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The Fabulous Fifties Concert Raises a Record $14,000

The Little Point Sable Association (LPSA) in Benona Township again teamed up with the Community Foundation for Oceana County to host “The Fabulous Fifties” on Saturday, July 29th. A record $14,000 was raised to support arts & entertainment projects in Oceana through the LPS Arts Fund. The sold-out concert was held at the beautiful 100 year old “Stone” Church, which always adds to the unique charm of the evening.

This year’s concert brought back a loved trio, Barry Ross on violin, singer Lana Hoffman and Steve Kamerling on guitar, performing an evening of Broadway, Rock and Country. This was the 14th annual benefit concert, and all proceeds were added to the association’s “Arts for Oceana County Fund” under management of the Community Foundation for Oceana County. The Fund’s balance as of 6/30/17 was $118,846 with 27 grants awarded over time, totaling nearly $22,000.

“It’s been such a pleasure working with our friends at LPSA, most of them being second home residents here. They have made a significant impact in Oceana, a community they love and return to each summer,” said Foundation Executive Director Tammy Carey.

“We had a very active year of granting to worthy projects, totaling just over $9,000. Many thanks to everyone that contributes to the Fund through your attendance and various levels of sponsorship at our annual concerts. A great investment year with the Foundation also helped us to benefit more programs”, said Roy Wilson, Concert Chairperson and LPS resident.

Grants awarded over the last year include:
• $500 – Pentwater Arts Council, Movies on the Green equipment
• $1,000 – New Era Christian Reformed Church, farmer’s market music program
• $500 – Read Early, Read Often, Oceana early literacy initiative (books for babies & toddlers)
• $3,000 – Arts Council of White Lake, Oceana Jr. Strings program, scholarships
• $1,000 – Hart Area Public Library, Lego Literacy Club
• $499 – Big Brothers, Big Sisters, books for Lunch Buddies program at Shelby Elementary
• $150 – Oceana Conservation District, White Pine seedlings for all Oceana 3rd graders
• $1,200 – Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers, Children’s Activity Book sponsor
• $1,041 – The Ladder Community Center, music equipment
• $250 – Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers, Music at the Lights program (Wednesday Nights)

The annual concert is held on the last Saturday in July and is open to the public, but typically sells out. Patrons are encouraged to act quickly when the concert is announced.