LOS ANGELES, Calif. – August 20, 2012 – With unique games and activities, plus a Vert Demo with skateboarding and BMX icons, skateboard virtuoso and philanthropist Tony Hawk returns to Beverly Hills for the 9th-Annual Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD Presents Stand Up For Skateparks extravaganza. The benefit will take place Sunday, October 7, 2012 at Green Acres Estate in Beverly Hills, California.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD presents Stand Up For Skateparks benefit is a family-friendly event that includes games, food, and live and silent auctions with one-of-a-kind items and experiences. The event will also feature a special musical performance and a Vert Demo with Tony and other skateboarding and BMX icons riding Hawk’s personal ramp. Proceeds help the Tony Hawk Foundation’s mission to empower at-risk youth through the creation of free, quality, public skateparks in low-income communities across the U.S.
This year’s event will be Co-Chaired by Tony Hawk and renowned actor, comedian, and skateboarder Jason Lee. Benefit Committee members include Andre Agassi, Ron Burkle, Chantal and Stephen J. Cloobeck, Jamie Lee Curtis, Patrick Dempsey, Jon Favreau, Etty and Perry Farrell, Leeza Gibbons, Robin and Danny Greenspun, Ben Harper, Mat Hoffman, Bobby Kotick, Chuck Liddell, Howie Mandel, Sal Masekela, Lance Mountain, Christian Slater, Mike Vallely, Mark Wahlberg, Lori and Bill Walton, and Shaun White.
“We just celebrated the funding of our 500th skatepark,” said Tony Hawk. “It’s because of the generous people who support the Tony Hawk Foundation and attend the Stand Up For Skateparks events that we can continue to fund skateparks in low-income neighborhoods. It’s so cool to see celebrities and athletes come out to support the cause while enjoying a fun, relaxing day with their families.”
Stand Up For Skateparks is made possible through the generosity and support of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, Bravo Sports, Dynacraft, Kohl’s, Mondrian Los Angeles, Murray Home Theater, Nixon, Quiksilver Foundation, SIGG, Sweetwater Video, The Yucaipa Companies, WestPrint Group, and RIDE CHANNEL (a 24-hour channel devoted to skateboarding and its lifestyle, produced by 900 Films in partnership with YouTube).
Individual tickets and ticket packages are available for the 9th-Annual Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD Presents Stand Up For Skateparks. To purchase tickets, please contact Lily Schwimmer at (760) 477-2479, or to purchase online visit: www.standupforskateparks.org. There you can also view some one-of-a-kind auction items, including signed memorabilia, unique experiences, and much more!
A charitable, non-profit organization, the Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 by its namesake, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, to promote and provide funds for high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States—with an emphasis on the word "quality." Since then, the Foundation has awarded over $4-million to 505 communities in all 50 states. The Foundation focuses on working with local officials and grassroots, community-based organizations that plan to hire designers and contractors with strong experience designing and building skateparks.
The Tony Hawk Foundation was established by a gift from Tony Hawk. Its directors raise additional funds through events, industry donations, and continuing contributions from Tony and other entities. In addition to skateparks, the Foundation also makes donations to other children-related charities, as chosen by its Board of Directors. For more information or to make a donation, visit the Foundation's Web site at www.standupforskateparks.org. You can also visit THF on facebook at www.facebook.com/tonyhawkfoundation, on Twitter @THawkFoundation, and on Instagram @tonyhawkfoundation.