The Black Keys To Headline Stand Up For Skateparks

Posted: September 15, 2011

Rock duo will entertain at Tony Hawk Foundation’s 8th-annual benefit in Beverly Hills.

The Black Keys will perform at Stand Up For Skateparks in Beverly Hills on October 2, 2011.

9/15/11 (Vista, CA) – Grammy winning artists The Black Keys will headline the upcoming DaGeDar Presents Stand Up For Skateparks benefit hosted by the Tony Hawk Foundation in support of its mission to create free, quality, public skateparks for at-risk youth throughout the U.S.

The DaGeDar Presents Stand Up For Skateparks benefit will take place on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at the home of Ron Burkle, Green Acres Estate, in Beverly Hills, California. The family-oriented event will feature a Vert Demo with Tony Hawk and other icons of skateboarding and BMX on Tony’s personal ramp. The event will also offer interactive activities for kids of all ages, great food, and live and silent auctions. The Black Keys will perform in the program for an incomparably intimate and entertaining experience. The band is currently working on their seventh album with producer Danger Mouse.

The Black Keys join an impressive list of supporters of the Tony Hawk Foundation. Past performers include blink 182, Jane’s Addiction, Social Distortion, Rancid, Pennywise, and X. DaGeDar Presents Stand Up For Skateparks is 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.

“Rock-n-roll and skateboarding tend to go hand-in-hand,” said Patrick Carney of The Black Keys. “We’re excited to be a part of this amazing event and support such an exceptional cause.”

“The Black Keys were my first choice for bands to play Stand Up For Skateparks this year,” said Tony Hawk. “I am honored and excited that they accepted my invitation and look forward to an awesome performance.”

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 is made possible through the support of Ex Drinks, Activision, Mondrian Los Angeles, Kohl’s, T-Mobile USA, Quiksilver Foundation, and Tech Deck.

Information about DaGeDar Presents Stand Up For Skateparks, including tickets and sponsorship opportunities, is available at www.standupforskateparks.org. There you can also view some one-of-a-kind auction items, including signed memorabilia, unique experiences, and much more.

For more information about the benefit and tickets, please contact Lily Schwimmer at lily@tonyhawkfoundation.org or (760) 477-2479. For media inquiries, please contact Kelly Reeves at kelly@klrpr.com or (949) 509-1888.

For further information on The Black Keys, please contact Mary Moyer, Sacks & Co, mary@sacksco.com, (212) 741-1000.

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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 $3,972,350 to 493 communities. 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.tonyhawkfoundation.org.

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