, and honor musicians, artists, television and radio personalities, and venues for their work and efforts within the arts community. This year was the ninth consecutive year the Whammy awards have taken place in Fort Wayne. Winners of the awards are decided by a reader poll.

Since its founding in 1979, Sweetwater has been a supporter of numerous music and education-related activities through donations, sponsorships, and in-kind products and services including free recording time both in-studio and during live performances. The vast majority of Sweetwater's 350 employees, including Surack, are musicians. With a new campus featuring a state-of-the-art theatre hosting appearances by some of music's most elite performers, Whatzup believes that "Sweetwater continues to provide the local arts community with a great ally during tough economic times."

Whatzup presented Surack the special Whammy award based on his leadership in guiding and maintaining his company's artistic vision.

He remarked, "As Sweetwater has grown, I've stayed the same Chuck Surack. I still play every weekend and am as much into music as I've ever been. The Whammys are a great way to recognize the musicians in the area, and I'm very flattered to have been considered for this. I see it as recognition not only for what I'm doing but for what the whole company is doing, and I'm very honored."

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