On Saturday Dec 5th, Holidaze fans joined the Positive Legacy Team for a special day with the children of Veron, a community that we have been working with for the past five years. Our day started with a nice boat ride out to view the reef restoration project that the Punta Cana Ecological Center has recently launched. It was a beautiful day for a boat ride and snorkeling plus Marc Brownstein of The Disco Biscuits and Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee were onboard with us. Next we enjoyed local BBQ at the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation’s facilities, while being treated to live local music with a special guest appearance by the Lettuce horn section. Lastly, we took an educational tour of the sustainable projects on-site before returning to the resort for the sunset set. This day of service was all about giving the local children an experience of music and environmental connections. We hope this day inspired some of the local children to become stewards of the important natural resources in this area.
Positive Legacy and the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation have teamed up to make some major improvements to the community of Veron over the past five years through the Fuentes de Vida Project. We have constructed a natural waste water treatment system and a clean water distribution system for the 500 residents in this area. Our partnership project has been recognized by the government of Dominican Republic as an award winning project and has met our goal to create a model for the region to implement in years to come.
Thank you to all of you who participated in our day of service and made it a memorable and impactful day for these local children. Big thanks to all the musicians and their families that joined us. We are humbled by your deep involvement in our projects and support for Positive Legacy.
We are pleased to announce that Positive Legacy was able to raise just over $15,000 in this year’s charity auction! It was the best auction to date at Dominican Holidaze! Auction proceeds will support Positive Legacy’s environmental & humanitarian projects such as the Fuentes de Vida project. Thank you to all of you who purchased an auction. A special thank you to the musicians for supporting the auction with special one of a kind items. In addition, many thanks to the patron artisans that donated their time and talents to helping our cause!
Thank you to everyone that donated to the Positive Legacy donation drive this year! The donations collected during Dominican Holidaze were ,disbursed to the local medical clinics and schools in Veron, Dominican Republic. With Items ranging from backpacks, pencils, notebooks, crayons to gloves, masks, swabs, and bandages – YOU were able to make a huge impact on the community’s quality of life. We thank you for that!
A special thank you must go out to this year’s host Marc Brownstein for creating a challenging and fun BINGO afternoon benefitting Positive Legacy. Thank you to all of you who joined in the fun and supported the cause!
Positive Legacy and Trees, Water & People made it easy to travel responsibly, by offsetting the emissions from your travel to the Dominican Republic for Dominican Holidaze. We appreciate those that donated $15 to the carbon offset program, which supports a community tree nursery that is producing 10,000 trees a year for rural communities on the north coast of Haiti, providing the sequestration of thousands of tons of carbon dioxide emissions. If you were unable to offset you footprint at the event, please take this opportunity to feel empowered post event and leave your own positive legacy from Dominican Holidaze by visiting http://www.treeswaterpeople.org to make a donation!
Positive Legacy has Partnered with the Punta Cana Ecological Foundation since 2012. With the help from fans like you, we have been able to donate just over $50,000 to contribute to the construction of a Natural Waste Water Treatment facility and a clean water distribution system to the community of Veron near Punta Cana. The waste water treatment facility utilizes grasses and native plants to naturally extract toxins in the water. This is a natural system that will likely be duplicated in areas around the Caribbean! The completion of the natural waste water treatment facility which took place in 2014 is step one in the three step plan to provide a sustainable water system to the 500 residents of this area called Domingo Maiz. Once Positive Legacy and their partners have seen this five-year project through the residents will have a functional waste water treatment facility, a solid waste management system, and safe drinking water. We hope that on completion this area will then provide other communities with a model of how to create these essentials in their own community.