Friday, February 13, 2015

Whole Planet Foundation's Pre-Grammy Benefit 2015

By Karen Ostlund
Planet LA Records, Whole Planet Foundation and Whole Foods Market held their yearly "Whole Planet Foundation’s  “Pre-GRAMMY®” benefit" at OHM Nightclub in Hollywood last February 5th 2015.
KT Tunstall, Ryan Cabrera and Debi Nova
The benefit supported efforts in alleviating poverty in 61 countries through micro-credit & funding micro-loans to impoverished women entrepreneurs.
The evening's buffet consisted of a wide variety of health-conscious platter provided by Whole Food Market as:Lentil salad, cauliflower tabouli, vegetarian egg rolls, mini kale and Thai beyond meat satay.
The event was produced by Clamorhouse and Planet LA Records, and emceed by comedian Heather McDonald, It featured performances by 7 leading acts:
Rocky Dawuni, Magnolia Memoir, Patrick Bradley, Andy Allo, Latin GRAMMY-nominated Debi Nova, 2014 GRAMMY nominee Mariachi Divas and three-time American GRAMMY Award winning and 2014 GRAMMY-nominated blues musician Keb’ Mo’.
Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci were honored on stage for their commitments to promoting sustainable practices and changing global environments through their film, “Living on One Dollar.” Netflix.
left, Andy Allo w. Keb' Mo arriving at OHM Nightclub

Filmmakers Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci, Netflix

It is a documentary in Guatemala,where four friends battle illness, parasites and hunger as they experiment with living on just $1 a day for eight weeks.

The documentary begins with their back-story: middle class upbringings, an academic understanding of poverty alleviation, but no real experience of what daily life is like for people in poverty.
In just two months, they encounter many of the challenges that keep people in poverty: severe illness from contaminated drinking water, steep medical costs, and the impossibility of getting a loan from a traditional bank.

Living On One Dollar (Netflix) is a film that highlights the strength and resilience of people living in poverty, the impact of micro-credit, and the how individuals can have an impact in the fight against poverty. Seeing people from different cultures and circumstances learn from one another will resonate with people who watch the film. Chris helps a boy -who only speaks the local dialect- learn English and Spanish and local women teach their new American friends how to add calories to their diet.

Dr Jekyll's Beer Attack Launch:,cinnamon oil, garlic,
 Hawthorne berry,5.4% Alc
maqui berry, algal oil and flax seed oil

The Pre-Grammy benefit was presented by Whole Foods Market, Lifeway and Sambazon, featuring Community Leaders Garden of Life, City National Bank and Nature’s One. Event supporters included:COLDCOCK Herbal Whiskey,Dr.Jekyll’s beer, Keep Cool USA, Navitas Naturals, Prana, Purus Vodka, and Zorbitz.Foundation partners included ACURE Organics, Frontier Co-op, Hampton Creek, HerbNutritionals, Mamma Chia, ORGANIC INDIA, Seeds of Change and VOSS.
Alcohol-free sponsors at Whole Planet Foundation's Pre-Grammy concert
right, Designer Sue Wong w guest
Mariachi Diva, 2014 Grammy nominee
Magnolia Memoir band performed              
Contributors included Beanfields, Better Bean, Cocomojoe, Drazil Foods,Greyston Bakery, Jackson’s Honest Chips, Jax Coconut Water, Late July Organic Snacks,Line 39, Olloclip, Rhythm Superfoods, Rishi Tea, Soundhouse Promotions and Stone Brewing.

Whole Body’s first Fashion Show event benefiting Whole Planet Foundation is coming March 6th, during Expo West, Natural Food Expo Convention in Anaheim.
Some of the textiles featured in the Beauty in All Beings event, March 6th are made by micro-credit clients.
100% of the proceeds from the event will be used to fund more impoverished entrepreneurs.
Walter Robb will be opening the show which will feature product from Whole Foods Market apparel, cosmetics, skin and hair care

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