American Picker Nation came in out in droves at the end of last year to help raise funds for The Autumn Leaves Project. In December, quintessential picker Mike Wolfe donated the iconic Piggly Wiggly costume head for a raffle to benefit Autumn Leaves. The Piggly Wiggly head has seen by millions in person and on television, displayed at his Antique Archeology Nashville store.
The whole thing came about because Wolfe, wanted to do something charitable for his friend Autumn Leaves founder and singer/songwriter/producer Butch Walker, in memory of Walker’s father who died of pancreatic cancer.
Now fast-forward to the drawing for the one name that would be the lucky recipient out of hundreds of tickets sold and the winner, drawn on Jan. 6, was … insert drum roll here … John Branam, of a little town just outside of Knoxville, Tenn.
“This is the biggest thing I have ever won,” he said, when Autumn Leaves representatives called him. “I am a big fan of the American Pickers show.”
Branam had been listening to a local radio station when the raffle was announced and decided to take a chance. He got online and purchased a single ticket. “I almost forgot about that ticket until I got the email that I had one. I had to pinch myself. I just couldn’t believe I had won it.”
He immediately thought about where he would display the nearly three-foot tall costume head. “I wanted to display it in the living room, but my wife doesn’t see the same beauty in it as I do. I mean, Piggly Wiggly is an iconic brand.”
With regard to Autumn Leaves, Branam said, “I have lost a few loved ones to cancer, never pancreatic cancer however.” He praised the work of The Autumn Leaves Project, saying “I am proud to be able to donate to an organization that does things for the greater good.:
The Autumn Leaves Project was founded in 2015 by singer/songwriter/music producer Butch Walker to honor his father, Butch Sr., who died of pancreatic cancer. To learn about The Autumn Leaves Project, visit AutumnLeavesProject.org.