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Training Center Yorktown to unveil Coast Guard USO, family care center

YORKTOWN, Va. – Coast Guard response boats are moored to the pier at Training Center Yorktown Nov. 12, 2011. Training Center Yorktown is one of three training centers in the U.S. where students learn techinical and leadership skills. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn.

YORKTOWN, Va. – The Coast Guard, United Service Organizations and the Armed Forces Families Foundation are scheduled to unveil a new USO Center and family care center at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown Thursday at 10:00 a.m.

The new USO Center will be one of only two located on a Coast Guard base. The center will provide Internet access, television, videogames, food and programming for military personnel, their families and retired veterans.

Additionally, four rooms on base will now collectively serve as a new nursing and family care center. The rooms are split between two buildings on base, and have been equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for nursing mothers. The center will also include a small children’s play and reading area.

“Training Center Yorktown is extremely proud to host a USO Center. This lounge, along with upgrades to additional facilities, will be utilized and appreciated by our 550 permanent military crew, roughly 8,000 students annually, along with family and others who visit,” said Capt. Jay Vann, commanding officer of Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown. “Thank you to the USO and the Armed Forces Families Foundation for providing us with this wonderful support.”

Training Center Yorktown will be the first U.S. military base to offer a state-of-the-art nursing facility for mothers and a fully functioning USO Center on the same installation.

Funding for the new USO center and family care center was made possible by the Armed Forces Families Foundation, a charity organization helping military families throughout the southeast U.S.

AFFF donated a total of $35,933.84 for the purchase of supplies and to pay for the work needed to outfit the new spaces. The funds donated by AFFF were raised within the Hampton Roads community through annual fundraisers held at local Taco Bell and IHOP restaurants.

“We’re honored to provide the funds to help make this project a reality and to partner with the USO to give the service members stationed at Training Center Yorktown a facility that they can enjoy for decades to come,” said John Wright, a member of the board at AFFF. “One of the things that makes this such a special project is that the funds were raised right here in the greater Hampton Roads community through our Taco Bell and IHOP partnering locations.”

The updates to Training Center Yorktown come at a critical time. Since January, the base has received three times the amount of recruits normally stationed at the base, a number that is reportedly expected to increase.

An admiral from the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area Command is scheduled to preside over the grand opening ceremony for the new centers. Other expected attendees include, representatives from the governor’s office, Senator Tim Kaine’s office, local military installations and members of the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia board of supervisors and staff.

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

To date, the Armed Forces Families Foundation has raised and given back more than $1.9 million to benefit military families. Recent projects include:

  • $31,978 for the construction of a event pavilion at the Asheville, N.C. VA hospital
  • $14,994 purchase of 25 new HP ProBook computers and needed materials for Fort Gordon’s Freedom Park School in Georgia
  • $26,282 to upgrade entertainment systems within the USO Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida
  • $46,000 to install a new playground, accessible to over 300 families stationed on MacDill Airforce Base in Tampa, Florida

To learn more about the Armed Forces Families Foundation or to help fund other projects that 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 and IHOP restaurants, are proud Supporters of America’s Armed Forces and their families. The ARMED FORCES FAMILIES FOUNDATION with its Taco Bell and IHOP partners have raised over 1.9 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/

 

PR Firm takes off at Tampa International Airport

Judge OfficeTAMPA, Fla. – As Tampa International Airport nears the end of a $1 billion renovation project, new restaurants and businesses are flocking to the upgraded location.

Judge Public Relations, a national, full-service marketing, video production and public relations firm headquartered in Tampa, Florida is now among those businesses. The company recently moved into office space inside the Marriott Hotel at Tampa International Airport, the firm’s president announced Tuesday.

Office1According to James Judge, president and founder of Judge PR, and a native of Clearwater, Florida, the firm moved to Tampa International Airport with the hopes of offering clients a more central location for meeting and conducting business, while also making it easier to travel to meet with clients and respond to crises. Additionally, the new office space will allow the PR firm to add employees and continue growing.

“Some people look puzzled and are a little caught off-guard when I tell them our office is located at the airport, but after being here for a few months, I can’t think of a more convenient location in the Tampa Bay area,” said Judge. “As our client list has grown, the demand to have more office and meeting space has also grown.”

Since the start of the massive renovation and expansion project, numerous new restaurants and businesses have made the top passenger-rated airport in the U.S. home. Among the new restaurants located at the airport are PF Chang’s, Hard Rock Café, Chick-fil-A, and RumFish Grill. Additionally, Panda Express, Burger 21, and Cigar City Taproom are scheduled to open in the coming months.

Judge Public Relations provides PR, marketing and creative services support for celebrities, musicians, non-profit organizations and many different types of businesses including car dealerships, medical practices, restaurants, legal practices, medical device manufacturers, technology companies and veterinary companies and hospitals.

About Judge Public Relations
Judge Public Relations is a veteran-owned, full-service public relations, marketing, creative services and crowd-funding acceleration firm. The company was founded in 2011 by James Judge, a recognized expert in the field of public and media relations. Judge PR offers companies the quality results of an in-house public relations and marketing team with significant cost advantages. The firm is headquartered in Tampa, Florida, but currently assists clients throughout the United States, Australia and Israel.

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Safety Harbor SongFest: Photos and B-Roll for Media Use

SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. – The fourth annual Safety Harbor SongFest kicked off on Saturday, with musicians and artists providing fans with quite a show. In the photos below, an artist creates art with sidewalk chalk, while The Accidentals, a music group that Yahoo Music called one of the top 10 bands to watch in 2017, performs for the crowd. More than 10,000 people are expected to attend this year’s SongFest. Photos for media use courtesy of Judge Public Relations. Click the thumbnails for Hi-res photos.IMG_5314 IMG_5324 IMG_5342 IMG_5365 IMG_5384

 

 

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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Bomnin Chevrolet to give away Camaro for Live Like Bella® Foundation raffle

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MIAMI – Bomnin Chevrolet in Miami has donated a new, 2017 Chevrolet Camaro for a raffle this Saturday, which will benefit the Live Like Bella® foundation.

The Camaro will be raffled off during Live Like Bella’s 3rd Annual Superhero 5k Run/Walk at Zoo Miami. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the event or online by visiting http://livelikebella.org/events/superhero-5k-runwalk/.

“Giving back to the community is an extremely important initiative we continually practice at Bomnin Chevrolet,” said Arnaldo Bomnin, owner of Bomnin Chevrolet. “We wish the Live Like Bella® Foundation success in their efforts to find a cure for pediatric cancer, and we are thankful that we have been blessed with the ability to be able to do things like this for such a good cause.”

Since 2014, Bomnin Chevrolet has donated more than $100,000 to the Live Like Bella® foundation.

“We are extremely honored and grateful to count on the support of Bomnin Chevrolet and many others,” said Raymond Rodriguez-Torres, founder of the Live Like Bella® foundation. “Thanks to this amazing generosity we feel strongly that we are moving closer to the day childhood cancer becomes a treatable and curable disease. May god bless the Bomnin family and everyone at Bomnin Chevrolet.”

Live Like Bella® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for pediatric cancer.

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Bomnin Chevrolet

One hundred percent of the proceeds raised will benefit the Live Like Bella® Foundation. The winner does not need to be present to win.

Bomnin Chevrolet is located at 8455 South Dixie Highway in Miami, Florida on U.S. 1 next to Dadeland Mall, and Bomnin Chevrolet West Kendall is located at 11701 SW 152nd Street next to Florida Turnpike exit 16 near Zoo Miami.

About Bomnin Chevrolet

Bomnin Chevrolet was founded in 2010 by Arnaldo Bomnin, a Cuban immigrant who escaped the communist nation in 1996. The dealership has grown from selling an average of 70 cars a month to selling more than 900 new and used cars per month. Bomnin Chevrolet was named Chevrolet Dealer of the Year for 2014, 2015 and 2016. The Dealer of the Year award is given to less than one percent of GM dealers across the nation and is based on their commitment to excellence through sales, service and customer satisfaction. Bomnin Chevrolet has also been awarded the Five Star Dealer Award by Edmunds.com in 2015 and 2016.

For more information about Bomnin Chevrolet, visit: bomninchevrolet.com.

 

2017 Grammy award winner heads to Safety Harbor SongFest

SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. – The 2017 Grammy award winner for best contemporary blues album, Fantastic Negrito, is scheduled to headline day one of Safety Harbor SongFest on Apr. 1.

The fourth annual Safety Harbor SongFest is scheduled to be held Apr. 1-2 and is hosted by The Safety Harbor Art and Music Center (SHAMc).

On Friday, SHAMc announced a lineup of 20 nationally acclaimed musical acts for the festival, which also include national recording artists, Rising Appalachia, The Wood Brothers, Charlie Mars, Kina Grannis, Daphne Willis, Joe Craven, The Mulligan Brothers, Emily Kopp, The Accidentals, Birds of Chicago, Dan Rodriguez, Davin McCoy, Caravan of Thieves, Kristian Diable, Victor and Penny, Trevor Green, and Chasing Lovely. 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.Fantastic Negrito

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/.

“We can’t wait to welcome Fantastic Negrito along with the other talented musicians coming to this year’s SongFest,” 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 this year’s lineup is incredible.”

Performances will be enjoyed at two stage areas on both days, from 11 a.m. to 8 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.

For more information on Safety Harbor SongFest and Safety Harbor Art and Music Center or to purchase tickets for the 2017 Safety Harbor SongFest, please visit www.safetyharborartandmusiccenter.com/.

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 fine art, visual arts, and performing arts. Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda (no last name) wanted to create a community arts center for many years. SHAMc is currently under construction in downtown Safety Harbor and is quickly becoming a 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 announces nationally acclaimed artist lineup

SAFETY HARBOR, Fla. – The Safety Harbor Art and Music Center (SHAMc), announced Friday, a lineup of 20 nationally acclaimed musical acts, scheduled to perform at the fourth annual Safety Harbor Song Fest on Apr. 1-2.

The festival’s confirmed lineup includes national recording artists, Magic Giant, Grammy award winner Fantastic Negrito, Rising Appalachia, The Wood Brothers, Charlie Mars, Kina Grannis, Daphne Willis, Joe Craven, The Mulligan Brothers, Emily Kopp, The Accidentals, Birds of Chicago, Dan Rodriguez, Davin McCoy, Caravan of Thieves, Kristin Diable, Victor and Penny, Trevor Green, and Chasing Lovely. 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/.

Fantastic Negrito poses backstage with the award for best contemporary blues album

Fantastic Negrito poses backstage with the award for best contemporary blues album for “The Last Days of Oakland” at the 59th annual Grammy Awards

“We’re thrilled to once again celebrate music, poetry, and performing and visual arts with this festival for our community, as well as those folks who come to Safety Harbor from all over the country,” said Kiaralinda, SHAMc co-founder and festival organizer. “One hundred percent of the profits raised from SongFest will go back to music and art programs at the newly opened Safety Harbor Art and Music Center, making it a festival that keeps on giving back to the community throughout the year.”

Performances will be enjoyed at two stage areas on both days, from 11 a.m. to 8 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.

For more information on Safety Harbor Song Fest and Safety Harbor Art and Music Center or to purchase tickets for the 2017 Safety Harbor SongFest, visit www.safetyharborartandmusiccenter.com/.

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 fine art, visual arts, and performing arts. Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda (no last name) wanted to create a community arts center for many years. SHAMc is currently under construction in downtown Safety Harbor and is quickly becoming a landmark. Founders Ramquist and Kiaralinda are both local artists who are globally renowned for their art house, Whimzeyland.

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