Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Rex Community Caravan

From JamBase:

Rex Foundation, a public charitable organization established in 1983 by friends and members of the Grateful Dead, is launching the Rex Community Caravan – its virtual vehicle for philanthropy. Individuals can make a difference with donations of $5 or more. Having raised the bar of grassroots grant-giving, the Rex Foundation Community Caravan kicked off the summer of 2005 with presence at various summer music festivals, such as Bonnaroo in Tennessee and the 10,000 Lakes Festival in Minnesota. In the fall, the Rex Foundation will host Black Tie-Dye Balls, in San Francisco, New York and Washington, D.C., to bring people together in local communities.

The Rex Foundation's Board of Directors include such luminaries as Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir and drummer Mickey Hart, President and CEO of Grateful Dead Productions Cameron Sears, Woodstock 1999 producer John Scher, and San Francisco's KFOG Radio Station disc-jockey Rosalie Howarth. As of Spring 2005, recent additions to the board are Stefanie Coyote, Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Commission, Steve Bernstein, Publisher of Relix Magazine and Andy Gadiel, Founder of JamBase.com. The Board of Directors identifies and approves grants for small organizations often overlooked by mainstream funding sources. Rex grants have often helped organizations at critical junctures in their development.

For over two decades, the Rex Foundation has been deeply rooted in the music community and the progressive efforts that have spawned from an inspired demographic. Since 1984, the Rex Foundation has granted $7.7 million to some 1,000 grassroots programs across the U.S. and around the world in support of the environment, the arts, education, social and economic justice. As social, environmental and educational programs suffer from a lack of adequate funding, the Rex Foundation creatively attracts dedicated supporters and remains at the forefront of grassroots giving. The Rex Community Caravan provides the opportunity for thousands of people to collectively further what the Grateful Dead and their fans started at the first Rex benefit concert in 1984.
Look for the Rex Community Caravan and a Black-Tie-Dye Ball event at a music festival or concert hall near you! Help spread the word of an ongoing Grateful Dead tradition of generosity and concern to help others.


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