Seminole organizes Jimmy Buffet Tribute for the first Friday | Seminole

SEMINOLE – It can be difficult for a town that doesn’t have a dedicated downtown district to thrive and generate revenue.

Luckily for the town of Seminole, that is not the case. And that’s in part due in recent years to the success of monthly First Friday events, hosted by the Seminole City Center, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Seminole Lake.

Each event, held on the first Friday of every month from February through November, includes a musical number, downtown merchants, food vendors, raffles, and a wine and beer garden hosted by the Rotary Club of Lake Seminole . Launched four months ago, event attendees have averaged between 2,500 and 3,000, according to event coordinator Gerry Cachia.

“I think the significance of those numbers is that they were both during the COVID years,” Cachia said. “Without the support of the Seminole City Center, which really helped us, we wouldn’t have done any of this.”

In terms of revenue generated, including money raised for the club’s annual Red Sled initiative, Cachia said $45,000 was raised in 2020 and a record $58,000 last year. With around $16,000 already raised this year, Cachia said it looks like the best year yet.

“It has to be,” he said, adding that by the end of the season in November, nearly $25,000 will be raised.

The majority of funds are used to provide Christmas gifts to foster children in Pinellas County.

Events to come

The next First Friday event, scheduled for June 3, will feature a fan-favorite Jimmy Buffet tribute show, with the Caribbean Chillers on stage from 6-9 p.m.

The action will take place on the main street in the center, in front of the Studio Movie Grill.

In July, the First Friday event, taking place on July 1, will feature Angie Rey, a rising country artist who attended Seminole High.

“We’re doing our big tribute to America in July,” Cachia said. “We are going to take out military vehicles; we’ll have vendors paying homage to military veterans like Heaven Dropt and Honor Flight.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Honor Guard will kick off the festivities at 6 p.m.

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