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The Florida Theatre Kicks Off Year-Long 30th Anniversary Celebration With Blues, Brews, And BBQ, Presented By St. John & Partners

Historic concert venue in Jacksonville raises more than $28,000 for 30 th Anniversary campaign

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc., a nonprofit corporation in a public/private partnership with the city of Jacksonville, marked the beginning of a year-long 30 th Anniversary celebration with a unique fundraising event, "Blues, Brews, & BBQ," on October 1, 2013. 

St. John & Partners was the presenting sponsor for the event. Additional partners of the 30th Anniversary celebration were the Florida Times-Union; Champion Brands, Aardwolf Brewing Company, and Intuition Ale Works; Mojo No. 4; and Cecil W. Powell & Company.

Celebrating 30 years as the finest concert venue in the Southeast and the premiere destination for arts and entertainment on Florida's First Coast, event raised more than $28,000 for the non-profit organization. Guests enjoyed a fun and festive evening featuring live entertainment by local blues musicians, craft beer, gourmet eats, and a silent auction.

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Many of the city's philanthropic leaders and long-time advocates for the arts were in attendance to honor those civic leaders who led the effort to save the historic theatre more than 30 years ago: Mr. Jeff Dunn, Chairman of the Arts Assembly Board; Mr. E. William Nash, CEO of Prudential and Chair of the Florida Theatre Fundraising Campaign; Ms. Trinita Logue, President of the Arts Assembly; and The Honorable Jake Godbold, Mayor of Jacksonville from 1978 to 1987.

The $4.1 million restoration of the historic 1,900-seat facility began in January of 1983 and continued until October, making it the most ambitious and successful arts project ever undertaken in Jacksonville at the time. The entire Jacksonville community—businesses, government, foundations, civic organizations, and private individuals—generously supported the restoration efforts. Their enduring support has allowed the non-profit Florida Theatre to thrive, ensuring that the non-profit Florida Theatre will continue to play a leading role in the growth and development of Jacksonville's cultural arts community for many years to come.

About the Florida Theatre: The historic Florida Theatre first opened in 1927, and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is managed and programmed by the Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, in a public/private partnership with the City of Jacksonville, which owns the building. Over 125,000 people a year attend music, dance, theatre, film and arts education programs at the theatre, resulting in an economic impact of over $7 million a year for downtown Jacksonville. For more information visit or call 904-355-ARTS.

About St. John & Partners: Results-driven full-service advertising and public relations agency located in Jacksonville, FL, with offices in Tallahassee, FL, and Greenville, SC. Expertise includes consumer insights, advertising creative, digital marketing, media services and more. SJ&P helps clients face key challenges to reach their growth potential, extraordinarily improving brands, consumer behaviors and the bottom lines. Clients include Zaxby's, Florida Lottery, Winn-Dixie and the American Health Care Association. For more information, visit

Contact: Vincent Iaropoli at 904-355-5983 or

SOURCE Florida Theatre

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