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St. Patrick's Day Charity Music Festival 2012

Bean Pickers singer and fiddler during the St. Patty's Day Music Festival and Blood Drive. Photo / Darryl A. Wells

Bean Pickers singer and fiddler during the St. Patty's Day Music Festival and Blood Drive. Photo / Darryl A. Wells

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  • Little Eddie and The Reverend closed out the day to an appreciative crowd of Bluegrass and Country music lovers, who had a treat from the day's events and give a gift of life. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • Bean Pickers singer and fiddler during the St. Patty's Day Music Festival and Blood Drive. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • Event coordinator Jasmin Mann gave out thanks and appreciation for the first Music Festival event put on by the center, which was promised not to be the last. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • Andy Walberg brought his unique instrument and Bluegrass styled music as opener for the event. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • The second act appearing at the St. Patty's Day Music and Blood Drive Festival was The Bean Pickers and Karen Battan. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • Golden Retriever Rescue was a popular spot for man and beast during the festival, shade and treats were welcomed. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • There was no shortage of donators for the blood drive, patrons maintained a constant flow throughout the event. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • The concert event featured mnay of the Vanderbilt Shops businesses out on the plaza. All proceeds from the event which was held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. will go towards the Community Blood Bank Program. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • In between music acts Milo Westberry got a chance to have a look and touch at one of the guitars of the band The Bean Pickers. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • These two young visitors got a chance to do some art work at the House of Gaia Community Learning Center, a program of educational, cultural and personal development. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • Art work from students of the Collier School District were on display, with the theme of Charity and giving to highlight the festival purpose. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • Raffle items on display covered services, food and fun as well as practical and artistic venues. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • Many gifts were donated for the raffles table featuring item from area contributors such as Shoe Mart, Bokampers Sports Bar, Pei Wei Asian Diner, Joey D's and many others. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • The Community Blood Center was the benefactor of the St. Patrick's day Festival, the mibile blood donor unit was on hand to welcome patrons. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • The Blood mobile was busy and had donators waiting in line to give the gift of life, so important for the community. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • Donator Bruce Barron smiles as he gets ready for the hookup to give happily, Mrs. Barron also donated at the seat just behind her companion. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • MaryAnne Ruppert is a regular donor and welcomed the opportunity to give and be a part of the worthy cause. Photo / Darryl A. Wells
  • Donor Ruppert and Sylvan Learning Center instructor says she gives several times a year, it is reported that one donation can save as many as three lives. Photo / Darryl A. Wells

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.

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