SOURCE: SurfAid International

SurfAid International

September 07, 2010 08:00 ET

'NO LEASH REQUIRED!' Benefit for SurfAid International Kicks Off the MSA Classic Surfing Contest

Gala Gourmet Wine and Food Event Honors Steven Lippman's Blue Project

MALIBU, CA--(Marketwire - September 7, 2010) -  Two days before the first breakers in the annual MSA Classic, hundreds of longboard and music fans will crowd into the Malibu Wines tasting room for 'No Leash Required!' -- an evening of fine dining, fine wine and great music to benefit SurfAid International.

Actress/singer Nia Peeples and writer/surfing guru Sam George host the gala, which features tastings of Malibu Wines, gourmet eats, a live auction and raffle, as well as live performances by Brett Dennen, Everest and KCRW DJ Mario Cotto. Proceeds go to SurfAid International, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health, well-being and self-reliance of people living in isolated island regions of Sumatra.

SurfAid International founder, New Zealand-born physician David Jenkins, will attend the event. "I am so gratified that SurfAid's mission continues to resonate for people around the world," Jenkins said, "especially those who value the oceans. That's what the Malibu Surf Association is all about. Southern California is one of the great surfing regions, and I always love coming back. So this will be a great way to celebrate 10 years of SurfAid."

The event will also honor Malibu artist/photographer and surfer Steven Lippman and his Blue Project. Lippman created The Blue Project to showcase innovative organizations like SurfAid in order to sound the alarm over the world's fast-disappearing natural habitats.

Folk-pop singer favorite Brett Dennen co-headlines the evening's entertainment. The California native has released three well-received studio albums over the last four years, leading Rolling Stone Magazine to label him one of "10 Artists to Watch" in 2007. Also appearing, the LA based quintet Everest, which recently toured with Minus the Bear and Neil Young. Everest is a great American rock 'n' roll band in the classic, open-minded mold, something apparent on their sophomore Warner Bros. Records release, On Approach.

The live auction and raffle includes handcrafted and signed surfboards, Indonesian top-end teak flooring, designer jewellery, clothing and artistic donations from noted California artist/musician Jose' Pasillas & Dessa Kirk. Sponsors for the evening include Smashbox Studios, Malibu Magazine, Fiji Water, Mighty Leaf Teas, Groundwork Coffee, DaKine, Paul Mitchell, ZJ Boarding House, Dogeared Jewelry, Malibu Times, Ron Herman, IndoTeak, Patron, The Mayan and many more.

'No Leash Required!'

Date: Thursday 9 September 2010
Time: 7-10 pm
Location: Malibu Wines Tasting Room, 31740 Mulholland Highway, Malibu
Tickets: $60 at door, $50 pre-sale

By fostering community participation, SurfAid's goal is to decrease the rate of death and suffering by empowering people and providing community-based health and development programs to control malaria and improve nutrition and hygiene. SurfAid also works in emergency preparedness and disaster relief. The programs encourage local communities to continue to make their own improvements in health and quality of life and are designed to work with local government and non-governmental organizations to bring about permanent change. SurfAid's results demonstrate the power of cross-cultural partnerships in effecting behavior changes.

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