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Rock the Park raises money for arts organization

August 15, 2014

By Kate Kompas, St. Cloud Times, Minn.

Aug. 15--LITTLE FALLS -- The summer of free outdoor music continues Saturday with Rock the Park V, a concert that is Great River Arts' major fundraiser.

Yes, the music is free, thanks in part to local sponsors, but the event also is a time "to pass the hat" to help support the organization and educate people about it, says Sam Bruno, program support specialist for Great River Arts.

Great River Arts has undergone a major renovation in the past year, and organization officials are hoping to offer dinner theater -- if a grant comes through -- and other programming soon, Bruno said.

"We're definitely not slowing down," she said.

Some of the musicians who will play during Saturday's concert have been rehearsing at Great River Arts, and the doors have been open so their sounds flow out to the Little Falls streets. They had their last rehearsal last week, said Stephanie Ronning, summer intern for Great River Arts.

"They're sounding good so far," she said.

An estimated 1,200 people attended Rock the Park in 2013, according to information provided by Ronning. The event raised $7,500. This year's goal is $10,000.

The event is "a really great way for us to get our name out there," Ronning said.

About the concert

What: Rock the Park V.

When: Saturday.

Where: Maple Island Park, on First Street Southeast in Little Falls.

About the music: Opening act at 6 p.m. is Bobb Gatts and Kristen Blann. Brother's Tone and The Big Groove will take the stage 7-10 p.m. Food and beverages will be available.


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