A Rousing, Soulful Night to Remember …
Local Musicians to Perform at Benefit
Concert for Manatees

5K Run

For further information, contact:

Janice Nearing,
Director of Public Relations
Save the Manatee Club
Phone: (407) 539-0990
E-mail: jnearing@
savethemanatee.org


For Immediate Release:
June 3, 2010

An all star local line-up of young talent will be featured at The Plaza Theater on Bumby Avenue in Orlando on the evening of June 17th to raise public awareness and funds for endangered manatee protection.

Two young entrepreneurs have combined their skills to bring a special, energetic concert experience to Orlando. Rachel Cimino and Julie Milliman, both members of the national nonprofit conservation organization, Save the Manatee Club, headquartered in Maitland, Florida, have lined up a number of musicians who are well known on the local scene and beyond, including Clayton Senne, Mike Dunn, Peter Baldwin, Matt Butcher, and Ryan Winford. Headlining the show are Thomas Wynn and Olivia Wynn. Thomas is lead vocalist for Thomas Wynn and The Believers and Olivia Wynn performs vocals and plays organ-piano for the popular band with a sound that goes from quiet folk to southern rock.

“We are excited about the opportunity to raise awareness and to also showcase some incredible talent in our own backyard. The evening will offer great entertainment while creating a wider fan base for manatees and raising much-needed funds. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to Save the Manatee Club for their manatee conservation efforts,” said Rachel.

The concert features a diverse group of singer/songwriters: Clayton Senne on piano mixes pop with strong blues and soul influences; Ryan Winford combines pop/rock with powerful vocals; Mike Dunn performs rock on acoustic guitar; Peter Baldwin sings his soulful guitar ballads; and Matt Butcher sings a mix of folk, rock, and country with guitar, harmonica, and keyboards. The evening’s performers hitting the stage will offer an eclectic mix that will be sure to appeal to a variety of musical tastes.

“This year is off to a very bad start for manatees,” said Save the Manatee Club’s Executive Director, Patrick Rose. “Florida’s harsh winter took a huge toll on them. Now they are facing the worst oil spill in America’s history. The spill couldn’t have come at a worse time for manatees because they are widely dispersed now and can be found along the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida – in the very areas that could be most affected. This concert will focus attention on the manatee’s plight and raise funds for our conservation work, such as protecting seagrass habitat and supporting the potential rescue and rehabilitation of manatees affected by the oil spill.”

For more information on the concert, call The Plaza Theater at (407) 228-1220 to purchase tickets, or check Park Avenue CDs for ticket availability. Tickets are $7 in advance, and $9 at the door. Save the Manatee Club will have an education booth in the lobby of the theater and will be selling select merchandise, such as T-shirts and plush manatees, as well as manatee adoptions. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

“We are very grateful to Rachel and Julie and to all the talented musicians who are performing with a cause at heart for manatees. We urge you to come and enjoy the show,” Rose added.

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