NEWS: Writers, Runners, Strummers Prepare for Operation Song

Writers, Runners, Strummers Prepare for Operation Song

Writers, Runners, Strummers Prepare for Operation Song

Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival founders Jim and Reneda Pasquale have joined ranks with AHERO, Retired United States Marine Corps Lt. Col. Dave Glassman and the Universityof West Florida’s Kappa Sigma fraternity to present the rst ever"Operation Song: A Veterans Celebration” on Pensacola Beach March 30 and 31.

The new event gained energy when the three entities discov- ered a common goal of helping military veterans heal. Whether it is through fellowship, songwriting or from the support of an outreach program, the plight of the military veterans is not lost on these promoters. The two-day festival will include workshops,songwriters performances, a nale showcase and a 5K run. TheBeach Church will open its doors to the Friday events which start at 6 p.m. Veterans songwriters will be followed by Cody James and T Montgomery. Then, guests need to hang on to their seats for the Operation Song performances by Bob Regan, Rusty Tabor and Mark Sherrill. The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted.

Strummers can become runners on Saturday morning. UWF’s Noah Williams of Kappa Sigma immediately saw thebene ts of co-promoting and reaching a wider audience with their run event bene tting veterans causes. The Military He- roes 5K will begin at 7 a.m. at the Gulfside Pavilion. Fans will have plenty of time after the post race party to get ready for aSaturday evening nale showcasing Meet and Greets, guestspeakers, veteran songwriters, professional songwriters and the Concert of Light.

At press time the ticket outlets and venues were still be-ing nalized for the Saturday evening performances. For moreinformation,