ONE BIG HOLIDAY
RECAP of our our Positive Legacy Programs During One Big Holiday 2018
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!
Check out all the GOOD Positive Legacy did at during One Big Holiday:
Day of Service & Cultural Connection with Positive Legacy
This year a team of One Big Holiday guests visited the Comunidad de Domingo Miaz to continue ongoing environmental projects. Our day began with an educational walk through of the waste-water filtration system installed by Positive Legacy and the community four years ago. Together we have worked on projects that clean wastewater before it returns to the aquifer. This has already reduced skin infections and other health issues seen in the community.
After the tour, we worked alongside community members to construct recycling stations, did a community wide cleanup, planted trees in the central park and painted a mural! After a day of work in the sun we settled in for the afternoon a lunch of fried chicken, sweet plantains and corn fritters served by community leaders, music from a local band. We all got a dance lesson to learn the local dances Meringue and Bachata, moves we could take back to the Woodstock Plaza.
It was a beautiful day of cultural connection, fun and sustainable practices. Thank you to everyone who came out to make this a “sold out” day of support for la Comunidad de Domingo Maiz! Together we are building a healthier environment for our children and the future!
The Positive Legacy Charity Auction
We are pleased to announce that Positive Legacy was able to raise $34,475 in this year’s charity auction! Auction proceeds will support Positive Legacy’s continued environmental & humanitarian projects in the Dominican Republic and across the Caribbean Sea. Thank you to all of the One Big Holiday 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. A special thank you goes out to Seth Weiner for auctioneering and making it an auction to remember.
Daily Activities Recap
Poolside Musical BINGO:
A special thank you must go out to this year’s OBH 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 $1,350 towards our various programs in the Dominican Republic.
Thank you to everyone that donated school or medical supplies to the Positive Legacy donation drive this year! The donations collected during One Big Holiday totaled twenty-two large boxes of supplies! The donations were provided to our partners in the community of Veron for community distribution. Your donations will make the children’s lives a little brighter and we thank you for that!
Offset Your Carbon Footprint
Positive Legacy and Trees, Water & People made it easy to travel responsibly, by offsetting the emissions from your travel to Punta Cana for One Big Holiday. We appreciate those that donated and your generosity helped to fund tree planting and clean cookstove construction in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Cuba. If you were unable to offset you footprint at the event, please take this opportunity to feel empowered post event and OFFEST YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT HERE…because every party has an impact!
For more information on our beneficiaries or programs, please visit our website: https://positivelegacy.com
Recap of our Positive Legacy Programs from One Big Holiday 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 Castaway 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 $29,000
We are pleased to announce that Positive Legacy was able to raise over $29,000 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 One Big Holiday 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.
Offset Your Carbon Footprint
Positive Legacy and Trees, Water & People also helped guests to travel responsibly by offsetting the carbon emissions from their travel to Port Canaveral for Holy Ship! These carbon offset donations help Guatemalan families reduce their firewood consumption by 50%, help Haitian families plant fruit trees that will nourish their kids and generate income, and help Honduran families switch from kerosene lanterns to clean solar lighting.
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 One Big Holiday 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!
Our Big BINGO - Hosted by Eric Mayers
A special thank you must go out to this year’s hosts with the most, Eric Mayers, My Morning Jacket Management, 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.
Positive Legacy Recap
My Morning Jacket's One Big Holiday 2015
Thank you to all of the One Big Holiday guests that saved room in your suitcases to bring school supplies for the Positive Legacy donation drive. We collected a great amount of supplies to donate to the local schools in the area of Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Day of Service & Cultural Connection
One Big Holiday guests were invited to join Positive Legacy as we continued our work towards the Urban Garden Initiative in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. The day of service took place at the ECOSUR Botanical Gardens where guests were able to get their hands dirty planting in the gardens. These gardens will serve as an educational foundation for the area and provide residents with starters for their personal gardens. After working in the gardens, everyone gathered for a locally catered lunch and some sweet sounds by the local musicians in the natural amphitheater. The day concluded with a tour of the Botanical Gardens where guests were able to see the natural jungle of Mexico and view the mangrove systems leading out to the ocean. Positive Legacy was able to grant Puerto Morelos $24,000 for their Urban Garden Initiative thanks to music fans like you! We are all looking forward to seeing how our legacy continues through the Urban Garden Initiative and hope to see the gardens multiplying throughout the community. Thanks to all of you who joined the day of service!
Positive Legacy was overwhelmed with the support from the fans and artists during the second annual My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday. We are pleased to report that the charity auction on the last night of One Big Holiday raised $39,000! Thanks to all of the guests that came out to bid on the unique items from One Big Holiday artists and local artists. 100% of proceeds from the Positive Legacy auctions go directly towards projects such as the Urban Garden Initiative in Puerto Morelos. Positive Legacy’s humanitarian and environmental projects are mostly funded from these charity auction proceeds. Special thanks goes to all of the bands for contributing to the auction and also Dave Vann and Josh Timmermans for providing wonderful photography for the auction.
Offset Your Carbon Footprint
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 Mexico for One Big Holiday. 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.
Positive Legacy Recap
My Morning Jacket's One Big Holiday 2014
January 26-30, 2014 - Riviera Maya, Mexico
Day of Service
Positive Legacy partnered with the Reef National Park of Puerto Morelos for an amazing Day of Service with One Big Holiday fans. We experienced the underwater wonders of the area by snorkeling in the reef, learned about the invasive species of lionfish, and got our hands dirty chipping wood & planting trees. Local students set up information stations about programs to reduce waste & sustain the coastal ecosystems of Puerto Morelos. The day ended with live music & dancing from local artists. Thank you to all who came along on this inspiring adventure!
Both the live and silent auctions at One Big Holiday were a huge success! We auctioned off two autographed guitars and dozens of photos donated by Ryan Mastro, Dave Vann & Josh Timmermans. All in all, we raised over $20,000 for future Positive Legacy projects!
Thank you to all of you who remembered to pack some school supplies & sports equipment in your suitcases this past week! These items were donated to two very appreciative local schools in Puerto Morelos. Your contributions will go to great use!
Thanks to everyone who participated in the charity poolside BINGO! We had a blast with the music trivia and gave out fun prizes. With you support we were able to raise $1,000 to support Positive Legacy projects and beneficiaries!
Gracias to One Big Holiday patrons who traveled responsibly, by offsetting the emissions from your travel to Riviera Maya for One Big Holiday! A $15 carbon offset donation helps a Guatemalan family reduce their firewood consumption by 50%, helps a Haitian family plant fruit trees that will nourish their children and generate income, and helps a Honduran family switch from Kerosene lanterns to clean solar lighting. If you haven’t already, it’s not too late to leave a positive impact on your Cloud 9 Adventure this year – offset your carbon footprint with Trees, Water & People!