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SOURCE Florida Theatre
Historic concert venue in Jacksonville raises more than $28,000 for 30th Anniversary campaign
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc, a nonprofit corporation in a public/private partnership with the city of Jacksonville, marked the beginning of a year-long 30th Anniversary celebration with a unique fundraising event, "Blues, Brews, & BBQ", on October 1, 2013.
Celebrating 30 years as the finest concert venue in the Southeast and the premiere destination for arts and entertainment on Florida's First Coast, the event raised more than $28,000 for the non-profit organization. Guests enjoyed a fun and festive evening featuring live entertainment by local blues musicians, craft beer, gourmet eats, and a silent auction.
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Many of the city's philanthropic leaders and long-time advocates for the arts were in attendance to honor those civic leaders who led the effort to save the historic theatre more than 30 years ago: Mr. Jeff Dunn, Chairman of the Arts Assembly Board; Mr. E. William Nash, CEO of Prudential and Chair of the Florida Theatre Fundraising Campaign; Ms. Trinita Logue, President of the Arts Assembly; and The Honorable Jake Godbold, Mayor of Jacksonville from 1978 to 1987.
The $4.1 million restoration of the historic 1,900-seat facility began in January of 1983 and continued until October, making it the most ambitious and successful arts project ever undertaken in Jacksonville at the time. The entire Jacksonville community-businesses, government, foundations, civic organizations, and private individuals-generously supported the restoration efforts. Their enduring support has allowed the non-profit Florida Theatre to thrive, ensuring that the non-profit Florida Theatre will continue to play a leading role in the growth and development of Jacksonville's cultural arts community for many years to come.
Additional partners of the 30th Anniversary celebration were local musicians Ben Steadman, Toots Lorraine & The Traffic, and Grandpa's Cough Medicine; Champion Brands, Aardwolf Brewing Company, and Intuition Ale Works; Executive Food Service; First Coast Events; and Destination Planning Corporation.
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About the Florida Theatre: The historic Florida Theatre first opened in 1927, and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is managed and programmed by the Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, in a public/private partnership with the City of Jacksonville, which owns the building. Over 125,000 people a year attend music, dance, theatre, film and arts education programs at the theatre, resulting in an economic impact of over $7 million a year for downtown Jacksonville. For more information visit floridatheatre.com or call 904-355-ARTS.
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