Charlotte: Foundation to launch in December

Carolinas News Notes

by QNotes Staff  Staff Reports  editor@goqnotes.com
Published: November 24, 2012 in Carolinas News Notes

Photo Credit: Blyte Spirit Photography

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Twelve In Twelve (twelveintwelve.org), the non-profit organization founded by J.D. Lewis that took his two sons, Jackson and Buck, around the world for 12 months doing relief work on all seven continents and 12 countries, will launch The Twelve In Twelve Foundation at Harvest Moon Grille at The Dunhill Hotel, 237 N. Tryon St., on Dec. 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited.

Lewis, an accomplished actor, playwright, acting coach and commercial talent who moved to Charlotte in 2007 to open an Actor’s Lab office and to raise his children, has established an official 501(c)(3) for Twelve In Twelve to facilitate other families making such international humanitarian trips and to continue to raise money and awareness for the organizations Lewis and his sons helped on their journey. qnotes featured the family prior to their journeys in its May 28, 2011 issue (goqnotes.com/11191/).

Twelve In Twelve was created because J.D.’s 13-year-old son came home from school one day and said, “Dad, we have this great life…How come we aren’t doing more to make a difference in the world?” That sparked an idea that would change their lives forever.

They created a not-for-profit organization and held grassroots funding-raising events to finance the cause. In July 2011, they headed out on a journey of a lifetime. At the time, they did not know that it was a world record, the first family to do humanitarian work on all seven continents in one year.

The family traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, where they volunteered in an orphanage for children with Down Syndrome. In Chiang Mai, Thailand, the father and his boys volunteered at The Elephant Nature Park, helping elephants rescued from abuse. The family say the Dalai Lama speak for four days and then took up English lessons for Tibeten refugees. In Nairobi, Kenya, they volunteered at an HIV clinic.

The family even traveled to Antarctica, where they volunteered on The Ushuaia Ship and assisted scientists and crew. But, they didn’t forget about home. They traveled to the Deep South, volunteering with Operation Upward, a food program for inner-city kids in Jackson, Miss.

The Foundation will help raise awareness, donations and supplies for the organizations they worked with worldwide.

J.D. Lewis created an extensive photographic and film library along his journey. The 13,000 photo images and film footage will be developed into a documentary and will include interviews with those the family met along the way.

The ultimate mission of Lewis’ Twelve In Twelve is to establish a local office, website and network of organizations, helping to guide other individuals and/or families interested in volunteering to positively impact the global community. Twelve In Twelve also seeks to inspire both children and parents to engage in the issues that are impacting the world by promoting the efforts of Twelve In Twelve volunteer families.

For more information, visit twelveintwelve.org.

— from press releases