2023 RAAVOLUTION Festival & Parade
January 11th, 2024
THE RAAVOLUTION STADIUM PARADE Celebrating all 22 Tribes from Arizona, Tribes from NM, Nigeria, and over 75 community organizations
Kairand Prepares Our Community Participants for the RAAVOLUTION Parade
A note from Kairand,
I speak for the whole RAAVOLUTION team in saying that we feel so blessed to have been part of such a wonderful and record-setting experience! Every element of the ARIZONA BOWL RAAVOLUTION experience far exceeded our expectations.
I'm so proud! This was our 7th year working with Social Impact Brand 'The Arizona Bowl', 'The Annual Red Road to Wellbriety Celebration', and the Southwest Impact Artist 'Tonight's Sunshine.' We Recognized our Indigenous Southwest Heritage and Underserved Communities, Advocated for Causes and Community organizations, and Educated Teens and Young Adults on Pathways to Employment
On prep day, our STEAM LABS STADIUM TOUR was sold out with over 150 teens and young adults (Thank you Erik, Anastasia, Ramses, Aura, Lucy, and to all of our speakers), our PARADE rehearsal was successful, and our festival setup went off without a hitch! Thank you, Scott, for taking the lead for load in preperation! On the festival day, we were graced by members of Southwest Tribes from AZ & NM, we were offered the experience of multiple beautiful tribal sacred cultural performances, and we ended up with over 70 community organizations. Tucson's best-performing and social impact artists 'Tonight's Sunshine', with invited friends Bryce Rogers and Rolling Dusk, shared their souls and love for their community.
At the stadium parade, we were honored to walk with members from all 22 Arizona tribal flags and over 80 non-profit organization flags.
To add to it all, it was pure CELEBRATION and fun for every member of the family. We had race cars, flying footballs, a photo booth, fire truck, face painting, dancing, hula hooping, sports combine drills, a special maypole dance, and so much more! Thousands of people experienced our RAAVOLUTION Festival Community Village and Tailgate, and over 30k watched the college bowl game which included our 1st quarter RAAVOLUTION PARADE.
We took a giant leap forward this year in producing one of the most powerful Southwest cultural and festival experiences, and in 2024 we will continue to grow! We are happy to announce the return of our TRIBAL NATIONS TOUR OUTREACH! We will once again (where we are invited) go out into the far reaches of our Southwest Communities to bring a mini 6-hour RAAVOLUTION CELEBRATION EXPERIENCE (Co-Host Red Road to Wellbriety Celebration & Tonight's Sunshine) for our Tribal Friends. We hope to Recognize your community and culture, Advocate for your causes and resource organizations, Showcase young social impact artists and athletes, and Educate your young people on pathways to employment through our S.T.E.A.M. L.A.B.S. walk-through experience.
Please reach out to the me and the RAAVOLUTION team FOR US TO COME TO YOU! (520-971-4639) email@example.com)
My Thank Yous' - please read through. It takes people with huge hearts, talent, and the will to help make special things happen.
I would like to extend my deepest appreciation and feelings of gratitude to all of you who made it possible. Kim with Women Under The Sun, Tonight's Sunshine, Eddie Grijalva, Nati Cano, Faith Ramon, Jon Rios, The Red Road to Wellbriety Committee, 5th Avenue Productions, Ramses Abud, Tierra Antigua Realty, Jacuzzi Bath and Remodel, Laptops 4 Learning, Jeff with Lady Baba Does Promo, The Patch Boys, Eegee's, La Cholla Dental, Luis & Mastadon Mouthguards, Tucson Buckets, Rolling Dusk, Bryce Rogers, Aura, Emi & Marcus Sydow EXP Realty, Julie, Scott, Loren, Lucy with 'Force for Health', Amy and the Amado Youth Alliance, Sandra with Tucson Media Partners, and Kym, Ben, Del, Erik along with the Arizona Bowl Staff, Board, and Volunteers.
Thank you to my good friends in the Entertainment and Social Impact Industry - Brad, Steven, Nancy, Steve, and my 40 year best friend - the Nations Social Impact 'Yoda' - Dr Dwash.
I would like to give a special Thank you to personal friends Julie & Christine from NM - who not only inspired and picked me up when I needed it the most, but encouraged me to keep going with the RAAVOLUTION Vision through COVID and 4 major surgeries, but they also financed the last 2 years of production to make this year RAAVOLUTION success possible. My Heart is yours Julie and Christine.
And last, my Son Cougar Bellinger for being by my side for 15 years from the beginning of the RAAVOLUTIOIN, including managing all Sound Production, Diego for being the Go-To for all things Productions - along with a special thank you to Anastasia for inspiring all of us with your heart through your vocals, songwriting, and relentless passion to better humanity through music.
For those of you who don't know, without the Band 'Tonight's Sunshine' (Anastasia, Cougar, Diego), the RAAVOLUTION would not exist. Tonight's Sunshine has produced or performed for more the 150 social impact concerts and they founded the Tribal Nations Music Tour which was the spark to everything we now know as the RAAVOLUTION.
To everyone - many many blessings for joining us! 2024 is already being talked about! LETS GO!
UP NEXT? The RAAVOLUTION Celebration Party - Downtown Tucson - Date & Location -TBD
Why Is The RAAVOLUTION Festival S.T.E.A.M. L.A.B.S Station Tour Important?
THE RAAVOLUTION S.T.E.A.M L.A.B.S. EXPERIENCES
UNLEASHING THE POWER BEHIND THE CURTIAN OF LARGEST EMPLOYER OF 21st CENTURY TECH JOBS
— THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY —
RAAVOLUTION S.T.E.A.M L.A.B.S.
LIVE ENGAGING EXPERIENCES AND PROJECTS
PRODUCING ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCES AND PROJECTS FOR TEENS
& YOUNG ADULTS 13-24 YEARS OLD
UNLOCKING 21ST CENTURY EMPLOYMENT PATHWAYS IN:
Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Math Leadership-Athletics-Business-Social Impact
Celebrating Culture-Social Impactors-Arizona Non-Profits
RAAVOLUTION Tribal Nations Heritage Village Host and CO-FOUNDER Eddie Grijalva of the Annual Red Road to Wellbriety Celebration, - Eddie was recognizing members of tribal communities who attended from all over the southwest
Women Under The Sun-International
After a decade of being socially connected to Kym Adair, we finally met in person! Like our similar names, the Meet-Up was a Total Conicidence. Kym (also last name Adair) is the Director of The Arizona Bowl ( https://thearizonabowl.com), which is the reason, we have the RAAVOLUTION Festival, Parade Of Flags & Tailgate Experience!
Thanks to RAAVOLUTION Founder Kairand (Kevin) Bellinger, I was privlledged, to serve another year-2023, as an assistant to Kairand, in marketing, sponsorships, and anything he needed help with!
I consider it a total priviledge, to be a committee member and Gobal Partner as "Women Under The Sun-International" for such an impactful event, that is a part of the larger national event- The Arizona Bowl. The AZ Bowl has an even larger inpact on the Tucson economy and funding for Arizona Non-Profits and more Heros who are making a difference! Keep in mind, Grants will be available soon, so don't forget to check in with the Arizona Bowl website by March - https://thearizonabowl.com.
Women Under The Sun is Proud to Produce the RAAVOLUTION Newsletters for 23/24.