Fundraisers

If you’re in the San Diego area tomorrow, May 2nd, head down to Mission Bay to check out StayClassy.org’s Elemental Experience Music & Art Festival.

The lineup is pretty insane, including killer performances by: 

Matisyahu (8:20 – 9:45 PM)
Bassnectar (6:50 – 7:50 PM)
Pinback (5:20 – 6:20 PM)
Mason Jennings (4:00 – 4:50 PM)
Dirty Sweet (2:45 – 3:30 PM)
Pete & J (1:45 – 2:30 PM)
Jay Nash (12:45 – 1:30 PM)
The Kneehighs (12:00 – 12:30 PM)
DJ Scooter (7:50 – 8:20 PM)
DJ Craig Smooth (6:20 – 6:50 PM)
DJ Ayla (4:50 – 5:20 PM)
… and more in between all acts.

To top it all off, this is a fundraiser for San Diego Youth Services; (SDYS) and Stay Classy Foundation have partnered to bring a much-needed shelter to homeless 18-24 year-olds in San Diego.

I’m going… what better way to spend your Saturday than to see some killer music by the beach in America’s Finest City?

 

 

 

AT THE BAREBACK GRILL GASLAMP
624 E St (between 6th Ave & 7th Ave)
San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 237-9990

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2008

South Coast Surf Shops has teamed up with SurfShot Media in a fund-raiser for SurfAid International. The fundraiser will be held at Bareback Grill, in the heart of downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter on Thursday, September 4. The fund-raising party has been timed in conjunction with ASR, the surf industry’s biggest convention of the year, held at San Diego’s Convention Center September 4-6.South Coast ASR Party with Surfshot

According to SouthCoast.com co-owner Heather Shields, the partnership between SurfShot and South Coast for an ASR event is a perfect match.

“South Coast has been serving the San Diego surfing community since 1974, and SurfShot magazine has grown to be one of our most supportive partners for local advertising. When they came to us with the idea for a SurfAid fund-raiser, we jumped on it.”

Said John Cocozza, account executive and staff photographer for SurfShot, “We wanted to do something for all the ASR people to let loose after the first day of the convention, and maybe conduct a little business over a burger and beer with colleagues. The entertainment will be top-notch. It’s an event that everybody will be talking about the next day.”

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Big Worm’s Big Give

by Robb on July 16, 2008

by Kimmy Lamb

On Wednesday, May 28th, anyone strolling past RT Longboard’s in Pacific Beach may have just thought the bar was having a good night, but those on the inside knew that this night was more special than most. On this particular evening, the family and friends of Matt “Big Worm” Joyce came together to honor his memory, as well as raise money to support his cause, BIG Worm’s CF Life Foundation.

When Worm decided to start a foundation for kids with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), he set out a plan with his uncle to make it successful. Worm had a hand in every aspect of creating a foundation that continues to improve the quality of life for CF patients during their treatment plans. The Big Give was a fund raiser in memory of Worm and his work.

Worm had a lot of friends, but the amount of people who showed up to support the Big Give was way beyond our expectations. The bar was packed, with standing room only.

It was tough to weave through the crowd, but as I did, I could overhear people sharing stories about how they met Worm or how he had touched their lives…

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By Robb Bailey

The Life Rolls On Foundation is more than just a non-profit organization. Jesse Billauer, the founder of Life Rolls On (LRO), has an amazing life story. If you haven’t heard of Jesse or LRO, view this short video to catch up. The video does more justice than a paragraph will.

Although Jesse’s cause is an extremely noble one (to raise awareness about spinal cord injuries), his cause is about more than just his life story. The organization is spreading holiday cheer without the excuse of a holiday. For a group of spinal cord-injured surfers, the They Will Surf Again event (TWSO) puts would-be spectators on waves, in the water, next to everyone else.

With as many as over 100 volunteers each session, this event is fueled by givers of all kinds. According to Kris Nakamura of LRO, the event is completely run by volunteers and the participants do their part to help the injured get stoked on some nice tasty waves.

Nakamura stressed that the event isn’t really about Jesse at all, but about allowing the spinal cord-injured community to come together and surf again. Although Jesse is an inspirational young man (to say the least), he encourages people to consider that there are over 250,000 people affected by spinal cord-related injuries in the U.S. alone. His mission is to find a cure.

He’s doing it by doing what he does best: surfing. Jesse recently entered the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, which has inspired hundreds of other injured surfers to attend the TWSA events this summer, some from very far distances.

“It’s hard enough for paralyzed surfers getting down to the sand in a wheelchair, much less suit up for a surf,” mentioned Nakamura. Imagine changing into your wetsuit with two legs that are asleep the part before the pins and needles. Oh, and without full use of your arms. The process of getting into the water for spinal cord injured surfers requires a few pairs of extra hands with some muscle, a luxury most of the surfers don’t readily have on a day-to-day basis.

An estimated five to six volunteers are needed to suit up, carry in, and help navigate one paralyzed surfer into a wave. So the TWSA event depends on lots of help.

Lea Thomann, a local surfer out of OB, volunteered last year at a previous TWSA event. “Jesse spoke to students at USC’s Department of Physical Therapy to tell us his story and bring awareness of opportunities in the community affected by SCI.”

Thomann and a few friends were inspired to help out after hearing Jesse speak, so they went online and registered to volunteer for the event. A few weeks later they were driving to Bolsa Chica State Beach to help out.

“We showed up early, helped set up the beach, and started taking surfers down to the water in sand wheelchairs.” Among the modified equipment was a quiver of surfboards specially designed for the surfers that day. The boards have ‘reverse fins’, which are on the top deck of the surfboard, to keep the surfer’s legs from slipping side to side.

According to Thomann, the best part about the day was the people involved. “The hardest thing to describe was the atmosphere, there was such a positive vibe in the air. We saw the biggest grins on people faces: some of them haven’t been in the water in years.”

Thomann admitted that after the event was over she felt a high that helped put things in perspective in her own life. She only offered these words to sum the volunteer experience up, “If you’re thinking about joining in, I highly recommend it.”

To find out more about upcoming They Will Surf Again events, sign up here.

To view a video of past events, click here.

Help Our Ocean, Win A House

by Robb on August 14, 2007

by Robb Bailey

Our friends over at the Ocean Institute, a non-profit organization in Dana Point dedicated to ocean education, recently kicked off their biggest fundraiser of the year.

For the third year in a row they are raffling off the chance to win a ton of prizes, including the Grand Prize of a home in Laguna Beach OR $1,000,000 cash. In addition, there are various other prizes including large cash amounts ($25,000), a new Lexus (hybrid of course), vacations, and a plasma television.

Greg Hermann, Program Director for The Ocean Institute remarked, “Last year a woman from Foothill Ranch bought one ticket and won the grand prize, choosing to take the $1,000,000.”

Details:

  • Tickets are selling at $150, with a maximum of 18,000 tickets sold total.
  • Incentives for early purchase and purchasing more than one ticket.
  • Enter by August 15 and you qualify for 2 early bird drawings and the grand prize drawing in October
  • For those that buy two or more tickets, a chance to win a 2008 Lexus Hybrid (RX400h), a Hawaiian vacation, a first class trip to Grand Cayman and more

Just sixty miles up the coast from San Diego, the Institute has become nationally known for its hands-on marine science, environmental education and maritime history programs. Every year, more than 78,000 K-12 students and 6,000 teachers participate in the Institute’s 61 award-winning, immersion style programs.

Their goal is simple: to be the world’s best experiential ocean education organization.

What does this mean in English? The Ocean Institute believes if people, particularly kids, are educated about the ocean, they will do their part to preserve it. Have a kid in school? Tell them to ask their teacher about a field trip to the Ocean Institute!

Cruise on over to their website for more details.