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PG Downtown Hoedown

Win Tickets to Punta Gorda Downtown Hoedown for The Troops, in Downtown Punta Gorda, this Saturday, Feb 17th.  Listen for the cue to call on "Matthews in the Morning" or you can register below.

This years headliner is Restless Heart...with unforgettable hits like "Why Does it Have to Be" "That Rock Won't Roll" and "The Bluest Eyes in Texas" and many more.  Plus local Country greats:  Jack Michael, Jason Brownie and Andy Purcell:

Supporting Holiday 4 Heroes – $2 from every ticket sale will be donated to Holiday 4 Heroes!

Holiday 4 Heroes is a grassroots effort started 10 years ago when local business owners became aware there was a need to fill, to provide cheer and comfort to our active duty military members in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Syria as well. This year close to 1000 boxes of supplies were sent to our heroic men and women serving to protect our freedom.  Every cent and product collected goes directly to providing these packages to our service members.

Every day the brave men and women in our military service are risking their lives for us.  Our government does not provide some of their basic needs.  As nearby bases and commissaries have shut down these items become difficult to acquire.   Each year, starting in September, we search out local soldiers to adopt.  We try to supply their entire camp. Their packages are mailed out the last week of November and are received by our soldiers for a little Christmas appreciation and cheer.  Our community has really come together on this project.  People donate tons of supplies, make their own care packages and donate money for the mailings. Please join us in the effort to support these very brave men and women who protect us.  Remember, freedom is not free.

More than a concert – In addition to great music and a great cause, the Downtown Hoedown will feature great BBQ with other food choices, as well as refreshing beverages from Corona, Jim Beam, and Ole Smoky Moonshine. There will be plenty of vendors on hand for those who want to do a little shopping between shows.

Mark your calendar & come on down to the Downtown Hoedown – February 17, 2018 from 3pm to 11pm at City Marketplace in Downtown Punta Gorda!


Our hearts are broken this morning after Valentine's Day.  We join you in  thoughts and prayers for the victims and the families of the terrible shooting in Parkland FL yesterday.  

Please help out the Suncoast Humane Society with any of these items you can...Our furry friends are counting on us!



Coworkers Get Car For Single Dad Who Walked 11 Miles To Work



UPS workers buy a car for their co-worker who had been walking 11 miles to work every day for months.


When Trenton Lewis got his job at a UPS facility in Little Rock, Arkansas, he didn’t have a car, so he walked the 11-miles every morning to get to his 4 a.m. shift. The 21-year-old did that trek for seven months without his coworkers knowing how he got to work. He has a lot of pride, especially when it comes to providing for his 14-month-old daughter, Karmen.

When they found out what the single dad did every day just to get to work, they decided to lend him a hand. Patricia “Mama Pat” Bryant and her husband, Kenneth, have both put in close to 40 years with UPS, and they were moved by Lewis’s determination. So they shared his story with coworkers and collected money from them to buy the young father a reliable set of wheels.

Lewis had no idea what they were up to and when they asked him to come to a “union meeting,” he was shocked when Kenneth pulled the keys to a 2006 Saturn out of his pocket and gave them to him. "I was emotionally moved. My heart just fell," Lewis says. “I’m never going to forget this ever.”Source: CNN


This kid exercises his mind and his body at the same time..Try this next time you're at the gym....OK...maybe not!

Clean Freaks Cares     Here's how you can help Clean Freaks help  our Veterans in need...Click the blue "Clean Freaks Cares" above to help out!

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