Rex Foundation Receives Major Gift & More News

The Rex Foundation has recently received a major gift of $550,000, having been designated as the primary beneficiary of the estate of David Thorberson. Needless to say, this extraordinary contribution provides a tremendous boost to support Rex endeavors.  Please click here to read more about this gift and the person behind it.  All of us at Rex are deeply honored by David's recognition of our work as being worthy of his bequest.

On January 23rd I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Bruce Latimer Show of Pacifica Community Television.  Bruce was interested in learning more about how the Rex Foundation carried on after the passing of Jerry Garcia and the end of Grateful Dead touring, and also wanted his audience to gain knowledge of Rex work.  Click here to see the video of this interview.

As noted in the discussion with Bruce, it is because of the generous support of so many of you that the Rex Foundation has carried on successfully, with a new total of $8.8 million in grants to over 1,000 grassroots programs.  Exemplifying this support is the continual expansion of the Rex Musical Caravan, with musicians in different parts of the country including Rex as a charitable component of their performances.  Here are current Caravan initiatives that you can take part in to enjoy great music while also supporting Rex:

  • Dogpatch Junction has designated several shows of their current tour as Rex Musical Caravan events. Here are the details.
  • Keller Williams just released KEYS, his second benefit album for Rex.  We welcome hearing your reviews of the download.  Our homepage features the album and links to all the details to purchase the music.
  • On Saturday, March 22nd at Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ, the Reflections Band, with acoustic band McMule play for Rex.  The Reflections Band is now in its 5th year on the Rex Musical Caravan!

The generosity and care reflected in this message, along with your steadfast contributions, whether $5, $50, $500, $5,000 or whatever amount, are making it possible for Rex to continue to have positive impacts in the community, such as that expressed in the letter from Jim Billington of Hidden Wings.  We are grateful and look forward to continually demonstrating all the good that comes from our connection as a giving community.

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