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Bremen BRIDGE Festival to benefit Health of West Ga.
Bremen BRIDGE Festival to benefit Health of West Ga.

BREMEN, Ga. – West Georgians are encouraged to make a difference in their community through their voices and feet on Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13. The BRIDGE Fest is celebrating its sixth anniversary with “The Sing-off” competition and a 5K Race. Hosted for the second year at Mill Town Music Hall (1031 Alabama Ave.), the series of events will benefit BRIDGE, a local campaign designed to fight drugs in West Georgia.  BRIDGE (Build Recovery in Drug Gripped Environments) provides assistance and education to pre-teens and teens in finding the right path to a drug-free life. In addition, the campaign exposes adults to treatment options and support available to families affected by this epidemic in West Georgia.

This annual family celebration will hold activities throughout the weekend that the whole family can enjoy:

  • “The Sing-off” Competition –Ever dreamed of performing on a concert stage in front of screaming fans? Submit your MP3 or DVD of you singing 1-2 songs at the Mill Town Music Hall Box Office or email steve@milltownmusichall.com. Our guest judges will consist of legendary music producers Harold Shedd and Faye Shedd, long-time radio DJ Rhubarb Jones, and singer/songwriter Jerome Olds. Our professional judge’s panel will consider only family-friendly songs submitted by 6 p.m. on Monday, April 8. Those selected to compete will begin performing at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 12.
  • 5K Fun Run/Walk – The race begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, in the Mill Town Music Hall parking lot. All registrants will receive a t-shirt and entry to view “The Sing-off” competition. 
  • Opportunities to Cheer on and support your favorite runners or singers
    • The runners need to be supported and inspired while they support this important cause – so everyone can join the fight against drugs by becoming a sponsor, volunteer or spectator.  The route will be published on the BRIDGE Organization Facebook page.
    • Mill Town Music Hall invites you to purchase a $5 ticket to cheer on your favorite singers and bands.  The ticket sales will allow exit and entry throughout the evening - refreshments will be available onsite for purchase. You will also have an opportunity to purchase a “Fan Favorite” vote for your favorite singer for just $1.

 

For more information or to register for these events, please visit www.milltownmusichall.com/bridge or send an email to aparrish@co-p.com. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor or vendor, please call 404-310-6559

 

“It’s been an incredible journey from taking an idea seven years ago to celebrating our 6th BRIDGE event,” said Dr. William Parrish, a physician with Primary Care of Bremen and co-chair of the BRIDGE organization.  “This year’s campaign will expose stories of triumph of folks in our community who have been able to overcome their drug and alcohol issues by taking advantage of the treatment options in West Georgia.  We believe this will inspire the community to help us in the fight.”

 

BRIDGE Co-Chair, Chief Keith Pesnell said, “The support we receive and monies that we are able to raise during this event helps support educational programming throughout the rest of the year. This allows us to continue teaching children the advantages of staying healthy, living a clean life and saying no to drugs.  Monies go toward special programming during Red Ribbon Week, educational materials upgrades and more.”

Committed sponsors to date include the following:

  • Mill Town Music Hall
  • Tanner Medical Center
  • CO&P Integrated Marketing
  • City of Bremen
  • Bremen Police Department
  • Primary Care of Bremen
  • Bremen City Schools

 

Established in 2007, BRIDGE works to connect those dealing with drug-related problems and assisting them in finding the help they need to begin their recovery. The Bridge committee is comprised of representatives from Bremen’s police department, mental health facilities, business leaders, doctors, church leadership as well as staff from Bremen City Schools.

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