Saturday, August 8th, 2009

John Lawrence Geary successfully broke the Guiness World Record for
"Most Hugs Given Out By One Person In A 24-Hour Period"
coming in at 5,050 hugs in a fund raising effort for Friends of The Chicago River

Saturday was a great success!. By the nature of the record I was attempting to break, I could not have done it alone, and I am grateful to everyone who participated. As a musician and music fan, I think Lollapalooza is incredible. I've had such a good time in the past and although I didn't go in this year, Im glad I contributed to the spirit of the festival, which is what it is all about. The whole experience was an exercise in sustaining positive energy, which is what life and music are all about. Now that I have accomplished my goal and set the record, my focus is on music. In the next few months I will be working on recording a collection of songs I have written and issuing my first proper release as well as re-forming my band WET. Thank you again to all who helped make this possible.



My name is John Lawrence Geary, I am a musician and environmentalist. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and attended Colorado State University majoring in biological science. I then returned to Chicago to attend Columbia College Chicago where I studied music production. I spent a summer in Los Angeles working with film composers and I now live in the greatest city on the planet, Chicago, where I create music for commercials (Starbeat Studios) and play with my bands 'WET’, ‘Rachele Eve’ & ‘The Village Green’.

My world record attempt is made in partnership with Friends of The Chicago River, a non-for-profit organization who’s programs work to improve the health of the Chicago river.


I will be attempting to break the world record of "Most Hugs Given Out By One Person In A 24-Hour Period" (currently 5,001) as a fund raising effort for Friends of The Chicago River, a Chicago based 501(c)3 non-profit organization who’s efforts work to improve the health of the Chicago River. You can learn more about what they do at their website


Saturday, August 8th, 2009.


Grant Park, Chicago, IL. Just outside the gates of Lollapalooza Music Festival on the Southwest corner of Columbus and Congress Parkway. LOOK FOR THE HUGS FOR WATER TENT.


Water is quite literally what keeps all of us beautiful people alive. As long as we manage it properly it should always be there for us. That is to say, if we take care of it, it will continue to take care of us. When I decided to attempt to set this record, I knew I wanted to do it for a water related cause. There are numerous organizations that focus on building wells and other ways of bringing clean water to those in other countries and I commend those efforts, but for my event I wanted to focus locally.

We (American's) have a great desire to help those in less fortunate areas, which is great, but sometimes we neglect our own situations. I wanted to highlight the fact that we have the world’s largest body of freshwater right next door, and it is going to become increasingly important how we manage this.

"Water, the lifeblood of all earthly creatures, makes up an uncanny percentage of our physical being and facilitates most of our physiological processes. Placed together in a symbiotic relationship with water, on planet earth, we hold a responsiblity to take care of it, with love, so that it may return the favor as it has for thousands of years. The hug, the most universal gesture of love, acts as my testament to this purpose."

-John Lawrence Geary


My world record attempt is made as an effort to draw attention to the importance of how we manage our water systems. I have teamed up with Friends of The Chicago River and am encouraging you to make a donation at their website in the name of HugsForWater. You may choose to donate in any amount. My goal is to raise 5,002 dollars. That’s $1 for every hug I will need to give to break the record.

Check back to this site for updates about my attempt, water, hugs, and music.


Click the link below to make a donation to Friends of the Chicago River in the name of HugsForWater.


John Lawrence Geary


John Geary Music

Wet Band

Rachele Eve

Packy Lundholm