'Jamaican Night Out' Fundraiser July 20, 2013

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Umojah Nation


AKRON, Ohio, July 2, 2013—Biodynamics Foundation, an Akron-based not-for-profit institution focused on locally grown fresh food and job creation globally, will host a "Jamaican Night Out" Benefit Concert and Silent Auction Fundraiser on Saturday, July 20, 2013, from 7-11 p.m. at Todaro’s Party Center, 1820 Akron Peninsula Rd., Akron, Ohio. 

The Biodynamics Foundation "Jamaican Night Out" is sponsored by Red Stripe, an authentic imported pale lager brewed by Desnoes & Geddes in Jamaica.  The event is being held to raise $5,000 to help the Biodynamics Foundation build two 15-x-30-ft. Biodynamics hydroponic greenhouses – powered by generators from Akron-based Hydrogen Energy Systems (HES), LLC – at the Jamaica Deaf Village, a 100-acre community for the deaf located in Kingston, Jamaica.  Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf (CCCD) will oversee the project.

A Biodynamics greenhouse will also be constructed in Akron this summer by Carmen Construction Inc., Tallmadge Ohio, at the Family Promise (FP) of Summit County center, 77 W. Miller Ave. in Akron.  FP is a nonprofit agency that provides shelter and services to homeless families.  The greenhouse will help demonstrate the versatility and potential worldwide impact of Biodynamics Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) technology. 


Headlining the "Jamaican Night Out" concert is Akron's own (and our very special guest) Umojah Nation, Northeast Ohio's most inspired reggae band Umojah Nation, led by the husband and wife team of Tracey and Stefano Nguma, has opened for Carlos Jones at the House of Blues.  The band – seeded in Jamaican roots and dancehall music and featuring three female vocalists fronting a solid lineup of professional musicians – adopts its moniker from the Swahili word for "unity."

The "Jamaican Night Out" festivities at Todaro’s will include “All You Can Eat” all-natural, authentic Jamaican food, an open bar serving Red Stripe and White Rum, dancing, a silent auction, and guest prizes.  Price: $30 per person or two (2) guests for $50.  Sponsored tables of 10 persons with VIP seating are available (in limited supply) for $200.

“Community support helps provide affordable access to fresh, safe, nutritious produce while creating awareness about building local food security infrastructure and developing entrepreneurship to combat poverty globally,” said Timothy Madden, president of the Biodynamics Foundation and COO of Akron-based CEA Capital Holdings.  “We are building very low-cost and effective greenhouses in Jamaica and Akron this summer with materials available at local home improvement stores in any developing country.”

The greenhouses will incorporate commonly available materials combined with low-cost wireless hydroponic sensor technology developed and patented by Dr. Ajay Mahajan, associate dean for research at the University of Akron’s College of Engineering, and commercialized by the University of Akron Research Foundation (UARF), headed by project executive Wil Hemker. 

Tax deductible cash donations can be made with a check written to “CCCD” – 501c3 Tax Exemption # 760763234. For more information, contact Timothy Madden at 330-524-7181.