Tony Hawk, Ben Harper To Announce Boards + Bands Auction To Build Skateparks
August 10, 2015 at 12:25 PM (PT)
TONY HAWK and BEN HARPER will announce this year's 2015 BOARDS + BAND AUCTION to help raise funds to build skateparks for kids on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12th at THE LONDON WEST HOLLYWOOD (1020 N. San Vicente Blvd.) at 6p (PT).
The legendary skateboarder and GRAMMY and GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter will unveil the list of talent participating in this year's auction, which pairs superstar musicians with some of the biggest skateboarders in the world to create a collaborative art piece.
HAWK invited a select group of professional skateboarders to donate their personally ridden skateboards and submit the name of their favorite songs. HARPER then sent those boards on to the appropriate artists with one simple message: "Please write the lyrics to this skater's favorite song on his skateboard, and we'll use it to create more skateparks for kids."
The collection will then be available for auction, with all proceeds benefitting the TONY HAWK FOUNDATION. Previously announced participants in the 2015 auction include: NYJAH HUSTON/METALLICA, CHRIS COLE/ELTON JOHN & BERNIE TAUPIN, RILEY HAWK/OZZY OSBOURNE and CHAZ ORTIZ/TOM PETTY, with more to be announced.
The BOARDS + BANDS fundraising initiative merges the worlds of skateboarding and music to benefit the work of the TONY HAWK FOUNDATION, a charitable, non-profit organization that promotes and provides technical assistance and funds for high-quality skateparks in low-income areas throughout the U.S. that promote healthy, active lifestyles, and to International programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding.
Here's a video explaining the event: