A limited-edition poster created by Mary GrandPré was unveiled at the event, which included a performance by acclaimed guitarist Steve Arvey and vocalist Rebecca Bird. At the event, Dave Maraman, Florida president, BMO Harris Bank, presented Johnette Isham of Realize Bradenton with a check for $15,000.
(Bradenton, FL) A limited-edition poster created by Mary GrandPré exclusively for Realize Bradenton and the Bradenton Blues Festival was unveiled at the Bradenton Blues Festival’s VIP sponsor party on Saturday, September 22, 2012, at the historic Jennings Arcade in downtown Bradenton. More than 200 people attended the event, which was co-hosted by BMO Harris Bank and Gulfshore Media, two of the festival’s major sponsors. Acclaimed blues musician Steve Arvey and vocalist Rebecca Bird played the blues long into the evening. The catering was provided by O’bricks Grill. The Bradenton Blues Festival is December 1, 2012, at the redesigned Riverwalk, along the Manatee River in downtown Bradenton. (See attached press release.)
Mary GrandPré’s editorial work and children’s book illustrations have received national recognition. She was featured on the cover of Time magazine for her illustrations for the acclaimed “Harry Potter” book series. “The Bradenton Blues Festival and its music outreach programs are inspired ways to educate young people about the importance of music. I’m really excited that I can contribute to this important effort,” says GrandPré.
“Mary’s big heart for the blues and for youth causes motivated her to donate this unique artwork to the Bradenton Blues Festival,” says Johnette Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton, the organization presenting the festival. “We’re so grateful to her and to designer Paula Murray who created the final poster. We’re also very grateful to BMO | Harris Bank + Gulfshore Media, both of whom co-hosted this VIP event and are sponsoring the festival, along with 50 other sponsors. We invite all of you to come to the Bradenton Blues Festival on December 1!” Posters signed by the artist are available for $50 to support Realize Bradenton’s youth and music programs. To inquire email johnette@RealizeBradenton.com.
At the event, Dave Maraman, Florida president, BMO Harris Bank, presented Isham with a check for $15,000. “As a bank, we have a special responsibility to help businesses and communities grow,” said Maraman. “Assisting Realize Bradenton in the redevelopment of the Riverfront business area provides us an opportunity to help support a strong downtown community. That turns into a win-win for everyone.”
For tickets and general information about the 2012 Bradenton Blues Festival, visit www.BradentonBluesFestival.org.
About Realize Bradenton
Realize Bradenton is a non-profit organization that builds community and promotes economic development through collaborative events, strategic partnerships, and interactive strategies. We help make downtown Bradenton one of the best riverfront communities in the country. For more information, visit: www.RealizeBradenton.com.