Tony Hawk Lands The 900 For His Foundation Supporters
10/11/09 (Beverly Hills, CA) — Having played the Tony Hawk Foundation’s first benefit in 2004, the re-united blink-182 took a break from their current North American tour to honor Tony’s invitation to perform at the sixth-annual Tony Hawk: RIDE Presents Stand Up for Skateparks event. But blink-182 wasn’t the only great comeback story of the day—Tony also landed the elusive 900 during a vert demo that saw contest-winning performances by Hawk and fellow skaters Bucky Lasek, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Andy Macdonald, Lincoln Ueda, and Kevin Staab, plus BMXers Simon Tabron and Coco Zurita, as well as some ramp-top cheerleading from Tom Green and Fred Durst.
The sixth-annual Tony Hawk: RIDE Presents Stand Up For Skateparks benefit returned to the exclusive Green Acres estate in Beverly Hills, California to raise critical funds for the Tony Hawk Foundation’s mission to bring free, quality public skateparks to youth in low-income areas across the U.S. But that’s where the resemblance to previous Stand Up events ends. In addition to the amazing Vert Demo and blink-182 performance, the family-centric action-sports carnival featured all-new games, activities, plus unique auction items like a “Hawkized” 2010 Ford Mustang GT customized by Galpin Auto Sports and DUB. Guests mingled with stars like Tommy Lee, Tom Green, Danny Way, Victoria Beckham, Chris “Big Black” Boykin, Jon Favreau, Mat Hoffman, Chuck Liddell, Terry Kennedy, Fred Durst, Johnny Knoxville, Travis Barker, Erik Estrada, Verne Troyer, Tom DeLonge, Perry Farrell, David Spade, Mark Hoppus, Paul Rodriguez, Jr., and event emcee Sal Masekela.
A highlight of the day was the Pledge Drive for a skatepark project in the Watts district of Los Angeles. The Tony Hawk Foundation has joined with Wasserman Media Group, California Skateparks, and Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn to launch the project at the event with a fundraising Pledge Drive. Several youth from Watts joined Tony on-stage, where he led the effort and generated $43,500 in pledges for the project, which will be built in the shadow of the world-famous Watts Towers landmark.
Those who weren’t able to attend Tony Hawk: RIDE Presents Stand Up For Skateparks can still support the development of the Watts Towers Skatepark. By texting the word RIDE to 90999, mobile-phone users can make a $5 donation to the Tony Hawk Foundation (when prompted please reply with YES to confirm your gift. Full terms at mGive.com/A). From now through Tuesday, October 20, all donations made through the foundation’s mobile-giving program will directly benefit the Watts Towers Skatepark project.
Tony Hawk: RIDE Presents Stand Up For Skateparks raised a total of 775,000 dollars to support the Tony Hawk Foundation’s mission to bring free, quality public skateparks to youth in low-income areas, and was made possible through the generous support of Activision, UFC, Ex Drinks, Andaz, Dynacraft, and Galpin Auto Sports.
Tony Hawk: RIDE Presents Stand Up For Skateparks makes its Las Vegas debut on November 7, when it be will hosted by the Wynn Las Vegas resort. Event Benefit Committee members Andre Agassi, Lance Armstrong, Travis Barker, Ron Burkle, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Eisner, Jon Favreau, Lorenzo Fertitta, Frank Fertitta III, Jeff Fine, Robin Greenspun, Mia Hamm, Mat Hoffman, Kathy Ireland, Bobby Kotick, Chuck Liddell, George Maloof, Andrew Pascal, Shaun White and Elaine Wynn join Tony to bring this unique event to The Strip. Tony Hawk: RIDE Presents Stand Up For Skateparks at the Wynn Las Vegas will also feature a Pledge Drive for the Freedom Skatepark project in Las Vegas.