The 10th Annual Tony Hawk Stand Up for Skateparks Benefit
Written by Sarah Osman
It may have been smoldering in Los Angeles last Saturday, but that didn’t stop the crowds from coming out to the 10th Annual Tony Hawk’s Stand Up for Skateparks Benefit. 1,000 guests came to watch Tony Hawk, Andy MacDonald, Tom Schaar, Kevin Staab, Mitchie Brusco, and Lizzie Armanto show off their skills on Hawk’s personal ramp at the Green Acres Estate in Beverly Hills, while Modest Mouse rocked the house with a live performance. The event also included interactive games, food, and live and silent auctions including a jam session with Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and a personal Los Angeles Lakers experience.
This family-friendly event began in 2004 to help raise funds to build quality skateparks in low income communities across the U.S. Over the past 10 years, the Tony Hawk Foundation has helped build 537 skateparks across the country. This year’s celebration helped raise $860,000... $20,000 of which will go to help build a skatepark in Detroit.
A slew of celebrity skate enthusiasts came out to support the event, including Fred Durst, Rob Dyrdek, Brian Austin Green, Jon Favreau, Jason Lee, Ben Harper, Olivia Holt, Jason Lee, and Michael Rapaport, among many others. Hawk revealed that the first Stand Up For Skateparks Benefit was actually held in a bowling alley, and has grown substantially since then.