Rex Foundation: $100K In New Grants


Keller Williams
Furthering a tradition of grassroots giving, the Rex Foundation, a charitable organization originally founded by members of the Grateful Dead, announced its 2009 awards and grants, totaling $100,000, to 25 programs working to meet challenging issues with innovative, bold solutions. Rex also announced details of upcoming events in support of the foundation’s work, featuring Keller Williams, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Moonalice, Cubensis, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.

Project Avary received the 2009 Jerry Garcia Award, designed to honor and support groups that work to encourage creativity in young people, while Asylum Access is this year's recipient of the Bill Graham Award, given to those working to assist children who are victims of political oppression and human rights violations.

In addition, the following programs received grants from the Rex Foundation to support their important work:
ALICE (Arts & Literacy in Children’s Education)
Boston Arts Academy
Bridgeport School District Music Programs
Burners Without Borders
Committed Partners for Youth
Detroit Lakes Public Schools
Eyak Preservation Council
Girls on the Run Napa Valley
Grey Fox Educational Fund
Handful Players
International Accountability Project
The Monterey Bay Hotel Workers Relief Fund of ACTION Council
Music in Schools Today
Old Library Studio
O’Neill Sea Odyssey
Preston High School
Richmond College Prep Preschool
Tryon Life Community Farm
Wildlife Associates
Women’s Earth Alliance

Support of these smaller, grassroots organizations has become even more vital considering the economic challenges of the past year. More information on this year’s grant recipients is available here.

The Rex Foundation is a unique organization in that its support comes from benefit concerts, silent auctions, and generous giving. Upcoming Rex Musical Caravan events include:

November 21, 2009
Keller Williams
Great American Music Hall
San Francisco, CA

November 29, 2009
"Thanks for Giving" with New Riders of the Purple Sage and Moonalice
Great American Music Hall
San Francisco, CA

November 29, 2009
The Mint
Los Angeles, CA

December 13, 2009
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
The Fillmore
San Francisco, CA

Each event includes a pre-concert reception for Rex supporters. For details on these events, please go here.

About the Rex Foundation:
Members of the Grateful Dead formed the Rex Foundation in the fall of 1983 to further a tradition of generosity and concern that evolved in the culture surrounding Grateful Dead concerts. The Rex Foundation aims to help secure a healthy environment, promote individuality in the arts, provide support to critical and necessary social services, assist others less fortunate than ourselves, protect the rights of indigenous people and ensure their cultural survival, build a stronger community, and educate children and adults everywhere.

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