Ten years ago, Rotarian Stan Niemczyk asked his club if they would support a festival type fundraiser. They listened and agreed, and soon the Noontime Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club joined in with his Sunrise Rotary Club. Over the years, the festival has grown in popularity and is now relied on for great music, food, shopping and fun.
“Last year was a blockbuster year,” said Dianna Dohm, who is on the Food and Music Festival board of directors with Stan. “Our numbers and attendance this year were on par with last year.” According to Stan, it is the proper mix of a good menu with quality food, a great entertainment line-up, something for the kids, and a combined effort of an army of volunteers that make this annual festival a signature Marco Island event. “Each year we get together to discuss what improvements we can make and each year we get a little better than the year before.” Thousands of people poured through the gates, soaked up the sun and good sounds. Headliners included the Ben Allen Band, the Manipulators, Almost Abba and Deb and the Dynamics. The weather couldn’t have been better for the three-day festival. Of the money raised, 100% goes to the philanthropic efforts of the three service clubs on island.
Thanks to the sponsors of the 10th Annual Food and Music Festival including Seminole Casino, Physicians Regional Healthcare System, Seigel Dental, First Florida Integrity Bank, Condee Cooling and Electric and Celebrity Cruises, as well as Winn Dixie and Waste Management, among others. A number of charities and organizations will benefit from their support.
Planning for the 11th Annual Food and Music Festival has already begun…
Food & Music Fest Proceeds Help Support:
Educational scholarships, Meals of Hope, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Project Help and Hope, NCH Pediatric Hospital, Gift of Life, Grace Place, Collier County Teen Court, Reading is Fundamental, Lely High School, Marco Island Academy, Tommie Barfield Elementary and Marco Island Charter Middle School, American Cancer Society, YMCA, St. Matthews, Habitat for Humanity,
and many more