Proud Blues Festival Committee Members hand a $5,000 check to this year's Festival beneficiary Baptist Medical Center Nassau
Not only was the first Amelia Island Blues Festival a success in terms of talent and organization – not one complaint was filed -, it also turned out to be a modest financial success after all the numbers were in. As a result The Festival Committee proudly presented a $5,000 check to the Baptist Medical Center Nassau on October 5, with enough left to serve as initial seed funding to announce a 3 day Festival for 2012.
Recipient of the check was outgoing Hospital President Jim Mayo (2nd from left), who after 17 years of serving in this position, is handing his duties and responsibilities coming December to incoming president Stephen Lee (3rd from left).
Featured in the picture from left to right are Police Chief Jim Hurley (Blues Society), Police Detective Marty Scott (Boardmember), Baptist Auxiliary President Stephanie Manwell, Rock Tenn Sponsor representative Tom Keenan, Blues Board Vice President Mike Zaffaroni (Fast Signs), Board President Jeff Malone (Hampton Inn at the Beach), Board Treasurer/Secretary Susan Hurley (Amelia Hotel at the Beach) and SearchAmelia.com Publisher Boardmember/Webmaster Johan (Han) Ramakers.
Potential nominations for next year’s Festival beneficiaries are still in early stages but should also include Blues in School programs and instrument donations. The Blues Festival is a Florida 501 (c)3 not for profit corporation, and donates its profits to local and blues related charities. The board thanks all the sponsors, volunteers, performers and blues fans who came out and made the 1st Amelia Island Blues Festival a success. Anyone wanting to stay informed on the development for next year’s festival should subscribe to the Amelia Island Blues Festival website and SearchAmelia.com for latest updates.
Picture by: Wilma Allen, Community Relations Specialist Baptist Nassau