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    Thu, 15 Apr 2010 10:04:05

    Green River Ordinance Launch Initiative to Benefit Five Charities - Rockers to donate to Autism Speaks, charity:water, among others

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    Green River Ordinance will be racking up the good karma points on their upcoming headlining tour. The band is spreading the word about their thehopeGROs.com site and aiding their charities of choice: Autism Speaks, charity: water, Freedom Is Not Free, Nuru International, and International Justice Mission through the sales of downloaded music.

    In an official statement, the band explained the motivation behind thehopeGROs.com, saying, “This is the heart and soul of the band. We play music for a reason. Not just to be rock stars, not just to play music, not just to make money. We play music to reach out… and to use our gifts to push back the darkness in the world.” On thehopeGROs.com, the band chose 10 of its rare songs from previous recordings and demos, which are so rare, in fact, that they are no longer available to purchase anywhere else, and they are donating 100 percent of the proceeds from sales of those songs to a charity of a band member's choice. The charity that the proceeds go to will be selected by each consumer who makes the purchase. The goal is to raise $100,000 for the collective group of charities in 2010. Let's give GRO a round of applause for benefitting fans with rare sonic treats and for donating the money to good causes. See kids, it's not just about sexing, drugging, rocking, 'n' rolling!

    Bassist Geoff Ice's charity of choice is www.charitywater.org. He said, "We take for granted our basic daily needs, and it confounds me that with how far we have advanced with technology agriculture and resources that there are still one out of six people without sanitary drinking water."

    Guitarist Joshua Wilkerson favors www.autismspeaks.org. "I was inspired by a close family friend's son who was born with autism," he said. "Today, one in 110 individuals is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. However, if treated at an early age, many individuals are able to lead more productive and independent lives."

    Drummer Denton Hunker is spotlighting www.freedomisnotfree.com. "It's a big deal to me every day our servicemen and women are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for mine and other American's freedom--someone they don't even know. This organization aides wounded service members, their families, and the families of the fatally wounded," the skinsman said.

    Josh Jenkins, who plays vocals, guitar and piano is donating to www.ijm.org "A good friend told me about International Justice Mission—it's about trying to stop human trafficking and other forms of violent oppression faced by the global poor. Every year human trafficking has an estimated revenue of 5-9 billion dollars. IJM is group of lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals who team up with local governments to provide rescue and relief for the victim, and ensure justice for the perpetrator in local courts," he said.

    Guitarist Jamey Ice is drawing attention and funds to www.nuruinternational.org. He revealed, "I support Nuru because they are pushing back the darkness in a powerful way, by tackling poverty at its root. They work to eradicate extreme poverty by holistically empowering rural communities to achieve self-sufficiency by focusing on agriculture, water/sanitation, healthcare, education and small business development."

    Green River Ordinance urges fans and even you, casual reader, to "join the movement and tell your friends. We couldn't be doing music without you.” Dates for the current GRO tour are below:

    04/24/10 Dallas, TX, House Of Blues
    04/26/10 Denver, CO, Bluebird Theater
    04/27/10 Salt Lake City, UT, Kilby Court
    04/28/10 Boise, ID, Knitting Factory Concert House
    04/30/10 Seattle, WA, El Corazon
    05/01/10 Portland, OR, Berbati's Pan
    05/03/10 San Francisco, CA Cafe Du Nord
    05/04/10 Modesto, CA, The State Theatre Of Modesto
    05/06/10 West Hollywood, CA Troubadour
    07/23/10 Louisville, KY, Churchill Downs (HullabaLOU Music Fest w/ Bon Jovi)
    08/05/10 Rock Springs, WY, Sweetwater Co. Fairgrounds
    08/22/10 Des Moines, IA, Iowa St. Fairgrounds
    08/30/10 Cottleville, MO, St Charles County Community

    Which charity will you be donating to if you decide to buy a rare GRO track?

    Amy Sciarretto

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