SOURCE: Make Yourself Foundation

October 16, 2009 13:37 ET

Incubus Fans Make a Statement by Raising $170,000 for the Band's Make Yourself Foundation This Summer

The Band's Recent $30,000 Donation to Tsunami Relief Organizations Begins Traditional Post Tour Donation Allocations; Fan Auction to Start in the Coming Weeks

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 16, 2009) - Recent recipients of The Surfrider Foundation's "Keeper Of The Coast Award," (alongside Pearl Jam and other notables) Incubus, via their charitable concern, the Make Yourself Foundation (MYF), recently donated $30,000 to organizations that are assisting the rescue efforts for the national disasters in Samoa, Indonesia and the Philippines. The companies, Mercy Corp (Indonesia), UNICEF (Samoa), and GlobalGiving Foundation (Philippines) each received $10,000.

"During the past couple weeks or so, we've been following the devastating loss of life in Samoa, Indonesia and the Philippines. We felt compelled to make donations to organizations that are assisting the rescue efforts for all three of these natural disasters. This money was raised by Incubus fans, and we feel like making a donation to these regions is something you would want. Having recently spent time in the Philippines, it breaks our hearts to see the wreckage and loss of life," says MYF head Jake Versluis.

Via the Make Yourself Foundation, Incubus has raised over one million dollars for organizations doing charitable and philanthropic work. Charities and causes that have benefited include the aforementioned Surfrider Foundation, Rock The Earth, Nebraska State Recycling, Amnesty International, Red Cross, Circle City Animal Allies, Cartridges for Kids, Bently BioDiesel, Sierra Club, Clean Air Conservancy, StopWaste.org, Ocean Conservancy, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and close to 40+ additional organizations.

"None of this of course would have happened without the generosity of the fans," says front man Brandon Boyd, adding, "this summer Incubus fans not only came to our shows, but came early to our meet n' greets prior to the show." And those fans proved once again that they are a compassionate and charitable lot, indicates Versluis, stating, "During this summer's 'Monuments & Melodies Tour,' the Make Yourself Foundation held VIP package programs on all 31 dates with 100% of the monies benefiting the foundation. The fans ultimately raised a phenomenal $170,000 this summer!"

The latest news is perhaps the most exciting according to Incubus. A versatile entity, MYF does not limit funds to just one organization, but toward many environmental charities. In a continued effort to support the many benefactors, the band has announced a Post-Tour online auction that will include several items from the tour (e.g. Mike Einziger's PIPA played during the past tour) and some additional personal effects (e.g. Brandon Boyd's vintage Vespa). More information will become available in the coming weeks.

Here are some links for how you and others can help:

Indonesia: http://www1.networkforgood.org/indonesia-earthquake?source=YAHOO&am

Samoa: http://www1.networkforgood.org/help-victims-quake-typhoon?source=YA

Philippines: http://www1.networkforgood.org/help-victims-quake-typhoon?source=YA

NOTE: If you make a donation through the above sites, please fill out the optional "designate your donation" line (Earthquake in Indonesia, Typhoon in Philippines, and/or Tsunami in Samoa).

The Make Yourself Foundation is a registered 501 © (3) non-profit organization that funds various causes and charities both locally and around the world that are important to Incubus. Visit the Foundation at: www.makeyourselffoundation.org

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Contact Information

  • For More Information, please contact:
    Jim Baltutis
    Global Brand Media
    (818) 802-5176
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    Penny Palmer
    Global Brand Media
    (310) 293-8968
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    Or
    Jake Versluis
    Ren Management
    310-271-7120
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