We, the Punta Gorda Days Inc, the non profit group that stages the Punta Gorda Block Party, would like to thank the community, the vendors, the sponsors, the volunteers and the non profits for their support over the years.
The Block Party was originally started and the organizing committee formed at the request of the City of Punta Gorda to celebrate the centennial and to promote downtown businesses. It succeeded beyond all expectations, bringing in many first time visitors downtown as well as uniting the community on both sides of the river to celebrate the good life here in Charlotte County.
During it's time, the Block Party quickly became one of the most unique Punta Gorda events not duplicated anywhere else and the biggest and best One Day Event in all of Southwest Florida. It became a principal source for non profits, service organizations, schools, youth and school sports teams as well. Crowds come from all over to this event and enjoy the entertainment.
Because of slower economic conditions and budget issues, the City Council in 2008 decided to pull its Block Party funding and instead began charging the non profit organization (that was organized for the City) for the services it provided formerly as "in kind". Now, after paying the fees which rose each year to the City, Punta Gorda Days Inc. simply does not have the funding reserves needed to stage the 2015 festival.
This is unfortunate especially for the over 74 non profits who participated over the years. They are the REAL losers. Many of these groups had their biggest fund raiser of the year at the Block Party and they will certainly feel that loss.
While the 2015 Block Party is definitely a no go, Punta Gorda Days Inc is not closing up shop. We, with YOUR HELP, will continue to meet and try to raise money to regroup and Plan the Block Party in 2016. Anyone in support of the ongoing event that dedicates solely to giving back, please write letters to the editor in support to the City of Punta Gorda.
The City Council needs to hear from you.
Old Timer's Luncheon
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APRIL 18, 2015 For Information call 941 639-2716