|For the Bayou works with musicians and artists that support restoration and protection of Louisiana’s wetlands and speak to the emergency humanitarian needs of the people living in South Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast. In working with these artists, we hope to educate fans on the importance of our nation’s biggest coastal wetlands, and to help preserve this environment, its culture and its people for many generations to come.
Letter from the President
by Page Perry
2010 brought tragedy, as well as many new challenges to the Gulf Coast and its people, wetlands, waters and animals. In the midst of these confrontations, For the Bayou worked diligently to make a positive difference for Louisiana’s coast and people. Total donations from For the Bayou in 2010 to wetland and coastal habitat restoration as well as humanitarian assistance in the wake of the BP oil spill totaled $39,450.
The first Bay for the Bayou 2010 event in San Francisco was a huge success thanks to many Louisiana musicians, artists and volunteers who donated their time and talent last September, we were able to raise over $40,000. View pictures from the event at http://www.flickr.com/photos/forthebayou.
From this successful event, we donated $25,000 to the Restore the Earth Foundation for the Gulf Saver Solutions Initiative; this donation helped to conduct the first major restorative wetland planting since the BP oil spill in December 2010. Oil was found in the area with almost every footstep and with every dig.
Rather than planting native marsh grasses as independent plants, this initiative seeks to implement a new wetlands restoration technique of planting Gulf Saver Bags, a pre-assembled package of native marsh grasses in a US Army Corps of Engineers standard biodegradable “burlap (sand) bag”, that is filled with an all natural humus mix that helps in breaking down oil.
The Gulf Saver Solutions Initiative is coordinating several projects to deploy thousands of Gulf Saver environmental bags to restore native marsh grasses in wetland habitats at Pass a Loutre Wildlife Management Area (WMA), in southern Plaquemines Parish. The first of these plantings went forward on December 16 and 17, when a crew of volunteers, in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana traveled by airboat to distribute Gulf Saver Bags at the Wildlife Management Area that forms the southeast tip of Plaquemines Parish where the Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Click here for pictures and details of the planting.
The wetland habitat within the Pass a Loutre WMA provides a natural home and breeding grounds for shrimp, crabs, oysters, and more than five million migratory birds. The southeastern Louisiana shoreline wetlands and barrier islands are the first line of defense protecting the area’s populations against storm surge and tidal fluctuations.
This was the first wetlands restoration project in Louisiana since the Gulf Oil spill and we are proud to have supported this planting and future projects in the area. We will be sure to keep you updated on the progress of these plantings throughout the year!
You can continue to support these efforts by making a donation to For the Bayou or directly to Gulf Saver Solutions www.gulfsaversolutions.com. You can also volunteer to plant. Please sign up with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana at www.crcl.org or call 1.888.522.6278.
The remaining monies from our Bay For the Bayou Benefit 2010 will be allocated this spring to go toward further wetland and habitat restoration along Louisiana’s coast. Thank you to all of you, musicians, artists and volunteers who assisted in this major effort! We look forward to having you back in the Bay Area to showcase your talent and to assist us in restoring Louisiana’s coast.
BAY FOR THE BAYOU BENEFIT 2012
|BAY FOR THE BAYOU 1st ANNUAL MUSIC & CULTURAL BENEFIT
100% OF THE NET PROCEEDS FOR HUMANITARIAN & ENVIRONMENTAL RELIEF
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2010 | 7pm – 1am
Raised over $25,000 for emergency efforts. Grass roots of generosity from the Bay to the Bayou & Gulf Coast by San Francisco restaurants, artists, businesses, non-profits and people. On this eve of the Saints vs. SF49ers, an All Star line up and jam of New Orleans and Bay Area musicians for hours of music and camaraderie were featured with visiting Saints fans, people from the Bay and beyond. Read Press Release->
|GENO DELAFOSE & FRENCH ROCKIN’ BOOGIE, SAN RAFAEL, CA SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 2010
Osher Marin JCC featured Geno Delafose supporting For the Bayou as part of their Performing Art Series in August. Le Cowboy Creole and his French Rockin’ Boogie performed and a booth was set up with information on how to get involved in assisting with the Gulf Oil Disaster in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. www.genodelafose.net
For Tickets: www.marinjcc.org/performing_arts
FUNK OIL BENEFIT
JULY 2010. SF WEEKLY & SUNSET PROMOTIONS CHOSE FOR THE BAYOU AS BENEFICIARY OF SAN FRANCISCO’S “FUNK OIL”AND THE ALL SHOOK DOWN FESTIVAL FEATURING IVAN NEVILLE’S DUMPSTAPHUNK & OTHER ARTISTS. FESTIVAL RAISES OVER $3500 FOR THE BAYOU. SAN FRANCISCO, CA.
JUNE 29 2010. BAY AREA FUNK ARTISTS “BROTHERS GOLDMAN” RAISE $500 AT YOSHI’S S.F. BENEFIT. SAN FRANCISCO, CA
The Brothers Goldman have been playing in venues all over the San Francisco Bay Area since 2003, serving up a spicy gumbo of New Orleans street fonk and acid jazz they call Tantric Fonk.
FEBRUARY 18, 2010. MOJITO & FOR THE BAYOU RAISE $3000 AT SAINTS SUPERBOWL BENEFIT. SAN FRANCSICO, CA.
JULY 2010. ANTHROPOLOGIE CHOSES FOR THE BAYOU AS CHARITY ASSOCIATED WITH NEW ORELANS CANAL STREET STORE OPENING ON AUGUST 27, 2010.
(input previous fundraiser info from blog on old website)
Nissa teamed up with For The Bayou, to assist in reaching fishermen and residents affected along the coast. See “July 2010. For the Bayou allocated $9455 to the Alliance for Gulf Coast Communities Fund for Emergency Humanitarian Aid”
4th Annual LSU Gumbo Cook-off & Silent Auction