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AnnaBananza Music Festival in Cotati helps Shelterless People

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Sunday, August 16 in La Plaza Park, Cotati

 AnnaBananza Music Festival 

By Marsha Kopral

Moonalice will headline the second annual AnnaBananza Music Festival benefitting Neighbors Organized Against Hunger (NOAH) and Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) at La Plaza Park in Cotati on Sunday, August 16, 2015. Gigasaurus Rex, The Hangar Band, and Dorothy Lane will also perform. Food will include gourmet sausage sandwiches, veggie burgers prepared by Amy’s Drive Thru, super nachos and Julio’s paella. Lagunitas, Woodfour, 3rd Street Aleworks plus other local beers will be available for purchase. There will also be a tent serving a wide range of Sonoma County wines.

This is a family friendly event which includes activities for kids. Admission to the festival is free. 

AnnaBananza is an annual event held in memory of Anna Bachman, a Cotati native, who died in an accident in January 2014. Anna was dedicated to providing affordable housing for vulnerable community members. Bachman worked at Habitat for Humanity for two years prior to enrolling in a Master’s Program in Urban Planning and Policy, and spent much of her time working on community development in the Bay Point area. In recognition and support for Anna’s passion and goals, her family and friends created AnnaBananza in 2014.

“We are touched by Anna’s story and grateful to have the opportunity to celebrate her life alongside her family,” said COTS Director of Community Engagement Sarah Quinto. “Contributions to this event will make a huge difference in the lives of adults and kids who are homeless in Sonoma County.”

COTS provides programs and services that empower homeless families and adults to break the cycle of homelessness, transform their lives, and find housing for good. Founded in 1988, COTS has steadily grown from a small grassroots organization in Petaluma to serving over 2,200 people each year throughout Sonoma County with food, housing, and services. “COTS does more than provide hot meals and warm beds,” said COTS CEO Mike Johnson. “We provide a path out of homelessness – a hand up, not a handout.”

Information about the festival can be found on at www.annabananza.org