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Musician Jack Johnson announces donation campaign for Wilmington nonprofit

Jack Johnson will match donations to Plastic Ocean Project through Oct. 15. (Courtesy POP).

WILMINGTON — A notable singer-songwriter and former professional surfer has announced he is matching funds donated to a local environment nonprofit over the next month. 

Hawaiian native Jack Johnson, known for soft rock hits like “Banana Pancakes” and “Better Together,” is doubling donations up to $2,500 given to Wilmington’s Plastic Ocean Project now through Oct. 15. This is the third occasion since 2014 the artist has pledged charitable support for the organization, whose mission is to end plastic pollution in oceans through clean-up and education initiatives.

POP will use those funds to support POP’s internship program and will pay for research supplies.

“We are blown away by this gesture, considering all of the worthwhile nonprofits out there, especially here in North Carolina,” POP’s Director Bonnie Monteleone said in a press release. 

The philanthropic musician and his wife, Kim Johnson, founded the Johnson Ohana Foundation in 2008 to sponsor organizations focusing on art, environmental and music education. Johnson typically donates 100% of his concert proceeds to charities.

In late August, Johnson performed in Raleigh and invited POP to take part in his“Village Green” a designated area set aside specifically for nonprofits to

connect concert-goers with environmental charities. Johnson also encourages fans to cycle or walk to the venue, bring their own refillable water bottles and concessions vendors are urged to use local suppliers and compostable containers.

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