ategory 5 was specifically formed with the idea in mind to call attention to the need to support quality charities and to provide musicians with an avenue for giving back. In fact, our first prototype amp was born out of a Tsunami relief effort through a vendor who was supporting the World Food Programme immediately after that disaster occurred. Consequently, it became our Tsunami model. We took notice and thought the same proactive effort was needed for the disasters we were facing here in the US. And we thought the name Category 5 would help keep this cause in the spotlight.
So, ten percent of the proceeds from every amp sold by Category 5 is donated to a worthy charity.
You can choose one of the charities listed below or let us select one on your behalf.
Feed the Children is a four star charity (Charity Navigator's highest honor) which endeavors to help hungry children who are the victims of poverty, death, disease, and natural distasters in the USA and abroad. Voice of the Wetlands is a foundation started by Louisiana blues powerhouse Tab Benoit to bring awareness to the cause of the destruction in Louisiana, the loss of wetlands that protect against the powerful hurricanes that come every year to the Gulf Coast.
eed the Children is a very well run organization with very low administration costs and with tremendous buying power; donations are leveraged very well for the care and feeding of children around the world, across the country, and specifically in disaster areas. Funds are directed to the most acute needs when disaster strikes without abandoning long-term commitments worldwide.
Most recently, Voice of the Wetlands has taken on direct relief efforts for Katrina victims, and is helping elementary schools get back on track and also providing direct assistance to those affected. Voice of the Wetlands has no administrative overhead, so all donations go directly to those who need it.
The Blues Foundation, based in Memphis, seeks to
preserve and to highlight the rich history of Blues. The Blues Foundation is a nonprofit corporation with more than 160
affiliated Blues organizations, and membership spanning the globe, the Foundation serves as the hub for the worldwide
passion for Blues Music.
Blues in the Schools are a
fund raising organization dedicated to providing educational music programs for schools. They hire blues musicians to
teach the history of the Blues to young students and teach them to play musical instruments, with the goal of developing
self confidence by providing public venues for performance.
Blue Star Connection provides musical instruments for children with cancer or life threatening illness. Blue Star Connection brings music into their lives with musical instruments and performances that they and their families can attend as guests.
When you checkout for the purchase of your amp – just choose the charity you wish to support. And know that every time you plug into that amp, you helped someone in need – and by spreading the word about Category 5 – you will amplify your gift.