Family Launches Blackstock Music Festival to Benefit Communities in Poverty and Showcase Carolina Bands, Arts and Culture
By Emily Fields, Development Coordinator, Nourish International
Blackstock Music Festival
May 30-31st, 2014 in Blackstock, SC
40 Bands- 4 stages- Great Cause
When owner of Blackstock Productions, Joshua Leonhardt, asked his sister and Nourish International Executive Director, Kelly Phoenix, about being a Charity Partner for the first Annual Blackstock Music Festival, the event became not only a convergence of the family passions but an opportunity to raise significant funds for Nourish International’s growth in the fight to impact global poverty by engaging social entrepreneurs. Funds from the festival will help Nourish International grow to 100 campuses and hit $1M in funds invested in community partners by 2017.
This year’s Blackstock Music Festival will feature 40 bands, three stages, and attract thousands of concert goers to this two day camping event in the heart of the Carolina’s. Tickets are available at http://www.blackstockmusicfestival.com/ and on etix for $115 in advance and $125 day of. Sponsors of the festival include Jack Daniels, Sweetwater Brewing Company, Verizon Wireless, and Ben Arnold Distribution Company.
Joshua Leonhardt, owner of Blackstock Productions, LLC, started the festival on his family farm in 2012. The festival, what began as simply a group of friends hiring local bands to play at fireside chats on the family farm, today, has grown to include 4 stages, 40 local bands, and thousands of people at this year’s Main Event. Joshua, a music aficionado, and Kelly, a social activist, grew up in a family commodity business that included travels to countries ranging from Belize to Turkey. Both saw global poverty first-hand and see the festival as a way to give back to the local economy, elevate music and arts, and generate substantial investment for communities in need.
Nourish International’s mission is to engage students and empower communities to make a lasting impact on extreme poverty through social enterprise. Since 2003, Nourish International has grown to become a student movement on 60 campuses and 700 students serving communities in 28 countries with game-changing investments to fight global poverty. To date the organization has invested nearly half a million dollars to implemented over 100 poverty reduction projects in countries ranging from India to Peru.
This year’s festival will be held on over 1,000 acres of Leonhardt family owned farmland in Blackstock, SC on May 30-31st. For two days, this picturesque countryside will play home to dozens of local food vendors, great musical talent, live artists, and thousands of guests! Festival-goers will enjoy food trucks serving everything from hummus and smoothies to pizza and burritos. And in between sets from such bands as Galactic, Papadosio, The Revivalists and PineTop Lightning, guests will have the opportunity to take part in a disc golf course and try their hand in the Cornfield at the Corn Hole Tournament. The festival will also play host to a number of craft brewers and a variety of artisan crafts and goods.
As if that weren’t enough, Blackstock Music Festival is more than simply about the music experience, it is about giving back as well. Blackstock Music Festival proceeds will benefit Nourish International by helping to open 15 new chapters of the organization in 2014. The festival will stimulate the local economy in Fairfield County, SC where unemployment was nearly 10% last year, over 20% of residents live below the federal poverty line, and 1 out of every 5 people never get the opportunity to graduate high school. [i]The Leonhardt family hopes the festival will have a local footprint for the Blackstock community in years to come.
It’s clear, The Blackstock Music Festival is much more than your typical summer music festival! It is the collaborative effort of North and South Carolina’s musical talent, local live artists, craft vendors, a global charity cause and a family inspired to support one another.
To see the official Blackstock Music Festival lineup, purchase tickets, and learn more visit: www.blackstockmusicfestival.com
[i] All economic stats on the county of Fairfield, SC taken from US Census Bureau data from 2012. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/45/45039.html
This year Nourish International has been selected as a Co-Host for the Millennium Campus Conference. The MCC is an invite-only conference for student organizations that address global development. The conference is centered around the UN Millennium Development Goals and how student organizations are working to achieve them. The conference also gives Millennium Delegates the opportunity to partner with peer organizations, national institutions, and global networks. It brings together over 2,000 student leaders and over 50 world-renowned speakers all cooperating to accomplish eight goals that will improve the global standard of living. The conference will take place on the beautiful campus of Lynn University, located in Boca Raton, Florida.
Students will take part in this amazing collaboration from Friday, October 10th to Sunday, October 12th. At the conference, students will debate issues, such as serving versus donating, and have the opportunity to network with organizations from around the world at the Change the World Fair. Furthermore, the conference will include world-renowned speakers, including Nicholas Kristof, Kristin Davis, and Dr. Paul Farmer. On the last day, students will have their voices heard as the Policy Paper on youth perspectives is presented to experts. The conference will end with closing ceremonies focused on a roundtable discussion.
This conference is a great experience for any student interested in sustainable global development, which is why we are inviting you to attend and join the movement.
We are honored to announce that Nourish International has been selected as the charity partner for the Blackstock Music Festival. The Blackstock Music Festival is being held on May 30th and May 31st in Blackstock, South Carolina featuring bands such as Papadosio, Dangermuffin, the Stoplight Observations, and Simplified. There will be food trucks, artisan trading, a disc golf course and much more.
Over 5,000 attendees will gather to support local music from the Carolinas and Nourish will receive a portion of the proceeds. So if you enjoy a good jam or want to experience some amazing food and help Nourish out in the process, purchase your ticket today! Tickets can be purchased here. They are selling out quickly, so get your tickets as soon as possible!
Recent Attack in Kenya poses the question to the Nourish Network: Is terrorism is a form of poverty?
Acts of terrorism continue to wreak havoc around the world and the recent international terrorist attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya hits close to home for Nourish International as we mourn for our partners and communities abroad that have suffered from the evil of others.
Africa remains the world’s poorest continent, with over 40% of sub-Saharan Africans living in extreme poverty. In the past 10 years, however, Kenya has become one of Africa’s most developed nations, an entrepreneurial hub for east Africa. Nourish has worked there for two years partnering with organizations on the ground working in sustainable agriculture, HIV/ AIDS prevention, tree reforestation, and educational outreach. We have built greenhouses and hospitals, planted tree forests, and run outreach workshops alongside communities in Kenya.
The Nourish International Movement, founded in 2003, is built upon the tenets of empowerment, social and economic justice, community- led partnership, and systemic and sustainable solutions for communities living in extreme poverty. We engage students to participate in creating a more just world.
Theo Klimek, a Nourish Chapter Leader at the University of Minnesota Chapter spent five weeks this summer working alongside Organic Health Response in Kenya. Theo reflects on the attack this week in frustration and concern with the following: “Our Nourish team was in Kenya for five weeks and in that short window I fell in love with the heart of the Kenyan people and their goodwill. Being from Minneapolis, I’ve had a chance to sit in on some community discussions concerning Somalia, its emerging government, its relationship with Kenya, and its troubles with Al-Shabab. Putting the two together, it has been deeply frustrating watching this week’s events unfold. Kenya’s role as a friend to the young Somali government and its military investment in peace and humanitarian aid in southern Somalia are both great examples of the good heart of its people. The tragedy within the tragedy is that their goodwill is being combated with death and terror. It’s quite possible that members of the Minnesota-Somali community were involved in this attack (Somali leaders here have publicly condemned this act of terror). And although this fact is making national news, I’m glad to know that there were many more Minnesotans in Kenya this year working alongside the Kenyan people, whose names won’t make headlines, but whose actions were for good, rather than destruction.”
Poverty manifests itself in many forms, and the most common understanding is economic or absolute poverty. This would include the statistic we all know too well… that one in six people (roughly one billion!) in the world live on less than a $1.25 per day.
Economic poverty is just one representation of poverty. In fact, extreme poverty is more than the lack of material resources necessary to meet an individual’s basic needs. One critical component of the extreme poverty is when an individual lacks the opportunity to make meaningful choices that will sustainably improve his or her life. Like poverty, terrorism is a global threat that kills, prevents growth, starves, and frightens all people striving for a meaningful life and improved living conditions.
Nourish International’s network fights the disempowerment of all people and trains leaders in their efforts to alleviate and end poverty in whatever form it takes.
Acts of terrorism remind us at Nourish International why our mission to engage students and empower communities is vital to creating lasting change and developing a more economically and socially just world. Our resolve to impact those in poverty, whether it’s through hunger alleviation, disease prevention, access to education or economic opportunity has only increased this week while watching our partners in Kenya and communities in need, face the terror associated with the recent attacks.
In light of the recent events, we pose the following question to the Nourish Network in reflecting on this week’s event, Is poverty a form of terrorism?
We want to welcome our new additions to the 2013 Board of Directors! Our new members have been engaged and supportive of the movement for many years and begin serving on the board this July.
Gary Hayes – Managing Director & Co-Founder of Scale Finance
Gary Hayes, CPA, is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Scale Finance LLC; a Raleigh-based financial manageme
bunt services firm. He received his MBA from the University of Maryland and has been involved in the financial sector through manybusinesses and nonprofit organizations. During his time as Chief Financial Officer with Koz.com, Hayes assisted the CEO in raising $35 million in venture capital. Hayes also acted as Chief Financial Officer for Ateb Inc and served as the appointed Treasurer for Ibiliti. He has been involved in the community as a guest lecturer for the undergraduate business school at UNC and NC State. Hayes is an active member of the Nourish International Finance Committee and has been elected as Board Treasurer.
Brandon Agranovich, Miami University
Brandon Agranovich is a sophomore at Miami University and member of the Farmer School of Business Honors Program. He is
pursuing a B.S. in Marketing with a minor in Spanish and Entrepreneurship. In his Miami Chapter,
Brandon served as the Chapter Representative and member of the ventures committee, while also serving as the Regional Representative for his region. He hopes to bring his experience in running his own businesses for over 10 years, as well as his experience in social entrepreneurship, to help Nourish’s mission reach more people. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys golf, traveling and volunteering.
Jared Staley, Ohio State University
Jared Staley is a junior at The Ohio State University, where he is pursuing his B.S. in Architecture and a minor in Design. He has served as Marketing Director and Co-Leader for his chapter, and will be taking on the new Outreach position. In addition to Nourish, Jared is involved in SERVitecture, a service oriented organization that partners with Habitat for Humanity; Knowlton School of Architecture Student Council, University Honors & Scholars Ambassadors, a volunteer organization that works closely with incoming Honors & Scholars freshmen; and Kuhn Honors and Scholars House, promoting Honors and Scholars events and initiatives as a Student Staff Assistant. Jared’s passion for Nourish International, globalization, and alleviating poverty has propelled him to pursue future work in sustainable architecture and affordable housing. When he has free time, Jared enjoys reading, listening to new music, photography, working out, and discovering his newfound pleasure in yoga.
NC Fresh Catch to Support Nourish International at June 8th Event in Downtown Raleigh! Fresh Food, Fresh Music, and Fresh Art!
The Hills to Holy Water Music Arts Tour is bringing local N.C. flavor and entertainment to Moore Square in downtown Raleigh, NC. Join us on Saturday, June 8th from 1-7 p.m. for an afternoon in the park. General admission tickets are $5 each, and advanced VIP tickets ranging from $20 to $50 are available online at http://www.h2h2o.org. Proceeds from this event support Nourish International and the N.C. Coastal Federation. The event also benefits N.C. Catch fisheries, local farms, arts and breweries.
The menu will include a good ol’ fashioned fish fry, steamed clams, an assortment of delectable fresh seafood and vegetarian plates, and cold craft beer from Natty Greene’s, Big Boss, Aviator, LoneRider and Huske Hardware Breweries.
Other event activities include 10-minute tune-up massages, raffles and an exceptional silent auction hosted by the N.C. Coastal Federation and Core Sound Museum. Bring a blanket and a chair and big appetites for N.C. Fresh Catch: Fresh Seafood, Fresh Music, Fresh Beer, and Fresh Art. Shows are for all ages and are kid friendly. All food and drink items on sale while supplies last.
Daylong performances will showcase music styles ranging from SKA and Rocksteady to Country Blues. Featured artists include King Django, Tiny Boxes, the Dye Wells, Kata Band and Boo Hanks. Local artists will exhibit and sell their works on-site.
For more information, contact Michael Kalna at [email protected] or (919) 428-0845, visit the event website at http://www.h2h2o.org/, RSVP to the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/435651229849274/447926855288378/?notif_t, or follow @NCFreshCatch on Twitter.
ABOUT THE TOUR:
The Hills to Holy Water Music Arts Tour is a statewide concert series promoting the richness of North Carolina’s natural and creative resources. This unique series focuses on creating and strengthening community relationships between local arts and sustainable commerce. Partners in the Hills to Holy Waters Music Arts series include diverse and dynamic musicians and artisans, local and regional farms, fisheries and craft breweries. These efforts combine to raise awareness and funds for community charities, ensuring continued growth in sustainable relationships and practices.
Chancellor Thorp honored with first Nourish International Impact Award
Over the group’s signature Hunger Lunch of beans, rice and cornbread on Tuesday (Feb. 12), Nourish International presented its first Impact Award to Chancellor Holden Thorp of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The group honored Thorp and co-founder Sindhura Citineni as part of the celebration of its 10th anniversary. Thorp was recognized for his work with innovation and student entrepreneurs.
“Buck Goldstein and I were so impressed with Nourish that we used it in our book, ‘Engines of Innovation,'” Thorp said. “It’s why universities are the ideal institution for tackling big problems: bringing talented people together and creating the environment for them to excel. I knew that Carolina’s faculty and students had the talent and the dedication to take on these challenges, and I knew that because of projects like Sindhura’s Hunger Lunch and Nourish International.”
Nourish International began at UNC as Hunger Lunch, founded by students Citenini and Joel Thomas in 2003. The students sold an inexpensive meal of rice, beans and cornbread and used the profits to fund a nutrition initiative in Hyderabad, India. Since then, the nonprofit organization has spread to 25 countries and 28 universities to launch social businesses, called ventures, and invest the profits in community based, sustainable development projects. Nourish has deployed over $300,000 in venture profits on 65 projects in 25 countries, with plans to expand to 45 chapters this year.