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Rock for a Cause Raises $35,000 for Music Education

The third annual Rock for a Cause took over Main Street in Downtown Sarasota on Nov. 12, bringing together great music, local businesses and a worthy fundraising effort for music education for kids in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The annual event is presented by S-One Holdings Corporation, headquartered in Sarasota.

We’re excited to announce that the 2016 Rock for a Cause raised a total of $35,000. Proceeds from the event will be used to send students of the Del Couch Music Education Foundation to the Berklee College of Music Summer Programs.

“S-One has been a great supporter of music education, and this will make a huge impact on the students in our Foundation,” says Del Couch, founder and director of the Del Couch Music Education Foundation. “The Berklee College of Music is the top music school in the country, and these summer camp programs can be life-changing. In fact, Sam Woolf, who was a top 5 finalist on American Idol is an alumni of our Foundation, tried out for the show while he was attending a Berklee summer camp that the Foundation was able to send him to.”

Students of the Foundation will be asked to fill out applications for spots at next summer’s Berklee programs.

During Rock for a Cause, six bands competed for $1,500 cash. Spectators voted on-site and chose Bl3nded, a trio of high school students, as this year’s winner. Other acts that competed included: Trey Wanvig Band, Rickey Tedesco, South Trail Band, The Tattered Saints and The David Smash Band. Bl3nded will also perform at the 2017 Sarasota Music Half Marathon on Feb. 5 in the Rock for a Cause entertainment zone.

“This was our first competition so we were very nervous, especially since there were other talented musicians in the competition with more experience,” the members of Bl3nded said. “We were so grateful that so many people came out to watch and be a part of something so cool and monumental for us.”

Ray Collins from ABC-7 once again emceed Rock for a Cause, which featured many corporate sponsors and vendors who sold food and products throughout the afternoon and evening. DJ Joey D kept the tunes going and students from the Del Couch Music Education Foundation performed on a second stage.

“This is our community — the S-One office is right downtown, so what better place to have Rock for a Cause than on Main Street, right in front of our office?” says Shauna Malgieri, chair of the Rock for a Cause executive committee. “We’re so grateful for the outpouring of community support for this event, and it keeps growing more and more each year. We’re excited to start planning the Cause for next year!”

To learn more about Rock for a Cause, visit SRQRocks.org. Click on the images in the gallery below for scenes from this year’s event. Photos by Billy Elkins.

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Rock for a Cause Schedule Announced

We’re only a few days away from the 2016 Rock for a Cause! We’ve got a full day of entertainment planned for Saturday, Nov. 12, that starts with our Top 6 bands: Trey Wanvig Band, Rickey Tedesco, South Trail Band, Bl3nded, The Tattered Saints and the David Smash Band.

These musical acts are competing for $1,500 cash and will be the closing act of the event. They’ll also perform at the 2017 Sarasota Music Half Marathon on Feb. 5 in the Rock for a Cause entertainment area.

For the first time, we’ll have a second stage that will feature performers from the Del Couch Music Education Foundation, which is our partner this year. Proceeds from the event will send Foundation students to the Berklee College of Music summer programs. Our 2015 winner, Paige Merriman, will also perform while the votes for the competing bands are tallied.

We’ll have DJ Joey D on site to keep the tunes flowing, and our esteemed emcee of the day will be Ray Collins from ABC-7.

We look forward to seeing you at Rock for a Cause on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2-9 p.m. on Main Street and Orange Avenue in Downtown Sarasota! Admission is $1, and everyone in attendance will get a ticket to vote for their favorite band.

Here’s the performance schedule for both stages:

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Jersey Mike’s & S-One Sales Support Rock for a Cause

SARASOTA, FLA. — We’re thrilled to announce that Jersey Mike’s, 2031 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, will donate 10% of orders when customers mention Rock for a Cause when they place an order between Nov. 7-11. Head over to Jersey Mike’s from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. to help us raise funds for local music education. Plus, Jersey Mike’s will be one of our vendors during Rock for a Cause, Nov. 12, 2-9 p.m., selling their sandwiches at the event.

S-One Bumps Donation to 20,000!

Earlier this year, S-One committed to donating $1 per U.S. order to Rock for a Cause during September and October. The numbers are in, and S-One raised $18,860.

“We believe so much in Rock for a Cause that we’re going to round up our donation to $20,000,” says Angie Lane of S-One’s leadership team. “We are so excited to be able to send several students of the Del Couch Music Education Foundation to summer music programs at the Berklee College of Music!”

The 2016 Rock for a Cause will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 2 – 9 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Sarasota. During the event, the top six musical acts that were chosen by online voting will compete battle-of-the-bands style throughout the day. The competing bands are:

The winning band will receive $1,500 and will be the closing act of the event. They will also perform during the Sarasota Music Half Marathon on Feb. 5, 2017. Students of the Del Couch Music Education Foundation will also perform during Rock for a Cause.

Come down and enjoy lots of live music, a kids’ play area, family fun, food, local vendors and tons of exciting raffle prizes from our donating sponsors. For more information, go to SRQRocks.org.