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 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.