Thank you to all the artists and fans that engaged in the Day of Service and Community Connection in Jamaica! When Positive Legacy ran our needs assessment in Ocho Rios, we found that gang violence was a major issue throughout the community. We partnered with Two Wheels, One Love, an organization that engages kids in BMX bike riding as a social and physical outlet, teaching them life skills while keeping them busy and out of gangs.
The group went to the Two Wheels, One Love sports head quarters where we saw the kids ride their BMX bikes. We worked hard to resurface and improve the course, painted a mural and planted lots of new vegetation on the property. We than ventured to James Bond Beach for a traditional Jamaican BBQ lunch, sports games with the local Jamaican kids, swimming and incredible performances by Jam Cruise musicians! We thank Matt Butler, Love Canon, Katelyn and Laurie Shook (Shook Twins), Lebo and Friends featuring Todd Stoops, Steve Kimock, Roosevelt Collier, Reed Mathis, Vinnie Amico for making our time on the beach so spectacular!
Positive Legacy has provided a $15,430 grant to Two Wheels, One Love to continue their youth outreach and engagement efforts in Ocho Rios. Funds raised at the Day of Service support this grant and will help reduce gang involvement within the local youth.
PHOTO CREDIT: Jason Koerner
Our heart felt thank you to Matt Butler for orchestrating an improvisional journey in commemoration of the Positive Legacy and Greening achievements on Jam Cruise 15! We thank all the performing artists who made the music so memorable: Al Schnier (moe.), Steve Berlin (los Lobos), Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz (ALO), Rob Derhak (moe.), Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee), JoJo Hermann (Widespread Panic), Katelyn and Laurie Shook (Shook Twins), Shira Elias (Turkuaz), Michelangelo Carubba (Turkuaz), Josh Schwartz (Turkuaz) and Jay Starling (Love Canon). It was truly an inspirational and entertaining set!
PHOTO CREDIT: Showlove Media, John Ryan Lockman
We would like to thank everyone who bid in our charity auction! Winners of the silent auction took home autographed photos donated by Dave Vann & Josh Timmerman, a custom Jam Cruise watercolor painting, custom Super Rad Cape, and many more exciting items! A special thanks to Percy Hill for performing during the silent auction!
The live auction was successful in raising funds for our beneficiaries, so we thank those so placed bids on the guitars & drumhead autographed by all of the Jam Cruise 15 artists!
PHOTO CREDIT: Jay Koeler
Thank you Jam Cruise patrons who traveled responsibly, by helping us offset the emissions impact which our wonderful cruise boat outputs. Its not too late to contribute $15 to treeswaterpeople.org to make your positive impact!
Positive Legacy partners with Trees, Water & People for our carbon offsetting efforts, which supports a community tree nursery that is producing 10,000 trees a year for rural communities in Central America and Haiti, providing the sequestration of thousands of tons of carbon dioxide emissions.