And that’s a wrap! Friday, November 30th, our 7th annual Deja Blues event was held in The Backyard behind O’Bricks Irish Pub & Martini Bar on Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton. The weather was great, the food from O’Bricks was fantastic and the live entertainment featuring award-winning Canadian blues artist, Shakura S’Aida, was nothing short of phenomenal.

Swiss-German, French and English speaking Shakura is a five time Maple Blues Award Nominee and has performed all around the country. She truly blew us away. Our guests also enjoyed raffle items, a silent auction, an open bar, dance area and a silks performance by Caitlyn Haley.

Women’s Resource Center President and CEO, Ashley Brown, and Co-Chairs Dean Hastings and John Seeley were thrilled with the more than 335 people in attendance to support our cause.

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We would to thank:

Event Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor, Nextgen, B-Town Blues Sponsor, Publix Super Markets, Blues Brothers Sponsor, MedOne, Beale Street Sponsors, Homes by Towne, Horizon Insurance, Lakewood Ranch Commercial, Manatee Memorial Hospital, Manatee Printers, Mark Green and Carl Langford, Mauldin & Jenkins, Mott & Associates, Suncoast Gems, Blue Angel Sponsors, Amerson Landscaping, Clearview Land Design P.L., Sex Imaging, Duncan Real Estate, Fathers Design, Fidelity Bank, First Watch, Geneva Financial LLC., KX Wholesale Seafood, MCR Health Services, Tilden & Prohidney P.L.

Co-Chairs: Dean Hastings, John Seeley

Committee Members: Jaymie Carter, Nancy Christian, Cindy Daughtrey, Kellyann Dixon, Mark Green, Ruthann Halay, Dylan Howell, Pauldie Howrigan, Laurie Lawrence, Eleni Sokos, Kelly Strausbaugh, Rosie Stewart, Dottie Turner, Bethany Willats, Abbie Wonnell

We would also like to thank the countless volunteers.


Our goal is to engage, educate, enrich and empower women of all ages. We could not have asked for a better evening and crowd to celebrate our mission. Deja Blues 2018 was a huge success, and we are so grateful. Until next year.