The Rotary Clubs of Thurston County initiated the Cool Jazz Clean Water Event in 2001 as a way to raise funds for an International Humanitarian Project that included water projects in Malawi, Africa.  That first event combined the offering of a unique venue for area high school jazz bands to participate in an adjudicated music event, and an evening Jazz Concert for the community.  The net proceeds from this ticketed and sponsored event of about $20,000 went to the water projects in Malawi.

Over the next eighteen years, the event has evolved into a program that is presented as “Cool Jazz Clean Water Capital Jazz Festival Event”, with the net proceeds being split between funding Rotary-sponsored water projects in Africa; purchase of new and refurbishing used instruments for the local School Districts to make available to low income students; and the rest is designated to a jointly planned “working together for youth” workshop attended by leaders from Thurston County youth programs and opportunities for youth to attend Camp Hope.

During the last few years, all Thurston County Rotary Clubs have supported this event with strong support from individuals from the clubs. Most clubs have also donated to the event itself.

This year we have added a "Recognition Reception" to honor several adult volunteers who continue to demonstrate "Service Above Self" for programs funded by the Cool Jazz Clean Water Event. Come this year to the 5:30 - 7:00pm reception and help us honor Dan Lumberg, Kim Dinsmore, Dustin Wilson & Shellica Trevino.

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