Thursday, November 28, 2013

3rd Annual Recycle Brevard Festival - What a great event!

Despite threatening showers, the festival came out great! It was our first year partnering with Parks & Recreation and the Reusable Resources Adventure Center and we are really pleased that this partnership proved to be a success.

Everyone loved the location, kids enjoyed the activities we brought to them, and all families had a chance to learn a lot from our wonderful exhibitors. They all had a good time!

All this would not have been possible without each and every person and organization who supported and assisted us along the way, so we would like to THANK YOU very much for being part of this festival.

Our sponsors believed and supported us, so many thanks to them.

Special thanks go to our fantastic guest speaker and exhibitor, River Grace, and his family. It was wonderful to learn more about his award-winning research project -- “Rain Dance of the Radiata” -- and meet his very own radiata tortoises.

Exhibitors and volunteers brought this festival to life, and some of you, like Brevard County Solid Waste Management Department, and EFSC (former BCC) Environmental Club, have been with us since our first year. Our many thanks go to:
  • Brevard County Library System
  • Brevard County Solid Waste Management Department
  • Brevard Nature Alliance
  • Brevard Zoo
  • Eastern Florida Brevard Community College Environmental Club of Melbourne
  • FIT Environmental Club
  • UF-IFAS Florida Master Gardeners
  • Friends of Children of Brevard
  • Friends of Viera Wetlands
  • Keep Brevard Beautiful
  • League of Women Voters of the Space Coast
  • Marine Resources Council
  • Pelican Beach Park clean-up team – The Shoda family
  • Preserve Brevard
  • Space Coast Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Space Coast Early Intervention Center
  • The Green Marketplace

Thank you also to the following organizations for contributing with materials for the festival:
  • Anglers for Conservation
  • Brevard County Natural Resources Department
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute
  • Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association
  • ORCA - Ocean Research & Conservation Association
  • The Story of Stuff Project     

Our many thanks also go to our volunteers and organizations that helped us before and during the event:
  •  The Richter Family who not only helped with everything at the festival but were also responsible for the informative posters we had around the park
  • Viera High School students
  • GFWC Viera Woman’s Club volunteers led by my dear friend Noor Tawfik who helped at the event and kindly went to pick up donations for Friends of Children of Brevard
  • The Green Marketplace that was a drop off  location for gently used toys, clothes, and shoes collected for Friends of Children of Brevard  prior to the festival date

Thank you also to Taylored Photography for donating their time and talent to document the festival through beautiful pictures.

Thank you to Timmy Vee, our DJ from WA1A, who played great music and helped announce and promote our activities throughout the festival.

Thank you to our media supporters:
  • 98.5 The Beach for including our festival in their announcements.
  • Florida Today Best for writing a pre-event article on our Recycle Brevard Festival 
  • Hometown News for also writing a pre-event article on our Recycle Brevard Festival 
  • Viera Voice who came over to document and support our event.
A super thank you to Jasmine Longo who, even from a distance, was able to help promote the festival online.

A very, very special thank you goes out to Terry Mott who helped organize the whole festival putting a lot of time and effort towards it, contributing with great ideas, working on getting sponsors for the festival and being a sponsor herself.

And last, but not least, our deepest thanks to Marcia's family: daughter, Melissa Booth, for being her inspiration and a great helper at the festival; to her husband, Stuart Booth, for supporting her and helping her create this festival for the community.

Our sincere thanks to you all and until next year! 
 
Recycle Brevard!