By Paul Robinson
With the combined efforts of locals Christi Page, Brett McKee, and Mike Vitale, ShineFest – which will be held on October 17, 2009, at Joe Riley Stadium – will benefit the Charleston County School District and the Trip Page Education Initiative. The event will feature live music from Blues Traveler, Blue Dogs, Sol Driven Train, Dangermuffin, GaslightStreet, Jeff Sipe Trio, Number One Contender and others. The event will be a day-long music festival for all ages.
The money donated to the school district will help implement the program Positive Behavior Support (PBS) throughout area schools. PBS, established by the Office of Special Education Programs in the US Department of Education, trains teachers to use consistent, positive and intentional methods to influence student behavior while creating an environment where learning can thrive. In addition to PBS, proceeds will also be donated to Charleston Book Buddies to expand literacy programs in economically depressed regions of Charleston County.
The event producer of ShineFest 2009, Christi Page, manager of the local salon and spa Stella Nova, is dedicating the ShineFest to her late husband Roscoe Ashley “Trip” Page, III, who tragically lost his life in a car accident in June of 2007. “The reality of organizing and attempting to bring this music festival to Charleston has been an experience I will never forget,” says Page. “Donating 100% of the proceeds to local education is the uniqueness and power that ShineFest brings to Charleston. I’ve been blessed with the individuals who have helped me along this journey of losing my husband and I can only hope that festival goers will realize the positive impact they are making on the spectrum of Charleston’s education. We are thankful for everyone’s support and we hope to see you there!”
Local business owners Brett McKee of Oak Steakhouse and Mike Vitale of Torch Velvet Lounge are supporting Page with her initiative to raise money for local education. “It’s a great thing to be able to raise this money for education and to do what I can to help with the cause,” says Vitale. “Two years ago I lost my mother to breast cancer and I’ll do what I can to support ShineFest and its intentions. To be a part of something that will donate its proceeds to local schools and create an endowment fund for the Citadel is enlightening and empowering for everyone involved.”
Chef Brett McKee, who either donates or helps more than 140 charities each year, is equally enthusiastic about the enterprise. “In being a part of the Charleston community, I feel it is an honor to help ShineFest with their cause. Anything I can do to support education I stand by and will try my hardest to consistently be a part of it. ” Both Vitale and McKee, originally from New York, have stepped in and shown support by providing their establishments, food and service for pre-ShineFest promotions, functions and the festival itself.
The official ShineFest after party will be held at The Pour House, located at 1977 Maybank Highway, and will feature the bands Sol Driven Train, Dangermuffin, GaslightStreet, and members of Blue Dogs. The Pour House will also be participating in ShineFest’s education initiative and donating all door proceeds to the cause. Visit www.charlestonpourhouse.com for more information.
Additional information on ShineFest, Positive Behavior Support (PBS) and the Trip Page Education Initiative (TPEI) can be found at www.shinefestcharleston.com, www.pbis.org and www.citadel.edu/tcf/donors/profiles/page.shtml. Tickets for ShineFest can be purchased at the box office by calling 723-7241 or by visiting shinefestcharleston.org. Advance tickets are $40 and $45 the day of the show.