Lakewood Ranch, FL (January 19, 2017) - Main Street at Lakewood Ranch helped more than 60 area non-profits raise more than $800,000 in 2016. The events ranged from car shows to parades, and from bike races to the monthly “Music on Main” concert series.
Main Street has been the hub of community activity since it opened in 2005, and its reach has grown exponentially, drawing people from around the state to its numerous shows and festivals. Annual favorites now include the Memorial Day Parade, the Jingle 5K for the Arthritis Foundation, BooFest, and Holidays Around the Ranch.
Monthly, thousands come to enjoy Music on Main, which started in 2006 and became a fixture quickly with its free entertainment, family activities, and a chosen charities pouring beers to earn money for their organizations.
Records have only been kept since 2012, according to Main Street Manager Amanda Zipperer, but she estimates the total earned is well over $5 million, as over the past five years alone they helped charities raise $3,530,726: 2012 - $591,284.41; 2013 - $671,257.14; 2014 - $709,956.86; 2015 - $753,844 and 2016 - $804,385.
“We are the heart of Lakewood Ranch,” Zipperer said. “We host events to bring visibility not only to the street and merchants but to the entire Lakewood Ranch community. Our events have a social and economic impact – not only do we help develop a sense of community but we help raise money for a lot of great charities. I also think these events show that “we aren’t alone” – there’s power in attending an event and seeing other people who support the same cause or have experienced the same thing.”
What makes the events so incredibly popular? “I think people have come to find that when there is an event on Main Street or elsewhere in Lakewood Ranch we do it right – we have established a reputation for excellence,” Zipperer said. “We are well-organized and a lot of our major events have been on the street since our inception, but we have also added some new ones along the way as well so it doesn’t get stagnant. People know that we always have something going on.”
More than 120 community events are planned for 2017.
Main Street at Lakewood Ranch features stylish boutiques, acclaimed restaurants, miniature golf, a cinema, concerts, festivals and more. Come explore Main Street, our hub of exciting activities and family-friendly fun.