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Rex Foundation Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Phil @ Rothbury - photos by Amanda- for the Grateful Web

The Rex Foundation, founded by the Grateful Dead in 1983, celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year and continues to support community organizations through the art of giving. In September, the Rex Foundation donated $72,500 to 13 grassroots charities, marking a total of $1 million in grants since its renewal in 2001 in the absence of direct Grateful Dead concert funding.

Ali Akbar College of Music received this year's Ralph J. Gleason Award, named in honor of the pioneering music critic and chronicler of San Francisco's music scene. The mission of the Ali Akbar College of Music is to teach, perform and preserve the classical music of North India. The Rex grant of $10,000 will go to support the Library and Archive Project, which will house the ongoing collection of Ali Akbar Khan and his college in order to make it accessible to students, scholars, and music lovers.

All Stars Project, San Francisco Bay Area received the Jerry Garcia Award, honoring the Grateful Dead's late guitarist. This group brings to California's Bay Area the All Stars "performatory" approach to inner-city youth development. The $10,000 grant will help ASP create outside-of-school, educational and performing arts activities for poor and minority young people.

The Beat Within is this year's recipient of the Bill Graham Award, honoring the memory of the legendary concert promoter and philanthropist. The Beat Within provides incarcerated youth the means for self-expression and positive connection with their community through weekly writing and conversation workshops and weekly publication of their writing and art; the $10,000 grant from the Rex Foundation will further their work.

In addition, 10 grassroots groups received smaller grants; see the accompanying page for a full listing.

Since its foundation in 1983, the Rex Foundation has granted $8.4 million to over 1,000 recipients, primarily grassroots non-profit organizations likely to be under the radar of larger funding entities.  Continuing to embody the spirit of generosity and concern that evolved in the culture surrounding Grateful Dead concerts, the Rex Foundation seeks to include and engage many people with activities that honor the spirit of community, service and creativity.

Rex Foundation: New Grants, Upcoming Events & More

support the Rex Foundation- for the Grateful Web

The Rex Foundation recently distributed $72,500 in grants, including the 2008 Jerry Garcia, Bill Graham and Ralph J. Gleason Awards.  With these, we have now donated over $1 million since December 1, 2001, the launch of the Rex Foundation's renewal in the absence of direct Grateful Dead concert funding.  In this 25th Anniversary year, let's celebrate the $8.4 million grants to over 1,000 grassroots programs, reflecting our collective power to keep furthering what the Grateful Dead started!

With all the current financial tumult, now is the time for Rex's philanthropic community to show its strength.  Please join Rex at their upcoming benefit concerts to connect with kindred spirits and enjoy great music.  Help Rex continue supporting grassroots programs that are doing the vital work toward a healthy environment with thriving communities:

Saturday, November 29th, a Black Tie-Dye Ball with Dark Star Orchestra at the Nokia in New York City.  Enjoy a pre-concert party, mingling with the musicians, great concert seating and premium balcony access.  Click here for details.  Help us celebrate the month-long DSO Rex Caravan Tour on the East Coast, where $1 of every ticket sold is contributed to the Rex Foundation.

Saturday, December 13th, our 25th Anniversary Black Tie-Dye Ball at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco.  Save the date for this very special evening of music.  Details will follow soon.

Read their just-published newsletter Perspectives on The World As It Could Be to gain new insights and inspiration about how we can, individually and collectively, visualize and move toward a global community that promotes hope and justice for all, while being economically and environmentally sustainable for generations to come.  With the imminent November 4th election, we hope the writings encourage voting and support for continuing civic engagement.

Check out the video of this year's original performance called The World As It Could Be - Where There's A Will There's A Way, created by the youth of the Destiny Arts Center Performance Troupe.  Because of the success of this performance and overall creative project, Rex is now working with Balboa High School in San Francisco to create pilot curriculum on using the creative arts to deepen the teaching of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as part of the overall The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Project.  This is all possible because of the support of project sponsors and your generous contributions.

All that Rex is doing is captured by the Rex Community Caravan, their virtual vehicle for traveling together to connect the arts, community and grassroots philanthropy.  Your contributions and participation in their events make all the difference!  Help them celebrate.  Let's show how contributions of $5 or more add up quickly and how we can, together, further what the Grateful Dead started for another 25 years

The Mimi Fishman Foundation Launches Charity Auction Featuring the Return of Phish

Phish Hampton Tixs- for the Grateful Web

It's no surprise the new Mimi Fishman Foundation Charity auction includes items based on the return of Phish to the stage. Three amazing Phish Hampton packages are featured in the auction that benefits the Delta Gamma Center for Children With Visual Impairments.

The Phish Hampton packages include 2 tickets to a Hampton show and a meet/greet Jon Fishman for the winner and one guest. The winner will also be handed a drumstick that Fishman used during the show as well as a signed drumhead.

The auction concludes November 6, 2008 and features:

· Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead) & Friends Signed Posters
· Crosby Stills & Nash Signed Posters
· Jack Johnson Signed CD's
· Umphrey's McGee New Years Eve VIP Ticket Package
· String Cheese Incident Signed Posters
· Disco Biscuits Signed Poster (Pollock)
· And more...

To view and/or bid on the auction, as well as read about the charities the auction supports, please visit the Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction Page.

Rex Foundation: Black Tie Dye Ball, Musical Caravan Shows & More

Black Tie-Dye Ball with DSO - photo by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Rex Musical Caravan keeps growing with upcoming events, community fundraisers, festival presence and great success with Rex Jams at recent summer festivals, all demonstrating the musical community's support of the Rex Foundation.  Check out all that is happening and join in for the great music, fun connections and celebrations of our 25th anniversary:

    * Donna Jean & the Tricksters, Saturday, September 20th, Knitting Factory, NYC - Come early for the pre-concert reception with musicians, food, drinks, and VIP Balcony access.  Click here for ticket details.

    * Black Tie-Dye Ball with Dark Star Orchestra on Saturday, September 27th, Henry Fonda Theater, Hollywood, CA

Be part of this fun evening featuring a pre-concert reception with the artists, food, drinks, goody bags and local area entertainment.  And, there will be a silent auction.  Click here for more details, including how to purchase reception tickets if you already have your concert ticket and to check out the local area programs designated to receive proceeds from the event.

    * New Riders of the Purple Sage, Tuesday, September 30th, The Blue Nile, New Orleans, LA.

The Rex Foundation has given over $20,000 in Katrina relief since 2005.  We are pleased to celebrate our first fundraising event in New Orleans with our good friends the New Riders of the Purple Sage - a pre-concert reception with the musicians, finger foods, drinks, and concert tickets.  Due to the recent hurricane weather in the New Orleans area, ticketing for this event is not yet available.  Please check out our website next week for updated information and ticket links.

Blue Turtle Seduction is on board the Musical Caravan, helping raise funds for the Rex Foundation during their Human Rights Awareness tour September 19th - November 2nd.   All shows during this tour are free to students and help raise awareness for human rights.

Dark Star Orchestra Rex Musical Caravan Tour - Join Dark Star Orchestra as they travel on the Rex Musical Caravan through their East Coast tour between November 7 and December 6th, where $1 of every ticket sold supports the Rex Foundation.   We'll have a celebratory Black Tie-Dye Ball on Saturday, November 29th, at the Nokia Theater in New York City.  Stay tuned for more information regarding this event.  

The Rex Foundation is honored to be a designated recipient of proceeds from The Give Festival, taking place Saturday, September 20th in Philadelphia.  We hope all of you in the Philadelphia area will attend.

Rex Jam Success!

The Rex Foundation would like to thank everyone who has participated in the Rex Jams at the Mountain Jam, High Sierra, All Good, 10,000 Lakes, and the Gathering of the Vibes Festivals.   Thanks to everyone's generosity and great efforts, $10,709 was raised to help support local area music programs for youth.   For a complete recap, visit our 2008 Summer Festivals page.

Rex Foundation at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

The Rex Foundation is honored to be one of the non-profit organizations present at the upcoming Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival on October 3rd-5th in San Francisco, CA.   Stop by the Rex Foundation booth to find out more about our current activities and get on board the Rex Community Caravan.

Check out and post your comments on the Rex Blog!

Want to know what is happening in the world of Rex? Get involved with the Rex Foundation Blog by posting your comments to share your views on the topics presented.  Add the RSS feed to your favorite social network and let your friends know you are a proud supporter of the Rex Foundation.

Save the Date for our 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco on December 13th!  Details soon to come.

As we celebrate our 25th Anniversary we are reminded of the help we have been able to give thanks to generous supporters like you.  We are proud to travel on the Rex Community Caravan with everyone and continue our efforts through the power of community, service and the arts.

Rex Foundation: Black Tie Dye Ball w/ DSO – 9/27/08

photos by Mike Moran- for the Grateful Web

Dark Star Orchestra will be playing a benefit show for the Rex Foundation.  The show is taking place on September 27th, in Hollywood, California.

Festivities include:

Reception, Food, Drinks, Goodie Bags, Silent Auction, GA Balcony Seating and Concert Tickets: $150 & $500 (All but $60 is tax deductible)

Upgrade for Reception, with prior purchase of concert ticket:  $120 & $470

To order Reception and Concert Tickets call 415-561-3135 or download the ticket order form

Special Hotel Package offered by the Best Western Hollywood Hills only $129 per night (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) for Rex Supporters. Reservations: 323-464-5181 Toll Free: 800-287-1700. Ask for "Rex Foundation special rate" when making reservations.

Concert Tickets only: $30.00 available online at darkstarorchestra.net or goldenvoice.com

The Rex Foundation presented the first Black Tie-Dye Ball in Chicago in March 2004. Since then, there have Black Tie-Dye Balls in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Denver, Colorado. These festive occasions provide the opportunity to collaborate with gifted performers that care about the Rex Foundation and want to further what the Grateful Dead started 25 years ago. On September 27th, as at each Ball, enjoy a unique musical experience, while also celebrating each community's talent, enterprise and community spirit. Proceeds support local non-profit programs.

2008 marks the Rex Foundation's 25th Anniversary.   This Rex Musical Caravan's Black Tie Dye Ball is a great way to further a tradition of grassroots giving and demonstrate the power of community, service and the arts.

For more information, call 415-561-3134

New Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction Going On Now!

Up North Music and Art Festival - Meet and Greet Bobby- for the Grateful Web

The Mimi Fishman Foundation has launched another in their continuing series of on-line charity auctions.  The auction can be found at http://www.mimifishman.org/auctions

All proceeds from the auction will go to the Delta Gamma Center for Children With Visual Impairments as part of their capital campaign.  Specifically the money raised will be directed towards the Music Therapy room in the Centers new building.  The Music Therapy program supports children from birth to three years of age who are visually impaired.

The auction concludes July 22, 2008.  Auction items include:

·       Meet/Greet with Bob Weir and VIP Passes for the Up North Music Festival

·       Phish Posters

·       Dave Matthews Band Ticket/Pass Package

·       Mike Gordon Tix/Signed CD Package

·       Scramble Campbell Artwork

·       Signed Posters by moe. Tickets to moe.down

·       Phish Doniac Schvice Package

·       One-of-a-kind Red Rocks Michael Kang Memento (benefits Kang's "Our Future Now" charity)

·       And more…..

Rex Foundation: Summer Festivals, Limited VIP Tix & More

The Allman Brothers in support of Rex- for the Grateful Web

The Rex Foundation would like to thank the following festivals for including us as one of their non-profits at their 2008 Summer Festivals!   It is with collective efforts we are able to give back to the communities in their areas.  We encourage everyone to attend these festivals and tell them... Rex sent me!

The 2008 Rex Musical Caravan keeps growing and we still have a limited number of VIP tickets left for the upcoming summer shows where RatDog tours with Gov't Mule and then with the Allman Brothers Band.  Enjoy access to top-priced, reserved seating tickets at the shows listed below, while also supporting the Rex Foundation.  Each ticket price noted includes a $50 charitable contribution.

RatDog with Gov't Mule at the Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA

Wednesday, July 9th - SOLD OUT

Thursday, July 10th - SOLD OUT

RatDog with the Allman Brothers Band:

Wednesday, August 13th, Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY 

These tickets at $210 each include a special party before and during the concert with food and beverages, along with VIP Parking.  Theresa and Sandy look forward to seeing you and joining in on the fun.

Saturday, August 16th, Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA - $113 per ticket

Friday, August 22nd, Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands PAC, Canandaigua, NY - $115 per ticket

Saturday, August 23rd, Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ - $131 per ticket

Saturday, August 30th, Red Rocks, Denver, CO - $113 per ticket

Click here to order tickets or call the Rex Foundation office at 415-561-3134.

Check out Sandy Sohcot's blog posting about The World As It Could Be human rights education project.  Post your own comments and consider forwarding to others who might be interested in this project.

Keller Williams "Rex" Download Reviews?  If you have downloaded this album and have any comments, please post your review on the Rex blog page.  Rex is anxious to hear your thoughts.

Whether we cross paths at one of the Summer Festivals, Jones Beach or in cyberspace, we look forward to traveling the world of giving together with you.  Check out Rex's web site to see what you help make happen.  Climb aboard the Rex Community Caravan and together we can further what the Grateful Dead started in 1983.

Rex Foundation: Limited VIP Tix for Upcoming Summer Shows

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

The 2008 Rex Musical Caravan keeps growing, as we announce the availability of a limited number of VIP tickets for the upcoming summer shows where RatDog tours first with Gov't Mule and then with the Allman Brothers Band.  Enjoy access to top-priced, reserved seating tickets at the shows listed below, while also supporting the Rex Foundation.  Each ticket price noted includes a $50 charitable contribution.

RatDog with Gov't Mule at the Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA

Wednesday, July 9th - $115 per ticket

Thursday, July 10th - $115 per ticket

RatDog with the Allman Brothers Band:

Wednesday, August 13th, Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY - These tickets at $210 each includes a special party before and during the concert with food and beverages, along with VIP Parking.  Theresa and Sandy look forward to seeing you and joining in on the fun.

Saturday, August 16th, Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA - $113 per ticket

Friday, August 22nd, Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands PAC, Canandaigua, NY - $115 per ticket

Saturday, August 23rd, Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ - $131 per ticket

Saturday, August 30th, Red Rocks, Denver, CO - $113 per ticket

To order tickets call the Rex Foundation office at 415-561-3134.

Join us this Saturday, May 31st: New Monsoon with Special Guest Albino! At The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, where $1 per ticket sold benefits the Rex Foundation.   There will also be a silent auction of fun and unique items.

Click here for ticket details  |  Listen to New Monsoon on our Myspace page

This weekend (May 30-June 1), if you're at the Mountain Jam Festival, be sure to check out the Rex Jam during the RatDog performance that will demonstrate the power of the Rex Community Caravan.  Proceeds from the Rex Jam will support the Family of Woodstock music and arts program for youth.  This will be the first of a great summer of Rex Jams at upcoming festivals, all to be announced shortly.

Because of supporters like you, our combined efforts for positive social change, social justice and social responsibility can become a reality today and for future generations.  Check out our web site to see what you help make happen.  Climb aboard the Rex Community Caravan and together we can further what the Grateful Dead started in 1983.

New Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction Going On Now!

autographed Dave Matthews/Jack Johnson poster- for the Grateful Web

The Mimi Fishman Foundation has just launched a new on-line charity auction to benefit Conscious Alliance.

The Mimi Fishman Foundation has just launched a new on-line charity auction to benefit Conscious Alliance.

The auction, which runs through early June*, includes several festival VIP packages, as well as signed guitars and posters.

A sample of items include:

•       Rothbury VIP Package
•       Wakarusa VIP Package
•       All Good VIP Package
•       Umphrey's McGee Signed Guitar
•       Dave Matthews Band/Jack Johnson Signed Poster
•       Phil Lesh Signed Poster
•       Jam Cruise Signed Poster

To view and/or bid on the auction, please visit the Mimi Fishman Foundation Auction

* Note:  Bidding on all items end June 9 except for the Gathering of the Vibes VIP Package, which ends tonight, May 20, and the Wakarusa VIP Package, which ends Sunday, May 25.

Upcoming Rex Foundation Benefit Shows

Tea Leaf Green - photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

A new event has been added to the 2008 Rex Musical Caravan, where the community of musicians, fans, promoters and venue operators help support the Rex Foundation.  Join us for these special evenings of great music:

Friday, April 18th: Tea Leaf Green with Hot Buttered Rum at The Highline Ballroom in New York City, where $1 per ticket sold benefits the Rex Foundation. Tickets are on sale now.

Saturday, April 19th: Tea Leaf Green with Moonalice at The Highline Ballroom in New York City, where $1 per ticket sold benefits the Rex Foundation.  Tickets are on sale now.

NEW: Saturday, May 31st: New Monsoon with Special Guest Albino! at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, where $1 per ticket sold benefits the Rex Foundation.  Join us for a pre-concert reception and mingling with the performers.  Click here for pre-concert reception and ticket details.

Rex is pleased to announce that Theresa Reed-Hayle is the new Associate Director of the Rex Foundation.  Theresa brings depth of experience in event and artist management, along with tremendous enthusiasm for the Rex Foundation and its legacy, all that will contribute greatly in helping Rex carry out fundraising activities and communications.

On April 14th the second performance of The World As It Could Be - Where There's A Will There's A Way takes place at Oakland Tech High School in Oakland, CA.  This original dramatization about the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the will that is needed to manifest its words, is a recent initiative of the Rex Foundation.  The performance is one of three creative arts components carried out by Rex grantees under the direction of Ellen Sebastian Chang.  As part of this effort, we're working with Balboa High School in San Francisco, once attended by Jerry Garcia, to develop pilot curriculum that utilizes the creative arts to raise awareness of the UDHR.  Read more about this special project and its generous supporters.  And, you can post your comments about public school education and other topics on the Rex Foundation blog.

Look at page 41 of the April/May 2008 Relix Magazine that's in newstands now and available on-line to see the full-page Rex Foundation 25th Anniversary thank-you to the musical community for all their support.   

Check out Rex Community Connections to learn about upcoming activities of Rex beneficiaries and other community connections, in this case, recent Jerry Garcia Award winner Jazzmasters Workshop, Ambassadors of Hope & Opportunity and Wavy Gravy's special birthday.

Rex is immersed in planning summer festival participation, benefit events across the country, a new website design and more.  Rex will be sharing more news soon.

As you read the details of these various announcements, enjoy viewing the positive achievements that your support makes possible.  We are connected as kindred travelers on the bus of the Rex Community Caravan, continuing to expand our grassroots philanthropic community.  Let's make this a breakthrough 25th anniversary year, moving those grant dollars way past the $8.3 million distributed so far, demonstrating our collective power to further what the Grateful Dead started in the fall of 1983.