SOURCE: The Tony Hawk Foundation

October 05, 2007 15:07 ET

Tony Hawk's Proving Ground Stand Up for Skateparks Benefiting The Tony Hawk Foundation Sunday, October 7, Beverly Hills, CA 12 Noon - 4PM Celebrity Press Conference 12 Noon

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 5, 2007) - The fourth-annual Tony Hawk's Proving Ground Stand Up For Skateparks benefit taking place at a private estate in Beverly Hills on Sunday, October 7, 2007, is sold out with 1,000 guests expected to attend. Funds raised benefit The Tony Hawk Foundation -- helping low income communities develop safe, public skateparks.

Co-chaired by Tony Hawk, Lance Armstrong, Jimmie Johnson, Leeza Gibbons, Jamie Lee Curtis, David Spade, Jon Favreau, Benicio Del Toro, Mat Hoffman, Shaun White, Robert Kotick (Activision), Bob McKnight (Quiksilver), and Ron Burkle, the benefit is a one-day family-centric carnival-style event complete with a vert skateboarding demo by Tony Hawk, Shaun White and other top pros, as well as adult and kid-friendly interactive activities and a live musical performance by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.

A press conference is scheduled for 12 noon with Tony Hawk, Lance Armstrong David Spade, Shaun White and Jamie Lee Curtis.

This year 14 youths from Compton will attend the event to talk about the reasons they need a skatepark in their neighborhood. The Mayor of Compton, Eric Perrodin, will accompany the youths. "Kids and teens need a skatepark to give us something to do instead of being in gangs," said 12-year old Valerie Giron. "The skatepark would stop kids from doing stupid things on the street," added Giron. The Tony Hawk Foundation is currently working with local city officials to assist with the planning and design for the landmark Compton Skatepark, which promises to be a destination park for not only local youth, but for skaters throughout the region.

To date, The Tony Hawk Foundation has granted over $1.7 million to 336 communities across the U.S. "This year our goal is to raise $1 million at this signature event to expand our efforts in reaching the increased demand for safe, public places in low income communities for our youth across the country to practice the sport they love," said Kim Novick, Development Director for THF.

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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 throughout the United States -- with an emphasis on the word "quality." Since then, the Foundation has awarded over $1.7 million to 336 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, access the Foundation's Web site at

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