Whet Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund
Whet Travel, the leader in independent music cruise experiences, has officially announced their next Groove Cruise Virtual Sail Aways live stream charity event this upcoming Saturday, May 9, 2020. Featuring resident #GCFAM, viewers will see performances by Deonē, Jeremiah Red, Bryan Lubliner, Scotty Boy, and Donald Glaude, in benefit of the Whet Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. The previous Groove Cruise Virtual Sail Aways raised $11, 619 for those facing hardships from the pandemic; over 60 Groove Cruise Captains were sent relief to date, alongside 250 protective face shields sent to multiple hospitals in South Florida. “This pandemic has certainly hit home for me and the #GCFAM community.” Says Jason Beukema founder and creator of Whet Travel, Groove Cruise, and Whet Foundation. “We’ve heard stories of hardship from people coming down with serious complications from the virus, a doctor in San Diego in ICU for the past 2 weeks, parents who have been lost, nurses still working and risking their lives every day without proper protective gear and obviously many jobs lost. We must do something to help. And this grass roots effort will provide some relief for those sorely in need right now. I urge anyone experiencing a hardship to apply for a grant from the Relief Fund and we will do everything we can to help.”
The Whet Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund will ease the financial burden of artists experiencing hardships, captains who sail with us, health workers keeping us safe, former employees, contractors, and partner companies that have laid off employees, and that of our extended friends and family. The COVID-19 Relief Fund provides tax-free funds for any number of hardships; including unanticipated healthcare costs, rent or mortgage payments, utility expenses, food, medicine, and other necessities.