NORTH NAPLES — St. Patty’s Day 2012 has brought to the Collier community a new treat and opportunity for the patrons, Bluegrass music lovers, and charitable of heart. The day marked the first presentation of the St. Patty’s Day Charity Music Festival and Blood Drive.
It was held at Shoppes at Vanderbilt on the NW corner of Vanderbilt Beach Road and Airport Pulling. The event was held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and featured music by area Bluegrass and country bands and raffles for items donated by many of the area businesses.
It was presented free to the public with all funds raised donated to Community Blood Center. Blood donations were also welcomed and sought by the patrons on hand. Many answered the call and gave generously, within the first hour and a half of the event a total of 20 donors had signed up to give. The flow of donors continued throughout the event.
The Festival was the collaboration by Community Blood Center, Shoppes at Vanderbilt and Russ Morrison Bluegrass music promoter. The event also marked the first multiple music band presentation effort for the Shoppes of Vanderbilt. Lawn chairs and plenty of refreshments were on hand for those who attended the event.
When asked if it might become an annual event of the Shoppes the response was hopeful that it could be.
The event featured the performers Andy Wahlberg, The Bean Pickers and Karan Batten, and Little Eddie and The Reverend; they played country, Bluegrass and a little blues for those in attendance. There were also many raffle items put up for display with modest ticket prices and plenty of chance takers for the day.
Also on the plaza were many of the Vanderbilt businesses and other non-profit charitable causes.
For more information on events at Vanderbilt contact the Shoppes of Vanderbilt plaza, and for information on blood donations contact Community Blood Center. 239-436-5455.