CCMF announces some ticket proceeds to benefit local special needs group

With the sounds of country music set to hit Myrtle Beach sands June 5, Carolina Country Music Fest officials recently announced they will be partnering with Savannah’s Playground – a group dedicated to establishing safe playgrounds and programs for children with special needs.

The beachfront country concert will feature artists ranging from up-and-comers to living legends, and now event organizers will be donating a portion of ticket proceeds to the local organization inspired by a Myrtle Beach native’s determined spirit.

Savannah’s Playground was established by 19-year-old Savannah Thompson and her family, who are actively working to create the development of a barrier-free, bias-free world for all children with special needs.

Thompson was born with Williams Syndrome, which causes developmental delays and heart defects, among other challenges, and underwent her first surgery at 3 years old, according to a press release.

During her surgery, she went into in to cardiac arrest and was deprived of oxygen for 20 minutes and suffered significant brain trauma as a result.

Thompson’s fighting spirit was the inspiration behind the start of Savannah’s Playground, and she has been embraced and encouraged by the community as she raises funding to construct playgrounds and programs designed to meet the special needs of children with various disabilities.

“Savannah is very excited that Carolina Country Music Fest is coming to Myrtle Beach, and for the generous support of this project,” Savannah’s father, Lance Thompson, said in a press release. “This facility is going to be a wonderful addition to our community, and our family is so grateful to everyone who has worked so diligently to make this project a reality. The playground itself will be a phenomenal place for children of all ages with special needs to enjoy, and we are tremendously honored that Savannah’s name is associated with it.”

Savannah’s Playground organizers have currently raised $650,000 of its $1.5 million goal.

An early model of the park includes a fitness trail, musical park, interactive playground, swing sets, pond overlook, future waterpark, early childhood playground, school-age playground and other features, according to the release.

“The Myrtle Beach area is not only excited that Full House Productions chose our beautiful beach destination as the home of the Carolina Country Music Festival, we are grateful that they have made the conscious decision to truly invest in our city by making a substantial contribution to an initiative that means so much to our community,” John Rhodes, mayor of the City of Myrtle Beach, said in a press release. “This is a project that we’ve been diligently working on for a long time, and FHP’s partnership will only further its success.”

Eventgoers can also make a donation online through Eventbrite when buying tickets. Festival organizers also just announced two-day general admission tickets are now available in Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday combinations. Three-day general admission tickets are also still available and both can be purchased at www.CCMF.com, and VIP tickets and hotel package options are also available.

“It was important to Full House Productions (FHP) that we leave a long-lasting impact on the Myrtle Beach community long after CCMF ends,” Bob Durkin, President of FHP said in a press release. “There is no better way to say ‘thank you’ than supporting the Thompson family and their efforts to bring this groundbreaking playground to Myrtle Beach.”

CCMF is a three-day, outdoor music festival set against the backdrop of Myrtle Beach shores, and the show features a blend of up-and-comers and country headliners.

Full House Concerts, a division of Full House Productions, is a full service event production company experienced in planning, marketing and executing concerts, festivals and special events, and has been the organization has produced over 500 events in over a dozen cities around the United States since 1998.

Contact ELIZABETH TOWNSEND at 626-0217 or on Twitter @TSN_etownsend.

If you go

What | Carolina Country Music Fest

When | June 4-7

Where | Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard, between Eighth and Ninth avenues North, at the site of the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion, with artists alternating between two stages.

Scheduled performers |

▪ June 4 – “Kickoff Party” concert, with Dee Jay Silver at 6 p.m., Darrell Harwood 6:30 p.m., Early Ray 8 p.m., and Sam Hunt 10 p.m.

▪ June 5 – Dirty Grass Soul 1:30 p.m., Davisson Brothers Band 2 p.m., Kuntry Boys 3 p.m., Georgia Satellites 3:30 p.m., John King 4:30 p.m., an act to be announced for 5 p.m., Outshyne 6 p.m., Rodney Atkins 6:30 p.m., Cole Swindell 8 p.m., and Rascal Flatts 10 p.m.

▪ June 6 – Gal Friday 12:30 p.m., Dee Jay Silver 1 p.m., Brandon Bailey 1:30 p.m., an act TBA for 2 p.m., Taylor Centers 3 p.m., Brooke Eden 3:30 p.m., Ricky Young 4:30 p.m., Corey Smith 5 p.m., Brian Davis 6 p.m., Colt Ford 6:30 p.m., Big (Kenny Alphin) & (John) Rich 8 p.m., and Eric Church 10 p.m.

▪ June 7 – Dee Jay Silver 1 p.m., Mikele Buck 1:30 p.m., Mo Pitney 2 p.m., Morgan’s Road 3 p.m., Marshall Tucker Band 3:30 p.m., Margaret Valentine 4:30 p.m., Kellie Pickler 5 p.m., Rainey Qualley 6 p.m., David Nail 6:30 p.m., Hunter Hayes 8 p.m., and Lady Antebellum 10 p.m.

How much | Including processing fees:

▪ Kickoff party with Sam Hunt on June 4 – $42.14. Also, for Myrtle Beach residents with ID, $19 (plus fees), available from Carolina Country Bar, 300 Ninth Ave. N., Myrtle Beach.

▪ Two-day passes for June 5-6 or June 6-7 – $168.74 general admission.

▪ Three-day passes for June 5-7 – $210.94 general admission, $369.19 “Main Stage VIP,” or $1,347.92 “Super VIP.” Also: $159 rate (plus fees) available for government employees, and current and retired military, police and rescue personnel.

▪ Three-day camping package at Lakewood Camping Resort, 5901 S. Kings Highway, about a mile south of Myrtle Beach city line, and two general admission concert passes, for June 5-7 – $626.92.

▪ For group rates for June 5-7 with 20 or more people, email groupsales@ccmf.com.

▪ Optional add-on for one flight on zip line, nearby at Myrtle Beach Adrenaline Adventures for time and festival day to be selected, $43.18.

Information | www.carolinacountrymusicfest.com, and www.brookeeden.com

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