Keepers of the Springs to hold fundraiser

Underwater springs with logo
Keeper of the Springs will host its inaugural "Keep the Springs Glowing" fundraiser on Saturday at the First Magnitude Brewing Company.
Chassahowitzka Manatee Calf
Photo by Tessa Skiles A Chassahowitzka manatee calf.

The Keepers of the Springs will hold its inaugural “Keep the Springs Glowing” fundraising event at the First Magnitude Brewing Company on Saturday.

The event, which supports the Florida springs habitat restoration and education efforts, will start at 5 p.m. and feature vendors, beverages, food and live music from Hannah Harber and Maha and The Lions.  

Every pint purchased will go toward planting young eelgrass shoots in a spring. Eel grass is the favorite food of the vulnerable Florida manatee and is very important to the spring’s ecosystem.

There will be learning activities for all ages, local artists, raffles, plant sales, and creative workshops available. The evening will include DJ sets and a late-night glow party. Glow merchandise can be purchased upon arrival with funds going toward the spring’s restoration efforts.

Keepers of the Springs is currently seeking vendors whose products or mission aligns with the goals of this event and is also seeking partners willing to contribute additional funding to restoration and education programs.

For anyone interested in sponsoring “Keep the Springs Glowing” and want to learn more, email info@keepersofthesprings.org.

The First Magnitude Brewing Company is located at 1220 SE Veitch St. in Gainesville.

Underwater springs
Photo by Tessa Skiles An underwater look at springs vegetation.
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