Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest

‘Community Hero’ Announced For 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest, Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates

CONTACTS:
Darrell Stefany, EventFest, Inc. (813) 251 – 3378, Darrell@EventFest.com
Darien Cobb, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, (813) 627-7788, darien.cobb@seminolehardrock.com
Kaley Purdon, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, (813) 627-7623, kaley.purdon@seminolehardrock.com
Chris Dirato, Bitner Group, (954) 703-7938, chris@bitnergroup.com

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‘Community Hero’ Announced For
2019 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest,
Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates

2019 GPF Community Hero

TAMPA, Fla.  (January 08, 2019) – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, along with EventFest, Inc. and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, announced today that retired U.S. Army First Sergeant Valerie Ellis Lavin will be the “Community Hero” for the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest and the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is the title sponsor of the Gasparilla Pirate Fest, which is scheduled for Saturday, January 26. The event will feature the Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates, presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

Lavin, who leads her own company (St. Petersburg-based Luminary Global), is best known for her passion to help veterans and their families start their own businesses. It’s a passion she has been pursuing and refining for nearly four years and she has since woven herself in the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Tampa Bay. She is often referred to as a “person you have to know” in the veteran and entrepreneurial communities.

In recent years, Lavin has been recognized by a number of organizations for her community efforts – 2018 Ybor Heroes Award (Ybor City Chamber of Commerce); 2017 Business Woman of the Year honoree, category finalist and winner of the “Roar” Award (Tampa Bay Business Journal); 2016 Susie Steiner’s Community Impact Award (Hillsborough Community College); 2015 Hero at Work Award (Tampa Bay Business Journal); and the 2014 Army Noncommissioned Officer of the Year (Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce).

She also serves as Program Director for Women in Defense (Greater Tampa Bay Chapter), board member for USF’s Center for Veteran and Military Family Transition and Professional Philanthropy Network as well as Transition Committee for Mission United of the United Way. Additionally, she recently was nominated to be the incoming Vice President of the National Veterans Small Business Coalition.

During her military career, Lavin collected numerous awards including the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1OLC), Joint Service Achievement (1OLC) and Army Achievement Medal.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that Valerie will be the ‘Community Hero’ for the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates,” said Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa President Steve Bonner. “While we should be extremely grateful for her service and commitment to our country, we should also take note of the huge difference that she is making in the Tampa Bay area. She is a true American hero.”

“Valerie Ellis Lavin is a perfect selection for the 2019 Gasparilla Parade of Pirates Hometown Hero. She’s a combat veteran, recognized leader, and award-winning trailblazer who’s dedicated her life in support of military veterans and their families. Jose Gaspar would be proud to have her on his Krewe!” said Richard Chapman III, Captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

About Gasparilla Pirate Fest

The 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest is scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, January 26 & 27, 2019, in Tampa and will feature the 105th Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, and the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival, presented by Budweiser.

About Gasparilla Reserved Tickets

Parade of the Pirates reserved bleacher seats are $50 online in advance. For additional information and to purchase Gasparilla Tickets and Official Gasparilla Treasures™ merchandise, visit www.GasparillaTreasures.com. Tickets can also be ordered from the Gasparilla Ticket Line (813) 251-8844. Tampa’s Signature Gasparilla Community events, including the Children’s Gasparilla, Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest and the Gasparilla Outbound Voyage are marketed, managed and produced annually by EventFest, Inc. of Tampa.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is the premier entertainment destination of Central Florida. Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the property is one of the most successful and largest casinos in the world. Located off I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa, the casino features high stakes table games, thousands of the hottest slot machines as well as a new smoke free slots area offering more than 850 popular games. Additionally, there is a state-of-the-art Poker Room featuring 46 tables and an art deco-inspired Mezzanine Level Casino with more than 500 premium and high limit slots. The hotel is AAA Four Diamond rated and the property proudly offers seven award-winning Zagat-rated restaurants, including the upscale dining venues Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and The Rez Grill. The only place to rock one’s body and soul, Rock Spa® & Salon, is also available along with a plethora of VIP services. For more information, please call 866-502-PLAY or visit us online and via FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

About Hard Rock International

With venues in 75 countries, including 183 cafes, 27 hotels and 12 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s most valuable collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise and Hard Rock Live performance venues. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, FL., both owned and operated by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Atlantic City, Bali, Cancun, Daytona Beach, Ibiza, Orlando, Shenzhen and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include, Maldives, Manila, Malaga, Georgetown, Fortaleza, Rosario and Chengdu. New Hard Rock Hotel, Casino or Hotel & Casino projects include Berlin, Budapest, Dublin, London, Los Cabos, Madrid, Maldives, New York City, Ottawa, Sacramento, Dalian and Haikou in China. In 2018, Hard Rock International was recognized as a Forbes Magazine Top Employer for Women and Land Operator of the Year at the Global Gaming Awards. For more information on Hard Rock International visit www.hardrock.com.

GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST JAZZES UP THE FUN IN 2019

GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST EXPANDS TO SUNDAY
NAJEE TO HEADLINE 1st ANNUAL GASPARILLA JAZZFEST & SUNDAY BRUNCH IN CURTIS HIXON WATERFRONT PARK

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GASPARILLA PIRATE FEST JAZZES UP THE FUN IN 2019 

December 13, 2018

CONTACT: Darrell Stefany
EventFest, Inc.
(813) 251-4344                             

TAMPA, FL – Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and EventFest are excited to announce that Smooth Jazz artist NAJEE will headline the 1st Annual Gasparilla JazzFEST on Sunday, January 27, 2019 …. a new addition to the Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest in downtown, Tampa.

Gasparilla JazzFEST will feature live entertainment from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2019. JazzFEST is family friendly and FREE to attend. There will be several vendors and food trucks on site, each with a variety of brunch options available to purchase.

Gasparilla JazzFEST will offer a VIP Brunch Ticket, featuring a fully catered buffet from 11am – 2pm, lounge experience and two complimentary drink tickets. VIP Brunch Tickets are $65 each and are available exclusively from EventFest at www.GasparillaTreasures.com or by calling Gasparilla Tickets (813) 251-8844.

The Gasparilla JAZZFEST Brunch menu includes Assorted Breakfast Pastries; Bagels & Cream Cheese; Smoked Salmon Display; Fresh Fruit & Cheese Display; French Toast Bananas Foster; Eggs Benedict – the Ybor Classic Benedict (poached egg over toasted Cuban bread, topped with roast pork, hollandaise and parsley); Scrambled Eggs; Bacon, Cheese Grits, Chicken Marsala, Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetable Medley, Cuban toast, Café Con Leche and Coffee.

“We are delighted to add the Gasparilla JazzFEST and Sunday Brunch to our 2019  Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest schedule” said Darrell Stefany, President of EventFest and Project Manager for Tampa’s signature Gasparilla Community events (Children’s Gasparilla and Gasparilla Pirate Fest). “With construction in downtown reducing our Pirate Fest stages on Saturday, the expansion to include Sunday became a logical addition to our Gasparilla festivities” said Stefany. “While our guests come for the Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates on Saturday, they’ll come out on Sunday for the music, and we are thrilled to have NAJEE headlining our Sunday JazzFEST this year!” Stefany added.

Gasparilla JazzFEST Entertainment schedule

10:00 a.m. –   12 p.m.             Jeanette Harris and Althea Rena
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.            NAJEE
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.             Omari Dillard

Note: Artist and stage management by Jazz Tyme Productions.

About Jeanette Harris: Jeanette Harris is the scintillating saxtress of smooth jazz. She understands that energetic and captivating performances matched with uplifting and inspiring vibrations in the music are the platinum recipe for success. Fans already recognize her for her popular cover of Stevie Wonder’s “All I Do,” which hit Billboard’s smooth jazz singles chart. Classically trained in both sax and piano, a graduate of Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music, and the saxophonist for the late, great Teena Marie’s final year of touring, Jeanette has weathered the fiercest challenges to bring the world her own brand of soulful vibes.  She recorded with guitarist Norman Brown (featured on her 2011 release “Saxified”), wrote for Gerald Albright and has been blessed to perform at many well-known Jazz Festivals and Jazz Rooms in the United States, Japan, Germany and London. Jeanette’s favorite place to be is performing on the stage and she is grateful for the wonderful opportunities she’s been blessed with and looks forward to many more.

JEANETTE

About Althea Rena: Born December 25th in Detroit, Michigan, she began her musical journey at the tender age of four. She studied classical music while attending Howard University and later gained musical inspiration from the accomplishments of Yusef Lateef, Ian Anderson, and her father (one of Motown’s original Funk Brothers) Dezie McCullers. She has since developed her own creative style.

Her fifth project, “In The Flow”, was a collaboration with Grammy award winning producer Michael Broening, with whom she cowrote the title track. “In The Flow” reached number one on both the Billboard Chart and the Smooth Jazz Chart. Althea René made history by becoming the first flute player to ever reach the number one spot on the Billboard Chart.

ALTHEA

About NAJEE: Grammy nominated saxophonist and flautist, Najee has made a career following his heart and keen musical intuition by pushing musical boundaries, all of which have made him an international pioneer in the music industry. Having collaborated with everyone in the music business from Prince and Quincy Jones to Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Herbie Hancock, Najee’s technical agility, grace, compositional prowess, unbridled passion and fearless genre bending have made him one of the most sought-after musicians of his generation. With two Platinum and four Gold albums under his belt, Najee is an icon whose musical vision spawned an entire new genre by fusing the music close to his heart (R&B and Jazz). https://www.najeeofficial.com/bio/

NAJEE

About Omari Dillard:  Born outside Chicago, but raised in the Tampa Bay area, Omari Dillard is a musical force to be reckoned with. He began playing piano at the tender age of 8, and by the age of 11, he decided he wanted to play violin instead (I mean, what growing boy wants to take piano lessons from their school’s principal anyway?). From big festivals to weddings, and private parties/engagements, Omari has wooed audiences nationwide. Classically trained, with a contemporary style, Omari delivers harmonious sounds with versatility in genres like R&B, jazz, hip hop, rock, pop, country, and gospel. His sultry sound makes this musician one of the most captivating around! In his free time, Omari loves to give back to the community by visiting schools and inspiring kids of all ages to pursue what came to be his passion in life: music.

OMARI

About Gasparilla Pirate Fest: The 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest is scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, January 26 & 27, 2019, in Tampa and will feature the 105th Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, and the Gasparilla Pirate Fest Street Festival, presented by Budweiser.

About Gasparilla Reserved Tickets: Parade of the Pirates reserved bleacher seats are $50 online in advance. For additional information and to purchase Gasparilla Tickets and Official Gasparilla Treasures™ merchandise, visit www.GasparillaTreasures.com. Tickets can also be ordered from the Gasparilla Ticket Line (813) 251-8844.

Tampa’s Signature Gasparilla Community events, including the Children’s Gasparilla, Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest and the Gasparilla Outbound Voyage are marketed, managed and produced annually by EventFest, Inc. of Tampa.

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