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Hospital, Sun Toyota sponsoring Sunset Beach concerts

TARPON SPRINGS — The popular Sunset Beach Concert Series received a jolt of local support recently to ensure the free shows continue without a hitch.

Florida Hospital North Pinellas joined Sun Toyota as the series’ premier sponsors, continuing its community involvement effort since Adventist Health System took over the 168-bed facility in 2010.

“We’re really excited to be able to sponsor the Sunset Beach Concert Series,” said Jennifer Candler, the hospital’s director of marketing and public relations. “It’s an awesome community event and we’re proud to be able to continue to bring it to the residents.”

The concert series at the municipal park at the western end of Gulf Road is organized and operated by the city of Tarpon Springs and the volunteer group Friends of Music on the Beach. But without ample support from willing sponsors, the 10-show-per-year schedule may not be possible, said volunteer Marleen Gravitz.

“It means we can afford to have the concerts,” she said of adding the hospital this year. “The sponsors basically are assuring the public that we’ll have free concerts on an ongoing basis.”

The next scheduled concert is this Thursday, Sept. 19, and representatives from both sponsors will be on site to meet and speak with attendees. Sun Toyota often brings display vehicles and the hospital will have information about its annual fundraiser, Lights of Love.

“We’ll have some representatives from our Lights of Love committee there to let people learn more about that program and make a donation for the fundraiser that’s coming up on Dec. 5,” Candler said. “It’s our yearly holiday event that benefits our auxiliary and allows people to remember loved ones and veterans.”

This Thursday’s concert features Roadhouse Band, a local quartet that specializes in classic rock, blues, oldies and more. It’s the first event since July because August’s concert was washed out.

Attending all concerts are free, along with parking. A shuttle bus is also available from the parking lot at Tarpon Springs High School, 1411 Gulf Road.

To find a full schedule of events and more information on the Sunset Beach Concert Series, search for the Friends of Music on the Beach on Facebook.

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