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 (Sunday, September 21) 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," 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.
For more information about Tony Hawk's Stand Up For Skateparks, visit www.standupforskateparks.org.