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Realize Bradenton will meet 'Giving Challenge' May 6-7

BRADENTON -- Mark Wright, Bradenton-based songwriter and musician, has penned these lyrics for Realize Bradenton's latest promotional campaign developed for the 2014 Giving Challenge, an online fundraising event benefiting approximately 400 nonprofits from noon May 6 to noon May 7. Donors can make their pledges at by searching "Realize Bradenton."

"We're thrilled to participate in this year's Giving Challenge," said Johnette Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton "This year, it means more than ever because of a very special matching gift offered to us by FELD Entertainment, which will match dollar for dollar every donation to Realize Bradenton up to $5,000."

Proceeds will be used for "Fresh Music" at the Del Couch Music Education Foundation, a nonprofit designed to provide the area's emerging artists opportunities to create and record music, and learn the business of the music industry. The foundation provides internships through local high schools, which give participants hands-on experience in the music business.

Sam Woolf, one of the final five contestants in the "American Idol" television show, is a student of Del Couch and has performed at various Realize Bradenton Music events.

"The Fresh Music program will introduce new and emerging musicians through Realize Bradenton's live music events, including Music in the Park, Farmers' Market, Pickin' Picnic, Music and Movies, ArtSlam, and other Realize Bradenton events," says Isham.

Post videos on Realize Bradenton's Facebook page at

Information: Morgan Bettes at 920-216-7833 or visit Realize Bradenton's Facebook page.

Cinco de Mayo Taste coming to McKechnie on Sunday

BRADENTON -- The Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce is bringing this year's Cinco de Mayo and Taste of Latin America Festival to McKechnie Field next Sunday.

The annual Latin Chamber event, previously held in downtown Sarasota, draws between 5,000 and 12,000 attendees annually with food from vendors, musical and dance performances, children's games and goodies from area businesses.

Each attendee can register for free at the Marauders booth inside the event and receive a free ticket to the Marauders Latin Heritage Day game May 25.

Information: Fatima Soriano, 941-358-7065 office 941-580-2169 cell or

-- Herald staff reports

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