International Festival to collect food for families

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By KAROLYN GEPHART

The 5th Annual Pearland International Festival benefiting performing and visual arts will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 15, at the Pearland Town Center at the Memorial Hermann Pavilion.

This year the Festival will be giving away eight scholarships sponsored by HEB, Kids Robotic Academy and Southfork Chrysler Dodge, Jeep and Ram.

Four scholarships will be given out Friday and four on Saturday to volunteers selected on those days. To qualify, volunteers had to complete an essay of 500-1000 words that answered questions provided by a scholarship committee.

The festival is also partnering with the Pearland Neighborhood Center to collect non-perishable food for Hurricane Harvey Victims.

“We are deeply saddened to see the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey,” Sasha Costa, Chairman of Pearland Foundation for the Performing and Visual Arts, said. “As a Pearland-based nonprofit organization, this storm has impacted many of our friends, family, team members, and festival goers and our thoughts are with all those impacted.”

Pearland Neighborhood Center will distribute the items collected to those affected by the hurricane.

For every non-perishable item collected, PFPVA will match one dollar for each item received up to five for every general admissions ticket purchased on Friday, Sept. 15. PFPVA will provide grants with the matched dollars to local students, and schools affected by the Hurricane that have damaged musical instruments or band equipment.

Monetary donations accepted along with non-perishable food items Saturday, Sept. 16.

The Pearland International Festival is going to be filled with live music, cultural dancing performances, activities, international food and vendor booths, children’s entertainment, a kids zone, as well as the Taste of Pearland VIP tent with wine, food, and fine art.

The $25 admission for Friday also allows entry for Saturday’s event. However, Friday night will be $15 and Saturday $10 for general admission, $5 for 12 years and under, military, and seniors 65 and older. Parking is free.

This year, the VIP tent will again offer A Taste of Pearland showcasing local art and tastes from area restaurants and is co-sponsored by Reflection Bay Event Center at Shadow Creek. Guests will enjoy wines from around the globe, and local wineries will be on hand to offer samples paired with bites from local restaurants plus fine art viewing by local artists.

The Friday, Sept. 15 concert lineup and kickoff dance party begin with live music from Houston’s The Galaxy Band, recipient of the Caribbean Achievement Award 2014, and 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016 TRRR Female Vocalist of the Year, Bri Bagwell. Along with great music, International cuisine from local vendors and various beverage stations, including beer, wine, sodas, and water will be offered.

The Saturday, Sept. 16 family-friendly line-up will feature cultural performances from nearly every region of the globe. Acts hit the stage shortly after the national anthem at 11 a.m. and include Miss Houston Caribbean Festival along with performances from Panama, Mexico, India, Spain, and much more. Live music performances from Pearland’s Modulation Band, Sandy G. y Los Gavilanes, and Brave Combo, America’s Premier Dance band, and a rollicking, rocking, rhythmic global journey, caps off Saturday’s festivities.

Tickets can also be purchased for the Reflection Bay Event Center Taste of Pearland VIP tent. VIP tent sales are for one of two flights – an early flight from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and later flight from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The $50 VIP admission grants you access to a number of food and wine vendors from the Pearland area and includes a keepsake wine glass and other discounts at participating restaurants and wineries.

To purchase tickets or for more information visit www.PearlandiFest.org or contact Joshua Hari at [email protected], or call 281-993-8817.

Pearland Town Center is located at 11200 Broadway Street in Pearland.

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