Planners extend an open invitation to area non-profits and performance groups
(Lakewood Ranch, Florida) – Plans are in the works for the sixth annual Ovation, a Lakewood Ranch festival that celebrates the region’s cultural assets with free live performances. Event organizers are extending an open invitation to area non-profits and performance groups who wish to participate in this popular festival.
Ovation will be held Saturday, February 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Main Street in downtown Lakewood Ranch. Drawing on the success of last year’s event, the festival will once again showcase performances from a variety of local school groups, musicians, dancers, chorus groups, drama teams and more. Now is the time for such groups to submit an application to participate in this year’s festival. Applications are available online at www.lwrevents.com or at the SMR Headquarters office at 14400 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202. The application deadline is January 17, 2013.
Event sponsorships are also still available. Ovation is the only event of its kind in Southwest Florida and draws attendees from the Tampa Bay area as well as points south towards Naples and Fort Myers. Officials estimate that 3,000 people turned out for the 2012 festival, and they are expecting to exceed that number this year. Ovation was founded by and is supported by LWR Communities LLC.
As a community-wide celebration of cultural arts, Ovation is a free event, both for attendees and
participants. There are no parking or admission fees, and all the shops and restaurants along Main Street will be open. There is no charge for non-profit groups to participate in the event, and each will receive a designated table where they can advertise upcoming seasons, sell tickets for future events, and recruit new members and patrons.
Highlights from last year’s festival included two performance stages with entertainment provided by the Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Opera, Manatee Players, Lakewood Ranch High School Silver Stars dance team, Florida Studio Theatre, The Players, Sarasota Dance Academy, and many more.
For more information about sponsorships or participating in Ovation, visit lakewoodranch.com. or call Rachel Gray at 941.757.1548 or Linda Gross at 941.907.9507.
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