CLOSER TO THE SUN
Thank you for leaving your Positive Legacy Closer fam! Your kindness and generosity was once again overwhelming! This week we accomplished so much for the local community.
You rolled up your sleeves and crushed the Sold Out Day of Service!
Together and in conjunction with Fundación RCD we gave a much needed facelift and infrastructure improvements to the Cadi Ejido school. Your hard work was inspiring!
We got our Bingo on with Fortunate Youth and raised over $1100.
Your School and Medical Supply donations filled 2 truckloads and will be distributed asap to local communities.
And to top off the best week ever, The Elovators brought us Closer for the biggest Auction Opener sing along yet!
Together the silent and live auction raised over $53,000!
Your hearts are as big as your love for music and we are so very grateful.
Closer to the Sun 2021 was one for the books!! After a year hiatus, fans were back and more ready than ever to leave a Positive Legacy. We hosted two sold out Day of Service shifts on the Hard Rock Hotel property, working alongside Mike’s Amazing, Fundación RCD, and 50 event guests to assemble more than 300 food and supply bags made from recycled hotel uniforms and curtains. Fans also showed up in full force to play musical Bingo with the one and only HIRIE, raising over $1,800 for our ongoing environmental and humanitarian projects. To top it all off, our friends the Common Kings played an acoustic set in the Hacienda Lobby on the last night of the event, bringing in swarms of guests just in time for the auction… and people were ready to bid! The combined live and online auctions raised a whopping $64,000 – making it our highest grossing auction in history! Fans that donated auction items were especially generous this year, so we want to give a special thanks to those who donated to and bid on items in the auction, everyone who hauled school and medical supplies to Mexico, and the guests that volunteered during the Day of Service. All in all, Closer to the Sun was a smashing success and we are already looking forward to next year!
CLOSER TO THE SUN RECAP (2014-2021)
Positive Legacy has worked with Closer to the Sun since 2014, raising over $193,000 to support local nonprofit organizations in Mexico!
Funds raised at CTTS have supported:
Assembling and distributed food and supply boxes for families in need throughout Quintana Roo
Xcacel Sea Turtle Sanctuary for park improvements, beach cleanups and to build housing for biologists
Building a community center that doubles as a schoolhouse and medical center in Central Vallarta
Supporting the Flora y Fauna community garden
Developing a community space for Casa de la Cultura in Puerto Morelos
An urban garden initiative in Puerto Morelos
In accordance with these grants, Positive Legacy has led seven Days of Service giving Closer to the Sun guests the opportunity to visit the project and get their hands dirty working on it themselves.
(2019) Day of Service guest Brooke from Denver shared with us: “I look forward to this day of service every time I come to Closer To The Sun :) So grateful to be a part of such an amazing group of humans! Thank you for taking such good care of us when we are away from the resort. Sooo much love!”
Another highlight of Closer to the Sun is the annual Name That Tune BINGO, which has been hosted by the likes of SOJA, Thievery Corporation, Dirty Heads, HIRIE & Pepper. In 2019, Positive Legacy also hosted the inaugural Closer to the Pin Classic Golf Tournament, and was honored to be joined by members of Fortunate Youth.
In addition to fundraising activities, Positive Legacy has collected donations each year from festival attendees to be distributed to small Mayan villages via our friends at Dreams for Mayan Children. Thanks to all the fans who have filled their suitcases with medical supplies, school supplies, and sporting goods for the donation drive!