After losing their retail business in the San Fernando Valley earthquake of 1994, Kevin and Mare Wachs (pronounced Wax) used their federal recovery funds to create Earthly Body, a naturally-derived personal care products company, that started in their garage and later moved into a 50,000 square foot, solar powered facility in Chatsworth that today serves as their corporate headquarters.
With the company’s success – their products are now sold in over 40 countries around the globe - Kevin and Mare knew they wanted to pay their good fortune forward, becoming trailblazers in the world of philanthropy, and donating a portion of every Earthly Body sale to their volunteer-run, 501(c)(3) non profit organization, the Get Together Foundation (www.gettogetherfoundation.org).
For over a decade they have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars and substantial time, to over 20 charities throughout Los Angeles County including Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission (hopeofthevalley.org), The Midnight Mission (www.midnightmission.org), The Teen Project (theteenproject.com), My Stuff Bags (www. mystuffbags.org), The Mr. Holland Opus Foundation (mhopus.org), TreePeople (www. treepeople.org), the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (aarbf.org), and LA Fire Dept’s Spark of Love (fire.lacounty.gov/home/sparklove- toy-drive), to name just a few.
In addition to running both Earthly Body and the Get Together Foundation, Kevin Wachs has always found time for his love of music. A drummer since high school, at one time his band, Pacific, was the No. 1 local musical group in the San Fernando Valley, winning KKDJ radio station’s Battle of the Bands with DJ Charlie Tuna. Kevin decided to combine his love of music with his mission of giving back, by founding The Tribe band, a supergroup including notable professional musicians that donates all of its proceeds to various causes. Rehearsing in a recording studio in the Earthly Body building, they’ve already made good progress towards their goal of changing the world one concert at a time, raising $70,000 at a concert in Los Angeles in June, benefiting the City of Hope.
Kevin’s passion for philanthropy has continued unabated, and is now focused on a subject he is passionate about – the plight of the homeless. Upon learning that California has the highest percentage of unsheltered homeless individuals in the country (55,000 in Los Angeles County alone), Kevin decided to experience this for himself by checking into one of Hope of the Valley’s overnight shelters for a night (the first CEO ever to do this). It was a life changing experience.
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