Florida Fine Cars Sponsors Charity Fishing Tourney & Seafood Fest!

WEST PALM BEACH – When the third annual Downtown Showdown charity fishing tournament and seafood festival kicks off on May 20th, Florida Fine Cars will be there running the car show awards.

The free event – expected to attract at least 10,000 to 15,000 visitors – aims to raise $40,000 in charitable donations to benefit veterans, the Boy Scouts and to support sexual abuse prevention education for adults and children. The Downtown Showdown will spread across an area between Banyan and Fern Streets.

Custom & classic car show at past Downtown Showdown in West Palm Beach, FL.

“It’s a fun event and the charitable organizations are fantastic,” said Florida Fine Cars Marketing Director Jamie Suid. “Helping with the Car Show awards just made sense. It’s a great day for families to enjoy some fresh seafood, check out the cool cars and take in the fishing competition. Plus proceeds go to some great causes.”

Anglers will compete for nearly $30,000 in prize money in a variety of categories including big fish overall, kingfish, dolphin, wahoo, small boat, lady and junior. 

The event is organized by Southern Fishing Charities (SFC), which organizes and hosts outreach programs to support veterans. SFC partners with local organizations to create awareness and raise funds through fishing tournaments and related events.

“It’s really a huge event,” said Grant Portier, co-founder of the SFC and co-organizer of Downtown Showdown. “We’ve just got some great things throughout the day.”

The event is the city’s only waterfront seafood festival featuring the area’s best seafood providers, a special section just for kids, a car show, a huge array of local vendors and an impressive lineup of local bands, including country artist Tom Jackson.

Florida Fine Cars to Oversee Car Show Awards

The classic and custom car show awards will be at 4:30 p.m. at the Florida Fine Cars’ booth at the corner of North Clematis Street and Flagler Drive. Florida Fine Cars is a family-owned used car dealership in business since 1993 with stores in West Palm Beach, Hollywood and Miami.

Crowds enjoy last year’s Downtown Showdown in West Palm Beach.

“They were seeking an automotive sponsor and asked us to participate. It’s a great cause so we signed on right away,” Suid said. Florida Fine Cars will also have a display of some of its coolest cars for festival-goers to check out.

Car owners will compete for Best in Show, Best Engine, Best Paint and more. The first place winner will receive $500, second place, $300, and third place, $200.

Portier said the show is composed of about 75 carefully selected vehicles which will include classics, custom and stock.

Festival to Benefit Kids, Boy Scouts, Veterans

This year’s Downtown Showdown will offer a variety of kid-friendly activities.

Local anglers created the event three years ago in memory of Scott Terry, a pro fisherman and community activist from Vero Beach who was killed in a car accident in February 2014. Terry’s friends have said it was his dream to one day organize a fishing tournament so they did it in his memory and donate proceeds to causes that were dear to Terry’s heart.

Money raised at the event will go to Lauren’s Kids, a non-profit which helps educated adults and children about sexual abuse prevention; the Boy Scouts of America and U.S. veterans.

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Florida Fine Cars Supports Upcoming Youth Concert

WEST PALM BEACH — Florida Fine Cars is helping a popular youth choral group cover essential costs so children from all walks of life can participate.

When the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches take the stage on May 6th, 350 students will wow the audience at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts with an amazing repertoire of patriotic classics, folk songs and other favorites.

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Young Singers of the Palm Beaches at a dress rehearsal.

Six separate student choirs will take guests through a musical history lesson that includes a piece by the great Irving Berlin, a tribute to Judy Garland and catchy numbers from the Broadway hits “Hairspray” and “Hamilton.” There will even be an old-fashioned sing-a-long.

“It’s pretty powerful,” said Shawn Berry, the group’s founder and artistic director. “This concert is called an ‘American Tapestry.’  We gave it a broad range. It includes American composers of (many) American genres of music. I am proud of them.”

Florida Fine Cars learned about the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches through customers Gina and Roger Francis and have supported the music program ever since. The couple’s sixth grader Lauren, 12, has been a member of the group for three years. FFC Logo New Car

“Florida Fine Cars is proud to support this incredible music program which provides hundreds of students an amazing venue to perform and be part of a group,” said Florida Fine Cars marketing director Jamie Suid. “Kids today spend too much time on computers. This program taps into their talent and showcases their abilities in a way that builds confidence and character.”

 The financial support provided by businesses like Florida Fine Cars helps cover students’ tuition, costumes or anything else they need assistance with.

“We do a lot of fundraising and get ads to help pay the tuition of our students,” said Gina Francis.  “I reached out to Florida Fine Cars. Their support helps pay for anything the students need. It helps cut costs and makes sure anyone who can’t pay can participate.”

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Young Singers of the Palm Beaches perform at the Kravis Center.

Lauren has gained confidence and poise and improved her social skills performing on the stage of the Kravis Center, her mother said.

“It’s done amazing things. She is rubbing shoulders with people from all walks of life and all nationalities,” Gina Francis said.

Youth Choir Program Serves Children Throughout Palm Beach

The program serves students from Jupiter to West Boca Raton. Participants range from second graders to 12th graders and hail from more than 100 different Palm Beach County schools, including home schools. Young Singers of the Palm Beaches is sponsored by the Palm Beach Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

For more information about the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, click here.

Students audition to be part of Young Singers, perform two major concerts a year and hold concerts at smaller venues, such as the Flagler Museum.

“The main thing they get out of it is the experience of coming together and singing and learning other skills that go along with singing – commitment and the ability to socialize with others,” Berry said.

Participants Learn Teamwork, Gain Confidence

Jene Rhoads of West Palm Beach couldn’t agree more. Her two young daughters Pavani, 8, and Annika, 11, joined the group 1 1/2 years ago and love it.

“This is the one time I find that things slow down and they focus on this very peaceful, joyful art of singing,” Rhoads said. “It’s very emotional. I think this is one way they will develop compassion.”

Rhoads grew up playing violin in a youth orchestra and wanted her daughters to experience what it’s like to be part of a structured, organized chorus instead of just singing in a church.

“They have a passion for singing and this group is very passionate abut singing,” she said. “I think they are so much better prepared because they’ve been part of this group and so much more confident.”

Tickets for the May 6th concert start at $15 and can be purchased at the Kravis Center box office or online.

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