THE AVETT BROTHERS AT THE BEACH
Positive Legacy Recap From Avett Brothers at the Beach 2020
Positive Legacy is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to integrate music and service to benefit people and the environment. Working in conjunction with Cloud 9 Adventures, Positive Legacy coordinates service projects for destination events in many different countries. Fueled by the power of music, and a passion for sustainability, Positive Legacy strives to transcend cultural boundaries by learning about the needs and aspirations of the communities we visit and serving them with action from musicians and fans!
The 2020 Avett Brothers at the Beach guests showed up with enthusiastic support for Positive Legacy in many ways, including the following:
Day of Ecological Action & Sustainable Experience
This year we brought guests on an amazing adventure with local plastics and recycling education non-profit Proyecto Tortuga. Our day began with a super fun open air bus ride, where guests could see the passing towns, environment and the real Dominican Republic. We arrived at the river and waterfalls Salta de Anamuya and split into groups collecting various types of trash that have been left behind at the beautiful natural spot. Part of the grant with Proyecto Tortuga includes installing recycling and trash bins at this site, as well as a painted sign that encourages them to not leave their trash behind. After a morning of cleaning up the river banks, we enjoyed the natural space by swimming in the fresh, cool water.
We celebrated our successful morning by driving down the road to a ranch for a yummy lunch with local music and the incredible Dominican forest surrounding us on all sides. We want to thank everyone for making it a day to remember!
Positive Legacy Charity Auction
We are pleased to announce that Positive Legacy was able to raise over $30,000 in this year’s charity auction! Auction proceeds will support Positive Legacy’s continued environmental & humanitarian projects in Mexico, the Caribbean and the US. We want to specifically thank all the bands, photographers, and fans that donated items to make the auction such a success!
At The Derby
Name That Tune Bingo w/ Langhorne Slim
Thanks to Shakey Graves for hosting the inaugural 'At the Beach Derby' and to the guests who played silly games and those who helped race the horses to raise more than $700 for our efforts!
Positive Legacy Golf Tournament
We had an amazing turnout for the 'Avetts at the Green' Positive Legacy Golf Tournament. Forty-four players scrambled around the 18-hole Golden Bear course with the Hook/Jones/Broderick group taking top honors at eleven under. The tournament raised $2,500 for Positive Legacy’s regional projects.
Thank you to our BINGO host with the most Langhorne Slim for bringing on all the poolside silliness! We raised $3950 during this activity- making it the most successful bingo we have EVER had!
At The Beach 5K
Positive Legacy sends a big shout out to all the runners who helped us raise important funds while on vacation. Thanks to everyone who participated in the Peer to Peer campaign we were able to raise $2,245! Congrats go out to Nicol Auwaerter as the winner of the signed event poster!
The items you brought down and contributed were delivered to our local non-profit partner Vida Plena, where they will be distributed to a local school with over 800 children. We filled up 2 car loads of boxes of supplies, and we know they will go a long way to support these children. Thanks to everyone who stuffed their suitcases to donate!
Carbon Offset - Trees, Water & People
Positive Legacy and Trees, Water & People made it easy to travel responsibly by offsetting the emissions from your travel to the DR for Avett Brothers at the Beach. Since our partnership began in 2007, we have planted over 200,000 trees that sequester CO2 and have provided 500 clean cookstoves to reduce emissions from cooking with firewood, improving family health. We appreciate those that donated $15 to the carbon offset program, helps us fund these initiatives in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, 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 still feel empowered to leave your own Positive Legacy from 'At The Beach' by visiting treeswaterpeople.org to make a donation, because every party has an impact!
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Community Engagement & Sustainable Experience with Positive Legacy
Positive Legacy visited to the local community of Comunidad de Chemuyil for a day of cultural exchange, community service and celebration!
Our second visit to Chimuyil community has already proven to have had a lasting impact on the people and environment. We had a truly wonderful and hard working day creating a remarkable impact in a short period of time with fans & community members. Special thanks to Mike Marsh, the Avett Brother’s drummer, for joining us on our day of service and doing
some true manual labor using his hands to do some masonry work and pick up
trash! Activities included…
Beginning stages of a community center
Painted a colorful mural
Built a temporary raised trash collection pad
Planted fruiting trees
Painted signs for Xcacel National Park’s sea turtle preservation program
Throughout the entire afternoon we had interactive entertainment by local musicians along with traditional Mexican dancers. We also enjoyed a locally prepared meal for all guests on site.
Finally, we finished the afternoon at Xcacel, a local Sea Turtle Sanctuary Beach and Cenote for a swim and some sunshine. To conclude the interactive and cultural excursion hosted an informative discussion of future and current projects with our partners. We provided the opportunity for local children and adults to see and learn about the benefits of sustainable practices as we implemented the first step towards a community wide waste management systems. We hope to continue to lead by example while creating lasting improvements in this community and teaching as many as we can about the importance of sustainable practices.
The Positive Legacy Charity Auction
We are pleased to announce that Positive Legacy was able to raise over $40,000 in this year’s charity auction! Auction proceeds will support Positive Legacy’s continued environmental & humanitarian projects in the Mexico such as the computer and music learning center, as well as a trash and recycling center in Chimuyil. Thank you to all of the Avett Brothers at the Beach fans who bid in the auction. A special thank you to the musicians and their management, the fans/artists for supporting the auction with their custom donations, and Josh Timmermans and Dave Vann for their amazing photography. We had a special musical treat courtesy of Jill Andrews who provided the auction entertainment, and much appreciation goes out to Seth from Cloud 9 for guest auctioneering our live auction. This was one to remember!
Daily Activities Recap
Avett at the Links Golf Tournament:
We had a great day out on the golf course and the weather was phenomenal for the 22 players that set out to have fun and make a difference at the Hard Rock Golf Club. We raised $1,100 that will support Positive Legacy’s charitable programs and all who attended had a great time.
Poolside Music Bingo hosted by Tyler Williams (Head and the Heart):
A special thank you must go out to this year’s At The Beach players for creating a very entertaining BINGO afternoon benefiting Positive Legacy. Your participation made this year’s BINGO one of the best on record, raising over $1,800 towards our various programs in Mexico. Thanks for having fun in sun with us!
Thank you to everyone that donated toys, school and medical supplies to the Positive Legacy donation drive this year! The donations were graciously provided to our partners at Dream’s for Mayan Children for community distribution. Your donations will make many children’s lives a little brighter. We thank you for that!
Dream for Mayan Children Grant Update
Positive Legacy has been investing in various community projects in Mexico for the past 5 years. In October 2016, Positive Legacy awarded Dreams for Mayan Children a $9,400 grant to support better educational outcomes and complete necessary renovations for the U Sasil Kaan School in Campamento Hidalgo, Mexico. Campamento Hidalgo a small indigenous village with a population of 200 people located in the Eastern Yucatan Peninsula. It is a true living Mayan community, where ancient traditions still exist and the Mayan language is commonly spoken, but has mostly been forgotten by the outside world.
In 2017 Positive Legacy again partnered with Dreams for Mayan Children, awarding a $10,500 grant to create a Learning Center in the community of Nuevo Durango. Their mission is to cultivate a variety of classes including basic computer skills, English language development, music education and traditional trade workshop. This project also includes supplying the Learning Center with needed materials and supplies to enable it to operate at maximum capacity for the community. Providing a resource for remote communities to utilize for expanded youth development and continued adult education is paramount for the survival of the Mayan culture.
Ecology Program-expansion of the organic garden area
Music Classes – with primary and secondary teachers
Artesenia (Traditional Handcrafts)
Recap of our Positive Legacy Programs from At The Beach 2017
Day of Service with Positive Legacy
We had a meaningful Day of Service with our partner Dreams for Mayan Children in the near by traditional Mayan community, Dos Palmas! We broke out into groups and began the day by breaking ground to prepare the schools garden beds, then planted seeds and small plants for the children to watch grow and care for. The groups got on their way, some started a painting project in the school itself to make the classroom more bright and cheery, another group started a mural on the side of the school, while others cleaned up the grounds and a soccer field.
When our work was done, we headed down the road to a village area where we were greeted by a local musician, local crafts were being sold and a tortilla making class was underway. People were able to hop in a cenote for a dip in a gorgeous cavern like body of very refreshing water to cool off after all their hard work. We were then treated to a traditional Mayan lunch that was prepared by a local chef. We closed out the day with a traditional Temazcal ceremony and a musical performance by the school children. We would like to thank our partners for hosting us, the At The Beach fans for joining us and the community members for participating in this memorable day! You can enjoy more pictures HERE!
The Positive Legacy Auction Raised Just Over $30,000!
We are pleased to announce that Positive Legacy was able to raise over $30,000 in this year’s silent and live charity auction! The auction proceeds will go to support Positive Legacy’s environmental & humanitarian projects such as Dreams for Mayan Children. Thank you to all of the At The Beach fans who bid in the auction. A special thank you to the musicians and their management, the fan/artists for supporting the auction with their custom donations and to Josh Timmermans and Dave Vann for their amazing photography.
Donation Drive - Thank you all for donating!
Thank you to everyone that donated to the Positive Legacy donation drive this year! Some of the donations collected during At The Beach were disbursed to the children during our Day of Service and the remainder will be sent into rural communities in the interior of the Yucatan to children who aren’t able to attend school. Your donations will make their lives a little brighter and we thank you for that!
Name That Tune BINGO - Hosted by Seth Weiner
A special thank you must go out to this year’s hosts with the most, Seth Weiner for helping create a very entertaining game of pool side BINGO, an afternoon benefitting Positive Legacy. Many thanks to all of you who joined in for the fun and shenanigans while supporting a great cause.
In October 2016, Positive Legacy awarded Dreams for Mayan Children a $9,400 grant to support better educational outcomes and complete necessary renovations for the U Sasil Kaan School in Campamento Hidalgo, Mexico. Campamento Hidalgo a small indigenous village with a population of 200 people located in the Eastern Yucatan Peninsula. It is a true living Mayan community, where ancient traditions still exist and the Mayan language is commonly spoken, but has mostly been forgotten by the outside world.
In partnership with Positive Legacy, Dreams for Mayan Children’s Project Caring will address the community driven goals of building a block wall that will enclose the school, allowing the children to play safely and prevent vandalism, improve the school’s dining structure so they will have a clean & sanitary environment, as well as restore the basketball court and soccer goal posts. With the support of their families and teachers, we will create an appropriate space for their development so they have a better educational experience!
Dreams for Mayan Children is a small but dedicated group of people with a strong belief in giving the children the chance of a better future. They work to provide Mayan children and teachers with learning materials, build playgrounds and community infrastructure, provide volunteer opportunities and keep the Mayan language and culture alive in the Yucatan Peninsula where rural communities have very little or no support at all. For more information on DMC please visit their website HERE.