Woodystock concert in Grove surpasses its fundraising goal


Woodystock concert in Grove surpasses its fundraising goal

Pictured are (l-r) Tom Cabrerizo, CFH Group CEO; James “Woody” Beckham, Woody Foundation founder, and Cris Cab, concert headliner.

You have heard of Woodstock but may not have heard of a recent concert held right in our own backyard.

On Sept. 21, Reggae-pop phenomenon Cris Cab was the headliner for a very successful benefit concert, Woodystock, so named for the nonprofit it benefits, the Woody Foundation. More than 1,000 people gathered at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove for this free grassroots event, designed with music and art lovers in mind. This first benefit concert served as a homecoming for reggae-pop sensation Cris Cab.

Cab, who grew up in Miami and attended Christopher Columbus High School, was delighted to perform in front of family, friends and fans, along with fellow local musicians Jahfe, ArtOfficial and Lance-O of Kulcha Shok Muzik. Twenty-year-old Cab, who blends pop, reggae and soul, has been mentored by Pharrell Williams and Wyclef Jean. Cab, who has over 10 million YouTube views, performed his hits, including Good Girls.

In addition, Woodystock featured wellknown Miami artist Jona Cerwinske who painted a mural during the event and donated it to the foundation to be auctioned after the concert. An outdoor gallery also featured artwork from other local artists.

Best of all, the event surpassed its $25,000 fundraising goal with funds directed to the Woody Foundation, a nonprofit organization that strives to raise funds and awareness of spinal cord injuries.

This inaugural concert was coordinated by Woody Foundation board member Tom Cabrerizo, of CFH Group, a full-service real estate development and management company. The concert’s success came in large part through Cabrerizo’s success in attracting sponsorships from such businesses as All-Go Construction, BankUnited, City National Bank, Kramer & Associates, KW Property Management, Pacifica Companies and SunTrust Bank.

The Woody Foundation was founded by James “Woody” Beckham, who suffered a life-changing spinal cord injury while making a rugby tackle in January 2011. For more information on the Woody Foundation, visit www.woodyfoundation.org

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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Active in many non profits, she received numerous awards across the community. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, where she sings in the choir. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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