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Jack Johnson donates to Lake Tahoe environmental groups

Claire Cudahy
ccudahy@tahoedailytribune.com
Jack Johnson has committed to matching donations up to $2,500 to The League to Save Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Rim Trail Association, Sugar Pine Foundation, and Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships.
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Jack Johnson is performing on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore this weekend, and as part of his longtime commitment to environmentalism, the “Banana Pancakes” singer is matching donations made to four local nonprofits this summer.

The Johnson Ohana Foundation — created by Johnson and his wife Kim using profits from his 2008 tour — supports environmental, art and music education. To date, the foundation has made $4 million in donations to 400 nonprofits worldwide. Johnson also launched the All At Once campaign in 2008, which encourages fans to be active in their communities. The campaign has since helped to raise more than $3.7 million for nonprofits.

Prior to his concerts at Harveys’ Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena, slated for July 28 and 29, the Hawaii-based singer committed to matching donations up to $2,500 to The League to Save Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Rim Trail Association, Sugar Pine Foundation, and Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships.

On the first day that this agreement was announced, the League reached its goal of $2,500 and has since far exceeded it. The other three organizations are nearing their donation goals.

“We were thrilled to receive notice that the Johnson Ohana Foundation was excited to support the League. Through their initial match, we were able to raise $8,500 to protect the lake,” said Erica Mirich, development director for the League.

“Jack Johnson is a role model that people can do well by doing good, and we’re excited to have his tour come to Tahoe. We’ll be at both shows, and we invite everyone attending the concerts to visit our Keep Tahoe Blue booth to find out how you can get more involved.”

Additionally, Johnson gave concert tickets to the organizations to be auctioned off for fundraising or donated to volunteers, and allowed for the organizations to host screenings of his environmental documentary, “The Smog of the Sea.”

“The Smog of the Sea” follows a week-long expedition the musician took through the Sargasso Sea, exploring the problem of plastic pollution in the ocean.

The next screening is scheduled for Thursday, July 27, at the Himmel Haus in South Lake Tahoe. The film starts at 9 p.m. after a social hour beginning at 8 p.m.

Donations can still be made to the four Lake Tahoe-based organizations through their respective websites.

Both the Friday and Saturday concerts at Harveys Outdoor Arena are sold out.

CORRECTION: This story originally stated the film screening started at 9 a.m. It has been changed to include the correct time.


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