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Concerts For A Cause returns

Newland Communities kicks off its sixth annual Concerts for a Cause series tonight at Waterset.

Both FishHawk Ranch (14215 Barrington Stowers Drive in Lithia) and Waterset (7250 Parkshore Drive in Apollo Beach) communities will host concerts featuring area bands, such as Frequency, C'Nergy and Lovestruck Robot. The concerts are open to the public and in lieu of admission, attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items or cash donations.

Orlando-based Lovestruck Robot performs a mix of pop, rock and R&B at the first concert tonight. All concerts will take place Fridays and Saturdays in both communities beginning at 6 p.m.

On Oct. 22 in Waterset and Oct. 29 in FishHawk Ranch, the events will include a Fall Festival at 5 p.m. with a pumpkin patch, face painting and a costume contest for children and adults. Food trucks will also be on site with items for purchase.

The series runs through Nov. 5.

Donations made at FishHawk Ranch will benefit both the Lithia-based Seeds of Hope and the Newsome High School Marching Band's March to Macy's fund. The March to Macy's fund was established to help cover travel expenses for the band's participation in this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

Seeds of Hope is a nonprofit organization, founded by FishHawk Ranch resident Leda Eaton, that offers a food pantry for Lithia, Brandon and Valrico residents, and supplies weekend backpacks of food for low-income schoolchildren.

Donations collected during concerts held at Waterset will be distributed to Feeding Tampa Bay, the area's leading food bank.

Newland Communities has pledged to match donations raised during all five concerts up to $10,000.

Other bands in the series include: Eye Candy, the Raydio Band and Stormbringer.

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