Our success in 2007 allowed us to donate $500 to the Key Training Center and a group of our volunteers provided help for their main fundraiser, “Run for the Money” in 2008.
In 2009, we donated $1000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County and in 2010; our first Annual TEENSTOCK generated $700 for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
In addition, in 2010, we earned our 501 (c) 3 non-profit status. Following the 2010 Blues’n Bar-B-Que, we donated $1000 to Camp E Nini Hassee in Floral City.
Our 2011 beneficiary for Blues’n Bar-B-Que is Hospice’s Camp Good Hope/Teen Encounter for children dealing with the loss of a loved family member or friend.
Annually, we continue to give back to the community and offer three music scholarships for young musicians. Our scholarships are to honor the memory of Susan Mitchell and Ben Medrano. Susan was the founder of Nature Coast Friends of Blues. Her love of blues music, especially involving young musicians, was the passion of her life. Medrano composed and performed on classical, acoustic and electric guitar with numerous local musical groups and in local churches.