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Posted By: Zack Darling Posted In: Events Date Posted: April 25th, 2013 Comments: Comments Off

“Find your medicine and use it…”

On April 12, an overflow crowd of hundreds gathered at HopMonk in Sebastopol to launch Little Tribe Children’s Foundation into the world. They were shaking the stones of the Abbey nightclub, dancing to the classic rock mash-ups dished out by DJ Zack Darling, followed by Wisdom, Tevya Jones and his great band of conscious hip-hop artists. MC See invited everyone to focus on the mission by raising high the Little Tribe hand mudra, the ASL sign for the letter L.

Outside, the patio was humming with happy people hanging out by the fires and eating HopMonk’s excellent food, drinking its housemade beers, and giving their hearts to Little Tribe. The Jumpers for sale raffle booth was filled with fabulous prizes donated by local merchants and generous folks, including a dream vacation to Costa Rica, a lovely and unique guitar, and even a surfboard. People were buying tickets for the joy of giving as much as for the excitement of possibly winning something fabulous.

Joey Damico, founder and driving force behind Little Tribe Children’s Foundation, addressed the gathering with a heartfelt tale of gratitude and giving, for the opportunity for giving is what Little Tribe is all about. Many people have given their time and artistry to Little Tribe: artists, volunteers, producers, board members, and all were thanked deeply from Joey’s big heart.

The raffle went off like a feast of gifts and many lucky people got even happier with their good karma prizes.

Then the stage filled with Nahko and Medicine for the People, who bathed the world with their songs of positive futures, wonderful now, and love for all beings. The dancers were flowing together, smiling into each others’ eyes, many proudly wearing their new Little Tribe teeshirts, fresh off the press, bearing Zack Darling Creative Associates’ lively, hopeful logo of cheering children.

Closing out the night of dancing was the conscious beats of DJ BELI3VER. The night ended with hugs and happy faces everywhere.

In all, this event took in over $8,000. On May 3, Joey and Zack went to UCSF’s wonderful Benioff Children’s Hospital with a giant check for $5,000, which will be used to fund art and music programs for the children being treated there.


Thank you letter from UCSF:

We received this fantastic email from Michael Towne of Benioff Children’s Hospital:

Hello Joey,
I have to start off with how impressed I was with your whole event this last Friday evening.  I had a great time.  The organization, the feel, the dedication on everyone’s part (including attendees) to bringing arts to children in need were all very impressive.  What a great community Sebastopol is.  The quality of the performers was especially impressive.  Zack’s dj-ing, See’s MC-ing were both VERY engaging.  Your opening was so warm and expansive.  I wasn’t able to stay for the whole thing due to this cold that I am fighting off (and seemed to start hitting that evening as I drove up).  I left a little on the earlier side than I would have otherwise due to the cold and the long drive home.  I wanted to see Nahko and Medicine for the People; they sounded great with the little bit of warm up I heard.  It was a pleasure and honor to be part of the evening.  Thank you for asking me to be there.
Most importantly, I want to thank you, Zack and all the people of Little Tribe for such generous support of our art and music programs at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.  We really need the support to keep it all going and your very generous contribution will really help.  I am sure that Marlene Penny (copied here) will work with us to smooth out any of the next steps logistics between our two organizations.  We look forward to much more collaboration.
Thank you again for a great evening and your wonderful support.
Michael Towne, MA, CCLS
Manager, Child Life Services
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

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