Charity provides 25 new computers to Fort Gordon school

IMG_7238FORT GORDON, Ga. – The Armed Forces Families Foundation, a charity organization helping military families in the southeast U.S., presented Fort Gordon’s Freedom Park School with a check for $14,994 on Wednesday morning.

The majority of the funds donated by AFFF were raised within the Augusta community in conjunction with local Taco Bell restaurants, and has already allowed the school to expand access to new technology within its classrooms. The funds were allocated to cover the recent purchase of 25 new HP ProBook computers, licensing software, hardware support and one LocknCharge computer cart.

Freedom Park School is located on-base at Fort Gordon and has over 700 Pre-K-8th grade students enrolled, with a vast majority of students coming from military families. The new computers supplement the limited number of classroom computers previously available and are allowing students to learn valuable computer skills, work on school projects, homework, standardized testing and other curriculum needs.

AFFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides 100 percent of the funds raised back to projects to help military families.

IMG_7280“We’re very excited to help with the purchase of new laptops for Freedom Park School. Having the proper tools in each classroom makes it easier for both teachers and students, and we know these laptops are being put to good use,” said John Wright, a member of the board at AFFF. “At Armed Forces Families Foundation, 100 percent of donations raised go back to the community where they were raised.”

To date, the Armed Forces Families Foundation has raised and given back more than $1.7 million to benefit military families. Recent projects include:

  • $26,282 to upgrade entertainment systems within the USO Naval Air Station Pensacola
  • $46,000 to install a new playground, accessible to over 300 families stationed on MacDill Airforce Base
  • $55,000 to refresh and renovate the USOs at Nashville International Airport and Fort Campbell
  • $40,000 renovation of the six-lane bowling alley at the Charlotte N.C. VA medical Center

To learn more about the Armed Forces Families Foundation or help fund other projects to help military members and their families, please visit www.armedforcesfamilies.org/.

About Armed Forces Families Foundation:

The Armed Forces Families Foundation (AFFF), together with participating Taco Bell restaurants, are proud Supporters of America’s Armed Forces and their families. The ARMED FORCES FAMILIES FOUNDATION with its Taco Bell partners have raised over 1.7 MILLION DOLLARS. 100% of every dollar raised goes toward projects to help those who protect our Freedom. For more information, please visit http://www.armedforcesfamilies.org/

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Grammy winning artist to perform at Safety Harbor SongFest

TAMPA, Fla. –Fantastic Negrito, winner of the 2017 Grammy award for best contemporary blues album, is scheduled to headline day one of Safety Harbor SongFest on Saturday, April 1st.

Album Cover- Last days in oaklandFantastic Negrito earned critical acclaim for his infectious 13 song studio album, “The Last Days of Oakland”, which features heavy slide guitar sounds fused lyrical perspective on life, society and love. Self described as “Blues with a punk attitude”, Fantastic Negrito channels his unique narrative into his work, experiences that include selling drugs to make ends meet, sneaking into University of California Berkeley classrooms to learn music and recovering from a three week long coma after a severe accident.

“Fantastic Negrito’s music and his life are an inspiration,” said Kiaralinda, SHAMc co-founder and festival organizer, “Our goal is to provide our community with the opportunity to experience new and upcoming artists and Fantastic Negrito shines bright among many gems in this year’s line-up.”

Spectacular music is not all that’s on tap at Safety Harbor SongFest. Attendees will be treated to culinary delights, art demonstrations, and other wonders to keep them amazed and amused.

The festival’s confirmed musical lineup consists of national recording artists, including Grammy award winner Fantastic Negrito, The Wood Brothers, Rising Appalachia, Magic Giant, Charlie Mars, Kina Grannis, Daphne Willis, Joe Craven, The Mulligan Brothers, Emily Kopp, The Accidentals, Birds of Chicago, Dan Rodriguez, Davin McCoy, Fuzz and Carrie of Caravan of Thieves, Kristin Diable, Victor and Penny, Trevor Green, Chasing Lovely and local musicians Urban Gypsies of Florida, Joshua Reilly, Tim Hutchinson, and Alex Wald. This year’s artists draw inspiration from a wide range of musical genres, including blues, indie alternative, folk, bluegrass, country, jazz, pop, world beat and more. Additionally, award-winning Canadian spoken word artist, Shane Koyczan, is scheduled to perform on stage throughout the weekend.

Tickets are on sale now for the two-day event, which takes place on the town’s picturesque waterfront park located next to the Safety Harbor marina and pier. Members of the public interested in purchasing tickets can do so by visiting www.safetyharborartandmusiccenter.com/.

Performances will be enjoyed at two stage areas on both days, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Musicians will also perform at local venues in downtown Safety Harbor throughout the weekend.

About Safety Harbor Music and Art Center and Safety Harbor Song Fest
SHAMc is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote the arts. Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda (no last name) created this art and music center to benefit their community. SHAMc is located in downtown Safety Harbor and is quickly becoming a popular landmark. Founders Ramquist and Kiaralinda are both local artists who are globally renowned for their art house, Whimzeyland.

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Rising music group Magic Giant to headline Tampa festival

SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. – Weeks after performing for massive crowds at SXSW and their breakout hit “Set on Fire” rising to number four on Spotify’s US Viral 50 chart, Los Angeles music group, Magic Giant, will headline Safety Harbor SongFest on Apr. 2.

Magic Giant, which has been compared to artists like SafetyHSFMumford & Sons and The Lumineers, has experienced a surge in popularity with their infectious sing-along folk sound and communal live experiences. The group has been critically acclaimed for blending traditional folk instruments like banjo, fiddle and harmonica with dance rhythms.

“Magic Giant performances are a joyful experience,” said Kiaralinda, SHAMc co-founder and festival organizer, “the combination of their music, the gorgeous waterfront location and the other amazing acts will make this year’s SongFest one to remember.”

Spectacular music is not all that’s on tap at Safety Harbor SongFest. Attendees will be treated to culinary delights, art demonstrations, as well as other visual wonders to keep them amazed and amused.

The festival’s confirmed musical lineup consists of national recording artists, including Grammy award winner Fantastic Negrito, The Wood Brothers, Rising Appalachia, Magic Giant, Charlie Mars, Kina Grannis, Daphne Willis, Joe Craven, The Mulligan Brothers, Emily Kopp, The Accidentals, Birds of Chicago, Dan Rodriguez, Davin McCoy, Fuzz and Carrie of Caravan of Thieves, Kristin Diable, Victor and Penny, Trevor Green, Chasing Lovely and local musicians Urban Gypsies of Florida, Joshua Reilly, Tim Hutchinson, and Alex Wald. This year’s artists draw inspiration from a wide range of musical genres, including blues, indie alternative, folk, bluegrass, country, jazz, pop, world beat and more. Additionally, award-winning Canadian spoken word artist, Shane Koyczan, is scheduled to perform on stage throughout the weekend.

Tickets are on sale now for the two-day event, which takes place on the town’s picturesque waterfront park located next to the Safety Harbor marina and pier. Members of the public interested in purchasing tickets can do so by visiting www.safetyharborartandmusiccenter.com/.

Performances will be enjoyed at two stage areas on both days, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Musicians will also perform at local venues in downtown Safety Harbor throughout the weekend.

About Safety Harbor Music and Art Center and Safety Harbor Song Fest
SHAMc is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote education in the arts. Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda (no last name) created this art and music center to benefit their community. SHAMc is located in downtown Safety Harbor and is quickly becoming a popular landmark. Founders Ramquist and Kiaralinda are both local artists who are globally renowned for their art house, Whimzeyland.

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Safety Harbor SongFest to feature more than music at 2017 concert

SafetyHSFSAFETY HARBOR, Fla. – Safety Harbor SongFest is scheduled to host a spectacular lineup of musicians across two stages for their annual bayside concert on April 1 – 2, and announced today the addition of an eclectic variety of non-musical attractions.

Attendees will be treated to culinary delights, live art demonstrations, interactive entertainment, as well as other visual wonders to keep them amazed and amused during the two day event.

“We’re thrilled to once again celebrate music, as well as poetry, and performing and visual arts with this festival,” said Kiaralinda, SHAMc co-founder and festival organizer. “This year’s event will have the finest food trucks, a wine/art lounge, craft beer, circus performers, hoola hoop and bubble ball interactive fun, henna tattoos, face painting, live art demonstrations, interactive poetry with Bluebird bus, kite demonstrations, and the Nomad Art Bus that invites attendees to paint it. Our goal is for people to be immersed in all types of art and music throughout the weekend.”

paint SongFestThe festival’s confirmed musical lineup consists of national recording artists, including Grammy award winner Fantastic Negrito, The Wood Brothers, Rising Appalachia, Magic Giant, Charlie Mars, Kina Grannis, Daphne Willis, Joe Craven, The Mulligan Brothers, Emily Kopp, The Accidentals, Birds of Chicago, Dan Rodriguez, Davin McCoy, Fuzz and Carrie of Caravan of Thieves, Kristin Diable, Victor and Penny, Trevor Green, Chasing Lovely and local musicians Urban Gypsies of Florida, Joshua Reilly, Tim Hutchinson, and Alex Wald. This year’s artists draw inspiration from a wide range of musical genres, including blues, indie alternative, folk, bluegrass, country, jazz, pop, world beat and more. Additionally, award-winning Canadian spoken word artist, Shane Koyczan, is scheduled to perform on stage throughout the weekend.

Tickets are on sale now for the two-day event, which takes place on the town’s picturesque waterfront park located next to the Safety Harbor marina and pier. Members of the public interested in purchasing tickets can do so by visiting www.safetyharborartandmusiccenter.com/.

Performances can be enjoyed at two stage areas on both days, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Musicians will also perform at local venues in downtown Safety Harbor throughout the weekend.

About Safety Harbor Music and Art Center and Safety Harbor Song Fest
SHAMc is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote education in fine art, visual arts, and performing arts. Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda (no last name) created this art and music center to benefit their community. SHAMc is located in downtown Safety Harbor and is quickly becoming a popular landmark. Founders Ramquist and Kiaralinda are both local artists who are globally renowned for their art house, Whimzeyland.

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