Music, music and even more music, great weather, friends and food were brought together on Saturday at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe to make the fifth annual "Cruise to the Music" festival a great success. There were vendors selling candles, jewelry items, princess attire, hula hoops and more. There was information on greyhound rescue and several dogs to meet who needed a forever home by Pocono Greyhound Association. There were also children's activities, including a face-painting artist who was raising funds for Carbon County Friends of Animals.

For many, the 10-hour festival was a place to meet up with their friends and for other, it was all about the music. The event offered spectacular live entertainment music throughout the day.

The car cruise featured the Jukebox Cruisers, a local car club, which featured classic, antique and special interest vehicles.

The free event had something for the entire family. said Donna Lennon co-organized the event with Dr. Lisa Bleicher, who was recently was named president of the United Way. Lennon is vice president.

Lennon said that Cruise to the Music is United Way of Carbon County's only fundraiser.

The 10 hours of music featured jazz, contemporary music, gospel, country rock, blues, dance music, youth rock and pop rock.

As part of the festival, there were strolling musicians, which were enjoyed by festival attendees throughout the park.

Sponsors for the event are CTC Manufacturing, Jim Thorpe National Bank, Vertical Creative Group, A World of Travel, Viamedia, Kessler Creative, Jim Thorpe Auto Rentals, Mauch Chunk Trust Co., and Dr. Lisa Bleicher Family Chiropractic.

The United Way of Carbon County helps fund many nonprofit agencies in Carbon County through employee payroll contributions, donations, fundraising events and grants. These agencies provide health and human services to those most in need in the local community.

For donations, volunteers or questions, contact Bleicher at [1] or phone 570-242-2466 or Lennon at [2] or call 570-225-6788.

All proceeds from the festival will benefit over 24 local agencies.