October 08, 2007 14:05 ET

Tony Hawk's Proving Ground Stand Up for Skateparks Raises Over $1 Million at 4th Annual Star-Studded Benefit October 7, 2007 Beverly Hills, Green Acres Estate

Athletes in Attendance: Tony Hawk, Lance Armstrong, Shaun White, Mat Hoffman, Bob Burnquist, Stevie Williams, Andy Macdonald, Kevin Robinson, Chuck Liddell, Rashad Evans; Celebrities in Attendance: Sean "Diddy" Combs, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jon Favreau, Leeza Gibbons, David Spade, Michael Rapaport, Holly Robinson Peete, Kathy Ireland, Stefan Lessard, Trent Reznor, Chris Boykin aka "Big Black"

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 8, 2007) - The Tony Hawk Foundation held its 4th Annual Tony Hawk's Proving Ground Stand Up For Skateparks benefit Sunday, October 7, 2007 at the Green Acres estate in Beverly Hills. With 1,000 guests in attendance, the foundation raised over $1 million.

A noon press conference with Tony Hawk, Lance Armstrong, Shaun White, Jamie Lee Curtis, Leeza Gibbons, Jon Favreau, Kevin Robinson, Mat Hoffman and Bob Burnquist outlined the Foundation's mission to help finance and provide guidance in the development of free public skateparks in low-income areas across the United States.

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," said benefit co-chair Lance Armstrong. "And what Tony's Foundation is doing is helping to build places for these under-served kids to exercise, be healthy and have fun," added Armstrong. The Foundation has awarded $1.7-million in grants since its inception in 2002.

Fourteen youths from the city of Compton joined Tony Hawk on stage for a pledge drive to support a skatepark in their community. The pledge drive raised $57,000 for the proposed landmark Compton skatepark, which promises to be a destination park for not only local youth, but for skaters throughout the region.

The benefit featured a vertical skateboarding and BMX demonstration by Tony Hawk, Shaun White, and Mat Hoffman along with other top pros, carnival games and activities, and live music by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.

A live auction featured a 2008 "Hawkized" Black DUB Edition Jeep 4-Door Wrangler, along with autographed skateboards, and the opportunity to be a character in next year's Tony Hawk's skateboarding game by Activision. This is the fourth year that Activision has supported the event as its title sponsor.


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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