Panic en la Playa guests donated an incredible amount of school supplies and medical supplies to the community of Veron through the Positive Legacy Donation Drive. Thank you to all of you that saved room in your suitcases for these much needed supplies! The community of Veron also thanks you for your kind contributions!
On day 3 of Panic en la Playa guests were invited to join Positive Legacy for a day of service, celebration, and cultural connection. Guests traveled outside of the gates of The Hard Rock Resort to a community called Veron, near Punta Cana. This is a community that Positive Legacy has been working with for three years now and has also been able to donate just over $50,000 to help fund a Natural Waste Water Treatment facility and a clean water delivery system to residents. Panic en la Playa Tres guests visited this community last year when construction on the natural waste treatment system had just started. This year returning guests we were able to see the progress since their last visit and see the now completed and functioning natural waste water treatment system. This part of the Fuentes de Vida (sources of life) project that has now been completed is providing 500 Veron residents with waste water services to keep contamination out of the local aquifer. The day started with a tour of the system and an explanation on how the natural waste water treatment system works. Then guests and the local children played educational and interactive games together. While the games were going on some guests grabbed a paintbrush and painted the mural on the wall next to the water treatment system. Pretty soon the music from a local band started and everyone was learning how to dance to traditional Dominican music. After having a delicious, locally prepared lunch, everyone joined together with the children to do a community-wide trash pick-up. Positive Legacy will continue to work with the Punta Cana Ecological Center and their partners on the completion of this three-step project. Next up is providing safe drinking water to all residents in Veron. Thank you to all the fans that participated in this meaningful day.
Positive Legacy’s humanitarian and environmental projects are mostly funded from charity auction proceeds. In fact 100% of proceeds from the auctions go directly towards projects such as the Fuentes de Vida project in Veron. The Positive Legacy Charity Auction during Panic en la Playa was a huge success raising just over $42,000! For that past few years, Widespread Panic fans have been Positive Legacy’s number one auction supporters and contributors and we cannot thank you all enough for the continued support! Many thanks to Widespread Panic and the Panic en la Playa guests that donated items to the auction. Special thanks also goes to Paul Reed Smith, Scramble Campbell, Tim Hemphill, Jay Miller, Ian Rawn, Dave Vann, and Josh Timmermans for donating your talents to the Positive Legacy Charity Auction during Panic en la Playa.
Positive Legacy and Trees, Water & People once again were able to make it easy to travel responsibly, by offering an offsetting of the travel emissions for travel to the Dominican Republic for Panic en la Playa. Offset donations supported a community tree nursery that is producing 10,000 trees a year for rural communities on the north coast of Haiti, providing fruit, improved soil quality, timber and the sequestration of thousands of tons of carbon dioxide emissions over their lifetimes.