07/17/08

Rex Jam Report – Summer 2008

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“Hi! My name is Elyce Turner, and I’m proudly representing the Rex Foundation and bringing a big hello from Sandy Sohcot and everyone at Rex.”

This is how I have introduced myself to several thousand people so far this summer, at Rex Jams across the country. The Rex Community Caravan has taken to the festival circuit in order to spread the word about how easy it is to be a philanthropist, and I have had the privilege of being a messenger of that word.

The Rex Jam is a special set of music that is performed by a band who has generously offered to give us special support at a festival. Before the band begins their set, we speak to the crowd to let them know what the Rex Foundation is, what we’ve been up to, and what we’d like to do on that day. We invite the people to get on board the Caravan, to which we are all connected by our love of music and understanding of the significance of community support, to create a positive difference for a local, grassroots organization which has been chosen by the festival coordinators. We then introduce the band and make our way through the audience with donation containers, asking people to contribute what they feel they can.

It sounds pretty straight forward. It is. We have learned a lot along the way, and we keep learning. There are amazing people involved in these activities and wonderful results from this process. We thought it would be important to share it with you – so keep your eyes peeled for the reports. They start here… now.