Music festival to benefit Wildlife Inc.

Music festival will benefit Wildlife Inc.
Owls are among the many birds and animals cared for by Wildlife Inc. - Joe Hendricks | Sun

The Drift In’s Rock & Blues Festival on Saturday, Nov. 2 will also serve as a fundraiser for Wildlife Inc. Education and Rehabilitation, the Bradenton Beach-based bird and animal education and rehabilitation center.

Wildlife Inc. founder Ed Straight and his wife Gail were named The Sun’s Persons of the Year in 2015. – Joe Hendricks | Sun

Beginning at 12:45 p.m., the music festival will feature performances by Concrete Edgar, Tommy Balbo & The Collective and Dos Macs with Steve Arvey. Drift In Manager Doreen Flynn seeks donations of gift baskets, gift certificates and other items from local businesses to use as raffle prizes for the fundraising efforts. The Drift In is also accepting cash donations and checks made payable to Wildlife Inc. Donations can be dropped off at the Drift In, 120 Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, or you can call 941-778-9088 to have your donation or donated items picked up. Flynn also needs covered dishes brought to the Drift In on the day of the festival.

Founded and operated by Ed and Gail Straight, with assistance provided by volunteers, Wildlife Inc. rescues, cares for and releases injured and orphaned birds and animals. The festival proceeds will assist Wildlife Inc. with food and medication costs and will also help fund repairs needed for the bird and animal enclosures.