A very special thank you to Matt Butler for conjuring up the most epic EO performance ever to support our carbon offsetting efforts. Much appreciation to the following artists for their participation: Andy Goessling, Jans Ingber, Ben Thomas, Joel Cummings, Tim Carbone, Greg Loiacono, Eric Yates, Rob Koritz, Chuck Morris, Dave Watts, Jeff Coffin, Col. Bruce Hampton, Will Bernard, Justin Perkins, Luke Quaranta, David Pransky, Ryan Montblaeu, Debrissa McKinney, Bryan Horne, Suzy Q, Lee Oskar and the conductor Matt Butler! If you missed this incredible performance you can still listen to the magical music by purchasing the Cruise Tunes from the show.
Upon doing a needs assessment in 2009, the Positive Legacy team learned that the South East Saint Ann Constituency in Jamaica had a dream to start a marching band in their community…but they couldn’t afford the instruments. In partnership with Music Matters (www.musicmatters101.com), a music education company based in Atlanta, Georgia, Cloud 9 Adventures donated a full set of instruments needed to realize the dream. Thank you to Music Matters for making this possible!
Over 140 passengers and artists on Jam Cruise 8 in early 2010, joined the Positive Legacy team on Grand Cayman for a day of education, music and fun in the sun to benefit REEF – the Reef Environmental Education Foundation. Participants learned of REEF’s efforts to protect threatened grouper spawning habitat and eradicate the invasive lionfish species, and what divers, snorkelers, and fish consumers can do to aid in those efforts. And while the ocean was too dangerous to snorkel or scuba that day, all enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of ocean side sunshine listening to musical performances by Ryan Montbleau, Hot Buttered Rum (Aaron Redner, Bryan Horne, Erik Yates, Nat Keefe), Tim and Nicki Bluhm (Mother Hips), and Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth). Thanks to all who participated in this benefit event!
This year’s Jam Cruise 8 auction raised nearly $17,000! These proceeds will fund our Greening and Positive Legacy activities and programs. A great big thank you to all who donated items and placed bids.
Proceeds from the auction conducted on Jam Cruise 4 in 2006, were donated to our greening partner Rock the Earth. Rock the Earth is a not-for-profit, national public interest environmental organization dedicated to protecting and defending America’s natural resources through partnerships with the music industry and the world-wide environmental community.
To offset carbon emissions from Jam Cruise 4 in 2006 and from passenger travel to and from Fort Lauderdale, Jam Cruise formed a partnership with Trees for the Future to plant trees in the region we traveled through. CO2 (carbon dioxide) is produced from burning fossil fuels; trees absorb CO2 and produce oxygen through photosynthesis. Planting trees is the most cost-effective way to take CO2 out of the atmosphere. Donations from Cloud 9 and Jam Cruise 4 passengers allowed Trees for the Future to plant 52,000 trees in Jamaica and the Yucatan Peninsula! These trees will continue to do their job of reducing CO2 in the global atmosphere for many years to come! We left a positive legacy in the Caribbean by making Jam Cruise 4 “carbon neutral.”
More than 100 passengers and musicians visited the Rural Retreat Community Center in Claremont, Jamaica for a day of celebration on Jam Cruise 8 in early 2010. Nearly $25,000 worth of goods were donated including musical instruments to start a marching band, a commercial weed whacker to keep the soccer fields mowed, soccer uniforms and cleats for several teams, school supplies and back packs, laptop computers with wireless cards to start a community computer lab, tables and chairs to outfit the community center, and the list goes on. Our warmest heartfelt thanks to LEBO, who painted an enlivening mural for all to see on the wall of the Center; Toubab Krewe and special guests who played a set and jammed with the locals; Ice Cream Man for trekking into the hills to give away free ice cream to all the children; and last but not least, the Jam Cruise passengers who contributed along with all of the members of the community in Jamaica who made this day so beautiful!
Many families in Jamaica struggle to afford the basic necessities, much less luxuries such as school supplies. Approximately 200 Jam Cruise 8 passengers donated school supplies to the South East Saint Ann Civic Committee in early 2010, for distribution to the children in their district. Thank you for your generosity!
The silent auction at Caribbean Holidaze raised the funds to purchase a professional grade weed whacker, and Jam Cruise delivered the Husqvarna 335FR brush cutter when while visiting the Community Center on January 5, 2010. Now the community can play soccer whenever they want without having to borrow a weed whacker to mow the field.