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Tony Hawk And Friends Celebrate The 11th Annual Stand Up For Skateparks Benefit In Beverly Hills

September 22, 2014 (Los Angeles, CA) – With DJ Z-Trip spinning and mashing sounds atop the 13-foot halfpipe, Tony Hawk’s 11th-annual Stand Up For Skateparks benefit came to a climactic conclusion with Hawk and other top skate and BMX pros performing an all-star demo yesterday at Green Acres Estate in Beverly Hills, California. The event has become a staple for Tony Hawk Foundation supporters and celebrities alike, offering a fun kid-centric day that culminates with Hawk and friends performing on his personal ramp. And eleven years on, Hawk is still finding ways to mash up the program—this year putting Z-Trip in the middle of the action and high above the crowd.  
 
Tony Hawk’s Stand Up For Skateparks is a family-friendly action-sports carnival with games, food, and live and silent auctions with one-of-a-kind items and experiences. Another sell-out crowd and terrific auction items like Hawkized custom vehicles from MINI and Triumph, special celebrity experiences from Ben Harper, Jon Favreau, and Metallica’s Robert Trujillo, a guitar signed by Slash, and one-of-a-kind visits to Napa, Dubai, and the Gumball 3000 rally helped this year’s Stand Up For Skateparks raise over $850,000. Proceeds support the Tony Hawk Foundation’s mission to empower youth through the creation of free, quality, public skateparks in low-income communities throughout the U.S., and Internationally with programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding. 

“Stand Up For Skateparks and the skatepark movement in general have come such a long way.”— Tony Hawk

 
“Stand Up For Skateparks and the skatepark movement in general have come such a long way,” said Tony Hawk. “With more than 500 skateparks in all 50 states receiving funding from THF, and more than 2,000 projects benefiting from our technical assistance program, we’re as busy and as needed as ever. This was our eleventh-annual benefit, and I believe it was our best yet. Skating my ramp with DJ Z-Trip spinning and mashing it up on the deck— literally with the riders—was incredible. It was a great display of skateboarding, BMX and music, and a fitting end to a terrific day.”
 
Notable attendees this year included Mel B., Julie Bowen, Erik Estrada, Eve, Perry Farrell, Bob Forrest, Willie Garson, Brian Austin Green, Tom Green, Tiger Greene, David Hasselhoff, Andrea Jaeger, Anthony Keidis (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Chuck Liddell, Chris Massey, Kyle Massey, Novogratz Family, Joaquin Phoenix, Rain Phoenix, Holly Robinson Peete, Slash, Verne Troyer, Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Chris Tucker, Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy), Wee Man (Jackass), pro-skaters Lizzie Armanto, Andy Macdonald, Tom Schaar, Elliot Sloan, Kevin Staab, and Lincoln Ueda, and BMX Riders Simon Tabron and Coco Zurita. 
Stand Up For Skateparks was co-Chaired by Tony Hawk and DJ Z-Trip. Benefit Committee members include Ron Burkle, Eve and Maximillion Cooper, Fred Durst, Etty and Perry Farrell, Jon Favreau, Brian Austin Green, Mat Hoffman, Bobby Kotick, Jason Lee, Tommy Lee, Chuck Liddell, Howie Mandel, Rodney Mullen, Lyn-Z and Travis Pastrana, Chris Sacca, Sultan AlSaud, Christian Slater, Henry Stupp, Robert Trujillo, Steve Van Doren, Mark Wahlberg, Lori and Bill Walton, and Shaun White. 
 
This year’s event was made possible through the generosity and support of Kohl’s, MINI USA, Gumball 3000 Foundation, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Clif Kid, HEXBUG, Nixon, Sony Action Cam, Sweetwater, and The Yucaipa Companies.

2012 Beverly Hills Stand Up For Skateparks

Stars Align in Beverly Hills

Action-Sports legends and celebrities came together to raise money for the Tony Hawk Foundation.

Los Angeles, Calif. – October 9, 2012 – To the crowd’s delight, skateboarding legends Tony Hawk, Andy Macdonald, Kevin Staab, Mitchie Brusco, Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins Pastrana, Lincoln Ueda, and BMX icons Jamie Bestwick and Mat Hoffman took command of the Vert Demo with an aerial display the 1,000 guests will not soon forget. Fueling the energy and excitement during the Vert Demo was DJ Z-Trip, whose performance seemed to only take the athletes to greater heights. Following the Vert Demo was a special live musical performance by the platinum-selling alternative-rock band, Jimmy Eat World. The action-packed event all came together in an effort to raise funds to build free, quality public skateparks for youth in low-income communities.

The Tony Hawk Foundation put on yet another entertaining, star-studded event, including some of the biggest names in entertainment and action sports. The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD Presents Stand Up For Skateparks benefit was held at the Green Acres Estate in sunny Beverly Hills, California on Sunday. The family-friendly event, now in its 9th year, raised $979,000, including $27,000 to help build a skatepark in the Los Angeles community of San Pedro, where youth have rallied around the project.

Those who came out to enjoy the festivities in support of the Tony Hawk Foundation include Jon Favreau, Jason Lee, Shaun White, Chuck Liddell, Bill Walton, Fred Durst, Michael Rapaport, Leeza Gibbons, Willie Garson, J.R. Martinez, Lindsey Berg, Chris Harrison, Nyjah Huston, Mike “Rooftop” Escamilla, Robert Trujillo, Edwin Moses, Holly Robinson Peete, A.C. Green, David Spade, Marisa Quinn, Lou Wegner, Jason Ellis, Nate Mendel and Mike Vallely.

“Every year we try to make the Stand Up For Skateparks event bigger and better while raising funds for the Foundation, and we definitely accomplished that this year more than ever,” said Tony Hawk. “It is always refreshing to see the enthusiasm from top athletes, celebrities, sponsors and attendees who support the Foundation’s mission to provide free, quality skateparks in low-income communities. It makes a tremendous impact in kids’ lives, and I am truly grateful for their support.”

Every year we try to make the Stand Up For Skateparks event bigger and better while raising funds for the Foundation, and we definitely accomplished that this year more than ever.

—Tony Hawk

Aside from the mind-blowing Vert Demo and stellar musical performances, the family-centric event included interactive games for kids of all ages, great food, and a live and silent auction with one-of-a- kind items. Some of the unique auction items included: a “Hawkized” 2012 Triumph Bonneville T100 110th Anniversary motorcycle customized by Roland Sands Design; a 2013 Tony Hawk Edition Ford Explorer customized by Galpin Auto Sport and DUB; the Ultimate Napa Valley Experience; a Red Hot Chili Peppers autographed Fender Guitar; a Shaun White autographed Burton Snowboard; Shepard Fairey Iggy Pop screen print; an Aerosmith autographed drumhead; on-set experiences for shows such as ‘The Voice’, ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’, ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ with Gordon Ramsay, and ‘Extra TV’ with Mario Lopez.; once-in-a-lifetime vacation packages; a Kelly Slater autographed Channel Islands surfboard; and a Jam Session with Ben Harper.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD Presents Stand Up For Skateparks was Co-Chaired by Tony Hawk and accomplished actor, comedian, and skateboarder Jason Lee. Other 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.

The Tony Hawk Foundation launched its Stand Up For Skateparks fundraiser in 2004 with a mission to help empower at-risk youth through the creation of free, quality, and public skateparks in low-income communities across the U.S. The organization just celebrated the funding of over 500 skateparks. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD Presents Stand Up For Skateparks was made successful through the generosity and support of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, Bravo Sports, Dynacraft, Kohl’s, Mondrian Los Angeles, Nixon, Olloclip, Quiksilver Foundation, SIGG, Sweetwater Video, The Yucaipa Companies and RIDE Channel (a 24-hour channel devoted to skateboarding and its lifestyle, produced by 900 Films in partnership with YouTube).


2011 Beverly Hills Stand Up For Skateparks

Action sports descend upon Beverly Hills for 8th-annual Tony Hawk Foundation benefit.

10/5/11 (Vista, CA) – Within the span of an hour, a Vert Demo with Tony Hawk, Shaun White, Bucky Lasek, Mat Hoffman, Mitchie Brusco, and Lincoln Ueda was followed by an intimate set by the Grammy-winning duo The Black Keys. If you were there, you will remember it forever. If you weren’t, you have a chance to experience another memorable event in just a few weeks.

“It was our best event by far,” said Tony Hawk. “The auction items were one-of-a-kind, and the skate demo was one of the best sessions I have ever witnessed (or taken part in). The Black Keys were the icing on the cake—the crowd was in awe.”

—Tony Hawk

The DaGeDar Presents Stand Up For Skateparks benefit took place Sunday at the home of Ron Burkle, Green Acres Estate, in Beverly Hills, California. In addition to the Vert Demo and The Black Keys performance, the family-oriented event featured interactive activities for kids of all ages, great food, and live and silent auctions. Auction items included a custom Triumph Scrambler 900 “Hawkized” by Roland Sands Design, a Tony Hawk Edition Customized Ford Explorer by Galpin Auto Sports and DUB, and autographed skateboard decks from Tony Hawk and other top pros like Chris Cole, Ryan Sheckler, Nyjah Huston, and Shaun White. Other auction items included a Kelly Slater-autographed surfboard, as well as autographed guitars from Jane’s Addiction, Green Day, and Rancid, plus luxury vacations and much more.

The benefit raised $755,000 for the Tony Hawk Foundation’s mission to build free public skateparks in low-income areas, providing local, at-risk youth an opportunity to participate in a fun, safe and healthy new activity.

DaGeDar Presents Stand Up For Skateparks was Co-Chaired by Tony Hawk and fellow THF Board Member and skate legend Mike Vallely, with other notable supporters including Andre Agassi, Michael “Flea” Balzary, Ron Burkle, Chantal and Stephen Cloobeck, Jamie Lee Curtis, Patrick Dempsey, Jon Favreau, Perry Farrell, Leeza Gibbons, Brian Austin Green, Robin and Danny Greenspun, Ben Harper, Mat Hoffman, Terry Kennedy, Anthony Kiedis, Bobby Kotick, Chuck Liddell, Howie Mandel, Sal Masekela, Lance Mountain, Andrew and Trina Pascal, Andrew Reynolds, David Spade, Bill Walton, and Shaun White.

“It was our best event by far,” said Tony Hawk. “The auction items were one-of-a-kind, and the skate demo was one of the best sessions I have ever witnessed (or taken part in). The Black Keys were the icing on the cake—the crowd was in awe.”

Many celebrities and their families were among the guests, including Mark Wahlberg, Jon Favreau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bill Walton, Perry and Etty Farrell, Chuck Liddell, Kat Von D, Mike ”Rooftop” Escamilla, Fred Durst, Rob Machado, Tillman the Skateboarding Dog, dance troupe Chi-Town’s Finest Breakers, Kevin Staab, Jason Ellis, Jamie Thomas, Stevie Williams, Holly Robinson Peete, Lance Mountain, Chris Cole, Stefan Lessard, Rodney Mullen, and Legoland’s Darth Vader.

In keeping with tradition, a pledge drive was announced at the event to benefit a local skatepark project. Youth from the challenged Canoga Park community in Los Angeles were present as Tony and event Co-Chair Mike Vallely rallied the crowd to support their skatepark. Donations for this important project are still being accepted. Through October, contribute $300 or more to the skatepark effort in Canoga Park and receive an autographed Tony Hawk skateboard deck. See the video about this project and make your contribution at www.skatecanogapark.org.

The Tony Hawk Foundation launched its Stand Up For Skateparks fundraiser in 2004 to support its mission to help create free, safe, legal skateparks for youth in low-income communities across the U.S. To-date the Tony Hawk Foundation has helped fund 493 public skateboard parks in these communities, which now service 3.5-million youth annually.

DaGeDar Presents Stand Up For Skateparks was made possible through the support of Ex Drinks, Activision, Mondrian Los Angeles, Kohl’s, T-Mobile USA, Quiksilver Foundation, and Tech Deck.

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