MIAMI, FL – (March 20, 2012) – PhilanthroFest, the first of its kind outdoor festival showcasing South Florida’s philanthropic organizations, community resources and cultural arts, will take place Saturday, April 14 from noon to 6 p.m. at Midtown Miami’s Greenspace (110 NE 36 Street, Miami, FL 33137).
During the free, large-scale community event, South Florida residents of all ages will have the opportunity to learn about more than 75 philanthropic organizations and resources in a family-friendly atmosphere while enjoying musical performances, local artwork, delicious food and live entertainment.
PhilanthroFest was created with the goal of increasing volunteerism, community engagement and donor investment throughout South Florida. By engaging community partners, PhilanthroFest will deliver a sustainable annual event that helps educate and support South Florida organizations and the community overall.
“In these difficult times, when the federal government is cutting funds for social programs funded by local governments, we have to turn to the community for support,” said City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado. “PhilanthroFest 2012 showcases this support.”
In addition to support from City of Miami Mayor Regalado and Miami-Dade County Mayor Gimenez, PhilanthroFest has the support of many notable community leaders and organizations including The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Miami Foundation, The City of Miami Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), Catalyst Miami and many others.
The outdoor event is the brainchild of Life Is Art and Miami Crawls, which share years of event production, volunteer management, fundraising and marketing experience.
“PhilanthroFest is something we’ve been dreaming about doing for some time now,” said James Echols, co-founder of Life Is Art and PhilanthroFest; owner of Soul of Miami. “Through Life Is Art and Soul of Miami we have had the opportunity to meet the numerous philanthropic organizations that do phenomenal work throughout the local community and beyond. Bringing all of these groups together for one annual event provides an ideal platform to engage the community, while helping the organizations recruit new volunteers and donors.”