Jax Beach Festivals and Community First Credit Union today announced a new partnership and new music project for Jacksonville Beach – a music festival that will feature “all things local.” The inaugural Community First Seawalk Music Festival will take place June 14-15 at the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach. In support of the growth and development of the festival, Community First has signed a three-year commitment as title sponsor.
“The Community First Seawalk Music Festival will showcase our rich local resources – local artists, food, crew and volunteers,” said Amy Galbreath, producer with Jax Beach Festivals. “As we prepared this spring for the Great Atlantic Music Festival and George’s Music Springing the Blues Festival, many musicians and vendors in the community told us they wanted an opportunity to take part in a local festival. The Community First Seawalk Music Festival gives them the spotlight.”
The two-day festival begins Friday, June 14, at 5 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m. On Saturday, June 15, the music begins at noon and plays until 10 p.m.
“Community First is committed to partnering with local organizations to offer Northeast Florida residents family friendly activities that promote a healthy community,” said John Hirabayashi, CEO of Community First Credit Union. “The festival’s emphasis on all things local is a great way to celebrate area talent and support the local economy, while providing an affordable entertainment option for families to enjoy together.”
Although many event details are still underway, Galbreath and team (including Sam Veal, Executive Producer for Jax Beach Festivals) have designated the festival’s first night as a “Fireworks for All” Fundraiser.
“Last year, Jacksonville Beach cancelled its July 4th fireworks and next year’s fireworks are in jeopardy if the city doesn’t find the revenue for them,” said Galbreath. “We want to ensure families in the Jacksonville area can enjoy this favorite summer tradition, so Friday is our ‘Fireworks for All’ Fundraiser. We’re donating a portion of beverage sales from Friday, June 14 to the City of Jacksonville Beach fireworks fund.” According to the city, the annual fireworks display is its most expensive special event, with a price tag of about $25,000 (about $1000 a minute).
In addition, there are other great ways to support the Fireworks Fund. Galbreath also has enlisted members of the Beaches Hospitality Network to go door-to-door in beaches neighborhoods promoting the event and asking for pledges to the fund. The city of Jacksonville Beach is also accepting donations online at www.jacksonvillebeach.org/residents/news/donations-being-accepted-fireworks-display.
The festival will launch a website and Facebook page in the coming days. Visit www.jaxbeachfestivals.com for updates.
Jax Beach Festivals produces festivals and special events at the oceanfront Seawalk Pavilion, including the Great Atlantic Music Festival and George’s Music Springing the Blues Festival. For more information about Jax Beach Festivals, please visit http://www.jaxbeachfestivals.com.
Community First Credit Union of Florida is a state-chartered credit union based in Jacksonville serving anyone who lives or works on the First Coast. Community First is one of the 10 largest credit unions in the state, serving more than 105,000 members and with assets exceeding $1 billion. Community First has 16 locations and about 300 employees. A not-for-profit, Community First is a full-service financial institution offering banking, loans, mortgages and investments for consumers and businesses throughout the First Coast. For more information about Community First, visit www.CommunityFirstFL.org, call (904) 354-8537 or (800)342-8416.