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BankPlus Presents
Red Beans & Rice for Stewpot at Renaissance

BankPlus and Stewpot announced that the two entities are creating a day of red beans & rice, music and fun to assist the homeless and needy in the Metro area. This event will re-invent Stewpot’s former festival fundraiser, “Red Beans and Rice Celebration,” formerly held at Trustmark Park in Pearl. “The Red Beans & Rice festival will help support the 17 ministries of Stewpot Community Services. Rob Armor, Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer, said, “For years, the Red Beans and Rice Celebration was a staple in Metro Jackson. Great food and great music combined to not only create one of the best events of the year, but also to serve as a major fundraiser for Stewpot. BankPlus is proud to play a role in bringing this event back and making it better than ever.”

BankPlus Presents Red Beans & Rice for Stewpot will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Renaissance at Colony Park.

This reinvigorated festival will also be held in conjunction with a long-standing race benefitting St. Dominic’s free street clinic at Stewpot. Kelli Stabbs, Business Relations Manager, stated, “The annual St. Dominic’s Magnolia Meltdown featuring a half marathon, 10K and 5K is delighted to partner with BankPlus and Stewpot to extend an incredible experience to the more than 1,500 expected entrants.

The BankPlus Presents Red Beans & Rice committee will recruit teams to prepare their Best Red Beans dish for the crowd. There will be a People’s Choice judging for the best beans. The winner will have BRAGGING RIGHTS for the 2017 BankPlus Red Beans & Rice Festival and help Stewpot – all at the same time! All proceeds from the cooking event will be used to help support the 17 ministries at Stewpot, serving over 650 poverty-level individuals each and every day.

The festival entry is free! That’s right FREE to enjoy our great musical line-up! That line-up includes: The Sofa Kings 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Lisa Mills 1:15pm -2:15pm, Southern Komfort Brass Band 2:30pm – 3:30pm, The Mulligan Brothers 4pm – 5:00pm, and Drivin’ n’ Cryin5:30pm – 7:00pm. Although the festival is FREE for all to attend, we are selling $5 tickets for the red beans and rice tasting. Also we are adding a little “something extra” to the festival - craft beer! This aspect of the festival will require the purchase of a separate wrist Bracelet for $10. What a terrific combination; Beans & Beer!

Just think . . . beautiful Renaissance – kid friendly activities, runners on the parkway, mouth-watering food and cold beverages, terrific bands . . . it’s the place to be. What a great deal!   

            Information regarding BankPlus Presents Red Beans for Stewpot Festival can be obtained by visiting the Red Beans & Rice website at www.redbeansandrice.org. Stewpot Special Events Coordinator, Michelle Bingham, can be reached at 601-353-2759 ext. 18 or by email atmbingham@stewpot.org.

Information regarding registration for the Magnolia Meltdown run can be obtained at www.magnoliameltdown.racesonline.com.

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