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Midtown Inc. holds blues festival on Oct. 19

In just one year, Midtown Inc. has raised $1 million toward its goal of $1.2 million.

"It has been a tremendously rewarding campaign to continue and sustain our community renewal efforts,” says Teresa Tomlinson, executive director of MidTown Inc. “Thanks to the diligent work of our board, we reached this milestone in record time and now will go to the community for the broad base of donations we need to successfully meet our goal.”

MidTown Inc. needs the $1.2 million to fund its operations and projects for the next three years. Some of the money has already been committed to provide matching funds for the Georgia Department of Transportation streetscape project for the six-block stretch of Wynnton Road in the heart of MidTown.

MidTown Inc. committed $200,000 to make that $1 million Transportation Improvement Grant a reality.

MidTown Inc. also partnered with the City of Columbus and several property owners to commission a flood study for the Lindsay Creek basin at the intersection of I-185 and Macon Road. Those funds and that study should open up acres of land that currently sits dormant to redevelopment.

MidTown Inc. has grown its grassroots efforts counting 2,900 stakeholders as subscribers to its monthly E-newsletter, creating and supporting the MidTown Business Association and working with neighborhoods to start associations, crime watch groups and block clubs.

“What MidTown Inc. has done in a relatively short period of time is remarkable,” says Frank Etheridge, president and chairman of MidTown Inc. “We are making a difference by improving the infrastructure of the area, marketing the area and working with city officials, residents and businesses. Not many imagined that we would have seen this much success in such a short period of time.”

To celebrate its milestone, MidTown Inc. is hosting a large community festival at 4-6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 on the front lawn of the Wynnton Arts Academy, 2303 Wynnton Road.

There will be tents, balloons, popcorn, boiled peanuts, ice cream, lemonade, iced tea to be enjoyed by all while listening to the All-Star Legacy Revue featuring Sammy Blue, who was called the Crown Prince of the Blues by Muddy Waters. Other performers include Deacon Bluz, a respected scholar of blues history and noted blues performer and Rita Graham, the only Raylette for whom Ray Charles produced an album. She has toured with Oscar Peterson, the Harry James Orchestra and Mercer Ellington Orchestra.

Admission is free.

For more information call: Teresa Tomlinson, 706-494-1663.

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