Each December Warren
Haynes presents his annual Christmas
Jam concerts in his hometown of Asheville, NC with the aim of raising funds for the Asheville Area Habitat For Humanity. Today,
Haynes presented a check for a whopping $500,000 from the proceeds of last year's
Christmas Jam to the charity.
[Photo via Asheville Habitat For Humanity on Facebook]
Last year's 25th annual Christmas Jam was a two-day event that featured the likes of The
Phil Lesh Quintet, Gregg Allman, Widespread Panic, the Aquarium Rescue Unit and Grace
Potter & The Nocturnals. There were lots of factors leading to today's massive donation.
“We did well with merchandise and we were able to keep the expenses down due to a lot of
volunteers,” Haynes told the Citizen-Times, who added that a partnership with Sierra Nevada Brewing
and a pay-per-view web stream also led to the $500,000 donation. All told, Haynes has
donated $1.8 million to the Asheville Area Habitat For Humanity.
This afternoon's ceremony took place at a Habitat community dubbed "Habitat's Hudson
Hills," which the Citizen-Times notes is named for Warren's three-year-old son. We love
that the main street within the neighborhood is called "Soulshine Court" in honor of
Haynes' signature song. Asheville Habitat chairman Lew Kraus told the Citizen-Times that
the donation is the biggest the organization has ever received and will be used to help
build homes on a 25-lot subdivision in town.
[Published on: 7/25/14]