County receives grant from Target for concert series

The Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department has announced that its 2012-13 Noches Tropicales Concert Series has been awarded a $75,000 grant from Target Corporation.

“The Target grant will allow us to continue bringing wonderful cultural entertainment for residents to enjoy for free,” said Jack Kardys, Miami-Dade Parks director. “Target’s partnership with Miami-Dade Parks is a great example of how the business sector can make a difference in the community by supporting recreational opportunities that improve Miami’s quality of life. It’s a great opportunity for them to give back to their consumers in a meaningful way.”

The free Noches Tropcales concert series at Tropical Park celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Hispanic music and dance. As part of the department’s commitment to making quality arts experiences accessible to the entire Miami-Dade County community, the annual series provides a venue for families to enjoy the performances.

During the past six years, Noches Tropicales has showcased 21 outdoor concerts that have included traditional Cuban contemporary music and zarzuelas, Argentinean tango, Brazilian jazz, and a Spanish version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

The grant is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to build strong, safe and healthy communities across the country. These efforts include Target’s long history of giving 5 percent of its income to communities, which today equals more than $3 million every week. As part of this commitment, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015 to help kids learn, schools teach, and parents and caring adults engage. To date Target has provided more than $300,000 in cultural grant funds in support of Noches Tropicales.

“At Target, we are committed to serving local communities where we do business,” said Laysha Ward, president of Community Relations for Target. “That’s why we are proud to partner with Miami-Dade Parks as we work to strengthen communities and enrich the lives of our guests and team members.”

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