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BugFest mini-season event to benefit Diveheart

A lobster mini-season concert will be held in South Florida on July 29 to benefit Diveheart, a non-profit organization that teaches veterans, children and adults with disabilities how to scuba dive.

“We’ve discovered the forgiving, weightless wonder of the water column provides the perfect gravity-free environment for those who might otherwise struggle on land,” said Diveheart founder Jim Elliot. “Underwater, we’re all equal.”

The concert is part of BugFest-By-The-Sea (July 25-29), the state’s largest mini-season event with $20,000 in cash and prizes, including a 3-day dive trip to Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center.

Sponsored by Reef Safe sun care products, Bugfest is held in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, a small seaside town on the ocean just north of Fort Lauderdale. Other BugFest supporters include South Florida Diving Headquarters and Gold Coast Scuba, a 5-star PADI dive shop in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea.

Known as “Florida’s Beach Diving Capital,” the Town was recognized by the Florida Legislature for its efforts to promote diving and snorkeling while also preserving the Town’s nearby coral reefs. The Town is also a member of DEMA.

Based in Illinois, Diveheart was founded in 2001. It is a nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that provides educational scuba diving programs that are open to any child, adult or veteran with a disability. Diveheart works with veterans and other individuals who have a variety of disabilities, including physical and developmental disabilities, vision and hearing impairments, amputations, traumatic brain injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

To donate a prize for the Diveheart concert fundraiser drawing or to sponsor the event, please contact Diveheart concert coordinator Janet Grote at grotejanet@yahoo.com or 727-415-4862.

For more info about BugFest, call Steve d’Oliveira at 954-640-4209. The BugFest Web site is www.bugfestbythesea.com.