Donata has long been a destination for local business owners.
It has hosted many concerts and has hosted a few festivals.
But this year, the community is donating a chunk of the town’s budget to help out its local businesses.
“The people here are very committed and want to help us.
They don’t like the noise.
They like to live here,” said Donata Mayor Roberta Perez.
Perez said the community will be giving back more than the money they’re already making from its music and arts festivals.
The city’s music festival, “Rise Above,” is the biggest fundraiser for the community, which is hosting more than 400 artists and musicians.
The festival has brought in more than $25,000 for the local community.
“I think it’s the community’s generosity that has really driven it to make this happen.
And they’re so generous,” said Perez.
The village will be donating its own money, but Perez said they’re looking for sponsors.
They’ll be donating to the nonprofit, “Donations” which focuses on local charities and other non-profits.
Donata’s mayor says the village’s music and art festival, Rise Above, is one of the biggest fundraisers for the village.
He says Donata’s music festivals bring in about $25K a year.
The music festival has had more than 1,500 people attend and has grown to over 400.
Donato’s local business owner, John Mims, said he is glad to see the community giving back.
“This is a place that was built around the music and music festivals and it’s a great place for people to come,” said Mims.
The local businesses, like the pizza shop and the bar, are still a local draw, but they’re getting a boost from the community.
Mims says they’ve been able to get some of their employees back to work.
The Village of Donato will be hosting a “Donatas Crib” event on Saturday at 6 p.m.
It’s open to the public and will feature the local bands.
Donatat’s Mayor, Roberta Mims is thankful to the local businesses for helping to make Donata a place where people can come and enjoy their community.