When disaster strikes, there is an immediate need for food, water, shelter and medical attention. When these basic needs are met and the initial shock subsides comes the arduous task of rebuilding lives. Psychological support is essential to this process. The Goodness Tour infuses hope, resilience, positivity, joy, and love into the hearts of the those who struggle. The Goodness Tour is now working on a collaboration with The National Gallery of the Bahamas to bring much need psychological support to people whose lives were shattered by the fierce impact of Hurricane Dorian.   

Please consider donating to The Goodness Tour. We teach art, song writing and film making classes in shelters in Nassau and in the catastrophe zones in Freeport and Abaco - engaging with the people inviting their own creativity to shine. The tour also involves painting large scale murals throughout the Bahamas at the Ports for all to see and on walls that are still standing in order to plant a seed of creativity in the land of destruction. The murals will be inspired and painted together with the local people to pay tribute to the individuals who lost their lives, and to serve as an intercultural dialogue. The impact of music and art brings light back into the eyes that once harbored hopelessness. Creative therapy has been proven, time and time again, to be a powerful tool, offering psychosocial support in a journey to release trauma, break through fear, heal and thrive.

The Chad E. Cooper Foundation maintains the fiduciary responsibilities as the fiscal umbrella for The Goodness Tour offering a 501 (c)(3) tax-deductible donation for donors and corporate sponsors. EIN#: 83-3211706

The Goodness Tour: Music and Art Empowerment

The Goodness Tour is an organization dedicated to bringing music and art experiences to people facing adversity all over the world. The tour travels to refugee camps, disaster zones, homeless shelters, hospitals, mental health centers, youth crisis shelters and other communities needing hope and healing.

The team includes musicians, artists, therapists, filmmakers, event planners, business leaders, collaborators and more.

The goodness tour seeks to spur creation amidst destruction. We know the power of creativity allows the human spirit to fly boundlessly while navigating difficult life circumstances. In this boundless flight of creative expression each person is left refreshed, encouraged and energized with the strength to continue on.”

— Luc Reynaud

Please help us bring GOODNESS to the world.

The Chad E. Cooper Foundation maintains the fiduciary responsibilities as the fiscal umbrella for The Goodness Tour offering a 501 (c)(3) tax-deductible donation for donors and corporate sponsors. EIN#: 83-3211706

Jason Mraz Discusses "Freedom Song" by Luc and The Lovingtons and Survivors of Hurricane Katrina

THE GRACE OF ABACO BY BENJAMIN SWATEZ

MARSH HABOUR, BAHAMAS

In the midst of destruction “The Grace of Abaco” is prevailing. Foreigners and locals alike are coming together to heal this island after the brutal hurricane Dorian desolated Marsh Harbour and surrounding areas. This mural reminds us to be compassionate, empathetic, and loving to one another as we work hard to restore once was and beyond. The colors of love and hope are symbolized within this composition. While I painted on makeshift scaffolding, so many beautiful souls honked while driving by, waved and/ or stopped to share how this painting is lifting their spirits and brightening their day in the face of adversity. Alchemists of our own existence - Art Heals - @thegoodnesstour - painted by Benjamin Swatez.

FAETH MURAL

MARSH HABOUR, BAHAMAS

This mural was painted on a school that had half of its roof ripped off in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas, as a beacon of hope on a school that will be rebuilt with your help and love, a seed of creation amidst the sea of destruction. The symbolism and color inspired healing tears shed from the eyes of locals and service workers alike. The girl on the upper left of the mural was named Faeth. She and her mother lost their lives in the storm. The local flowers honor them and so many more. The boy on the upper right is named Viscent and is three years old living currently on a trash fill that was their village less than a month ago. The resilient and self empowered eyes of the next generation demonstrate the courage to transform a curse into an opportunity. The dolphin represents a friend and hope swimming through the chaos, calming the heart. A functioning school will inspire displaced families to return home. 

MEDIA COVERAGE

Najee Goode, NFL Player for Jacksonville Jaguars and a Goodness Tour Fan

Najee Goode, NFL Player for Jacksonville Jaguars and a Goodness Tour Fan

Learn more about the efforts to support the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian on WJXT News4Jax

Learn more about the efforts to support the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian on WJXT News4Jax

Thank you Vic Micoluci and Lauren Verno and WJXT New4Jax.

ABOUT THE GOODNESS TOUR

FOUNDERS

Luc Reynaud

In 2005 Luc Reynaud was volunteering with the American Red Cross after Hurricane Katrina where he had an “ah-ha” moment as he experienced the joy and healing he witnessed when he sang and played guitar while on breaks working in an evacuation shelter in Baton Rouge Louisiana.  Amidst the destruction something special occurred where Luc and a group of children evacuees wrote a song called The Freedom Song.  They toured it around the shelter and performed it for adults sitting in their cots and it soon became a powerfully cathartic song as the people would raise their hands, singing with tears of relief, surrender, hope the words "Freedom." That song captured the heart of two-time Grammy award winner Jason Mraz and became an instant hit with fans.  Luc took the experience as a teaching that he could join his two passions of music and service into one. He went on to co-found the band Luc and the Lovington’s and The Goodness Tour. 

Benjamin Swatez

Benjamin Swatez is an international artist, muralist, and social activist spreading the power of creative therapy worldwide. In 2011 Benjamin led a creative therapy project in Bahari, India, a village that had just recently come to freedom after decades of debt-bondage slavery in a brick factory. The Grandmother of Bahari said upon the conclusion of the project."The best day of our lives was the day we were freed from slavery and the second best day of our lives was the day Benjamin came to teach us how to paint and share our voice.” From there on out Benjamin has led projects in some of the most dangerous regions of the world, sharing the power of creativity with over 7,000 people who have experienced some of the worst forms of adversity know to humanity. Painting beside a former child-soldier in Northern Uganda, the boy looked over at Swatez and said with a paintbrush in his hand, “I used to think the most powerful man was the one with the gun and now I understand that the most powerful person is the one with a brush and something to say."

Jeremiah Alexis

Jeremiah Alexis is a new media content specialist, having produced web video and written features for print, broadcast media and brands alike, such as Insomniac Events, Twitter, VICE, NME, LA Weekly, Red Bull, Current TV, VIBE Magazine, & Justin Timberlake's website JustinTimberlake.com. Jeremiah has extensive experience in digital creation and distribution, and co-founded The Goodness Tour as a means of merging his media skills and philanthropic heart.

Co-Founders of The Goodness Tour: The band Luc and the Lovingtons

SUPPORT TEAM

Dana G. Walden

Dana is the former Chairman of the Education Commission for IREO (Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Organization), a founding board member of Fostering A Change (housing and program support for women aging out of the foster care system), co-founder of The Dream Project (empowerment program for youth), as well as an internationally acclaimed composer, performer, producer and director. He specializes in connecting the dots between passion, people and projects across diverse (and sometimes seemingly unrelated) platforms. His Muse Management approach is dedicated to “the dream realized”. He is the Manager of The Goodness Tour.

Dr. Chez Leeby

Dr. Leeby's mission is to "Feed Hope" to the world by consciously creating wellness. Dr. Leeby is the founder of Soul Life, offering workshops, groups and psychotherapy for mind, body and heart balance. 

Dr. Leeby graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree and a Master’s Degree in Human Development Counseling. Dr. Leeby earned her Specialist Degree and Doctorate from the University of Florida (1998) in Agency, Correctional and Developmental Counseling.  She holds a Florida License as a Marriage and Family Therapist (FT 1843) and she is a certified Parent Educator through the Parent Nurturing Program. She has extensive training in trauma recovery including Halographic Memory Resolution.

Dr. Leeby has experience in both private and public psychiatric hospitals, a substance abuse treatment center, and she was a former director of the Prince George’s County Rape and Sexual Assault Center.

Dr. Leeby is a clinical and program advisor for The Goodness Tour.

Sharon Schreiber

Sharon Schreiber is a purpose-driven entrepreneur helping organizations create meaningful strategic initiatives that engage consumers, donors, influencers, patients, employees, and communities showcasing authentic branding – resulting in healthy top- and bottom-line gains. Sharon is the founder and CEO of BrandWeavers for Health, an integrated communication consultancy – partnering with nonprofits, medical groups, hospitals, government agencies, start-ups, global pharmaceutical companies, and health and wellness-driven companies to deploy strategies that fuel exceptional brand experiences. She is also the founder of Healthy-TXT a technology company designed to improve physician and patient communications around post, chronic, and preventive care.

Throughout her career, Sharon has excelled in designing strategies that positively impact the lives of others and the organizations she serves. Sharon lives by the credo: “doing well by doing good.” She is known for her contagious enthusiasm and an energy that cultivates deep relationships. Sharon is a graduate from The Ohio State University 

Chad E. Cooper

Throughout his life, Chad E. Cooper has continuously raised the bar and pushed himself to be the very best he can be. From being awarded both Regimental Marine of the Quarter and Regimental Marine of the Year during his time of service, to retiring from Microsoft at age 35, to serving two terms as Mayor Pro-Tem in his community, to traveling the world and making a global impact through his foundation work in New Zealand and Guatemala, to competing as a multi-major sponsored triathlete, to applying for a Guinness Book World Record holder for crossing the most common things off a bucket list, to being a thriving family man, husband, and father – Chad embodies what it means to live a Legendary Life®.
 
Chad’s greatest passion, however, is sharing the principles he’s discovered to help others also shatter the status quo and live the life they were born to live. Looking back on his journey, Chad realized he had a distinct guide at every transitional stage in his life who opened his eyes to a new way of thinking and pushed him farther than he could have reached on his own. When Chad synthesized his experiences into a proven system to achieve success in all areas of life, he knew it was his turn to be the guide for others. Now, Chad coaches a wide variety of high achievers such as athletes, entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and retirees to break through real and perceived barriers to discover their unique purpose and integrate it into every area of their life – if they are willing to put in the work.
 
Chad’s coaching philosophy is best summed up in the adapted words of Ronald Reagan – “Some people live their whole life wondering if they made a difference in the world. [My clients] don’t have that problem.” Chad has helped numerous people discover the keys to unlocking their own potential in order to be the very best they can be. Join him on this journey and create the legendary life you’ve always known you were destined to live.

MUST WATCH TED TALK

 Goodness Tour Collaborators and Supporters - Past and Present

LuvHub Productions
Dana and Kelly Walden
Jason Mraz, Grammy award winner
Soul Life
Doug and Chez Leeby 
Antonella Celestina Novi
BrandWeavers
Sharon Schreiber
Chad E. Cooper Foundation
Gerry Weber
National Galleries of the Bahamas
Najee and Jasmine Goode, Jacksonville Jaguars
NGO Harmonic Humanity 
NGO Free the Slaves 
NGO Save the Children 
NGO Camme RDC 
NGO Friends of Orphans 
NGO Children of Piece Uganda
NGO Voices 4 Freedom
NGO Voices 4 the Children
Benjamin Moore Paint 
Sherwin Williams 
Chokobar 
SouthernCat 
Savoir Faire
Emily Grieves Art
Beeline
Publix

Peggy & Lloyd Callahan 
1440 Multiversity  
Scott and Joanie Kriens 
Leah Sturgis 
Joanne Tawfilis, Founder of NGO Art Miles 
School of Fine Arts & Design of Puerto Rico 
Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Puerto Rico 
Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico 
Department of Tourism Puerto Rico
Child Guidance Center of Jacksonville, FL  
Beth and Davis Warren, Abaco Rescue Fund
Jimbo Stockton, Adventures in God's Creation 
Marzena and Dr. Joe Mignone
Vic Micolucci, WJXT4 
Pushpa Devi, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate 
Rachel Coffee and Abdel Missa
Jim and Jamie Sheils 
Bob and Becky Weir
Julie Schafer, Baptist Health Jacksonville
Natassje Ebert, ESPN3
Christopher Ortecho
Dave and Autumn Vaupel
Colleen and Billy Tiner
Chuck and AnneMarie Young
Jennifer Becker, Aspire Integrative Health
Jane and Dana Current, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management