Saturday, October 15 marked the inaugural Gulfport Peace, Love & Women Music Festival at the Gulfport Casino by local producers Lynn DiVenuti and Amy Oatley, co-owners of Business Brainstormers, an event sponsor.
During the 10-hour event, they wanted to “chip away at that ‘glass ceiling’ that prevents women musicians [from having] the same exposure permitted to men in the entertainment and music industry,” said DiVenuti. “We wanted to offer some of Tampa Bay’s A-list of women performers a venue that would bring attention to their talent and dedication.”
The organizers also created a compilation music CD featuring most of the 10 originally scheduled performers. Portions of the proceeds from the festival will support two area charities: CASA and the Sonia Plotnick Health Fund. The city of Gulfport was also a sponsor for the event.