Celebrity Skateboards Raise Over $126,000 To Build New Skateparks

Tony Hawk and top skaters team up with award-winning recording artists to benefit at-risk youth.

Jamie Thomas' and Bob Dylan's collaboration, which features lyrics to Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind," set a new record for the most expensive skateboard ever--$38,425. Photo: Jody Morris

Jamie Thomas’ and Bob Dylan’s collaboration, which features lyrics to Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind,” set a new record for the most expensive skateboard ever–$38,425. Photo: Jody Morris

12/14/12 (Los Angeles, CA) – Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and renowned singer-songwriter and musician Ben Harper just concluded their Boards + Bands auction on eBay Giving Works, with participation and final numbers far surpassing original expectations.

A member of the nonprofit Tony Hawk Foundation Board Of Directors, Harper conceived the idea to use pro skaters’ old decks to write song lyrics on to create unique skate/music memorabilia and raise funds to build positive recreational outlets for at-risk youth. Concluding last night, the auction included eight boards whose sales raised over $126,000 for the foundation.

“As a musician, skater, and Board Member of the Tony Hawk Foundation, I am proud to say that the pairing of professional musicians’ lyrics on pro skaters’ hard-ridden boards has been a resounding success,” said Ben Harper, who contributed lyrics to two of the eight decks auctioned. “A huge thank you to all the pro skaters and musicians involved in the first of many Boards + Bands collaborations!”

Tony Hawk + Ben Harper at The GRAMMY Museum during the Boards + Bands auction. Photo: Jody Morris

Tony Hawk + Ben Harper at The GRAMMY Museum during the Boards + Bands auction. Photo: Jody Morris

The chosen recording artists hand wrote their lyrics on the one-of-a-kind skateboards, which included collaborations by Jamie Thomas and Bob Dylan, Mike Vallely and Tom Petty, Bucky Lasek and Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, Rodney Mullen and Ben Harper, Steve Caballero and James Hetfield of Metallica, Lance Mountain and Jimmy Cliff, Bob Burnquist and Ben Harper, and Tony Hawk and Paul McCartney.

The Boards + Bands auction has inadvertently also produced the world’s most expensive skateboard, the $38,425 Jamie Thomas and Bob Dylan collaboration featuring Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind” lyrics. Other top earners include Bucky Lasek’s and Adam Yauch’s set of four decks featuring the Beastie Boys’ “Bodhisattva Vow” lyrics, which sold for $35,000, and Hawk’s personal board with lyrics to The Beatles’ “Blackbird” by Paul McCartney, fetching $27,116.

“I was excited about the Boards + Bands project, but I had no idea if we could get the level of artists that were being requested,” said Tony Hawk. “They all came through, and the auction exceeded our high expectations. Thanks to everyone involved!”

Funds raised through this effort will benefit the Tony Hawk Foundation, which supports at-risk youth through the creation of public skateparks in low-income communities across the U.S. Proceeds from the Bucky Lasek/Adam Yauch collaboration boards will specifically benefit a skatepark project in New York City. These skateparks are safe, sanctioned places for youth to come together, form communities, and practice the sport they love in a healthy environment. Since 2002, the Foundation has helped to fund 512 public skateparks in 50 states.

All of the skateboards included in the Boards + Bands program are on display at The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles through Sunday, December 16, 2012.

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 in low-income areas throughout the United States—with an emphasis on the word “quality.” Since then, the Foundation has awarded over $4-million to 512 communities in all 50 States. 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, 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, visit the Foundation’s Web site at www.skatepark.org. You can also visit THF on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tonyhawkfoundation, on Twitter @THawkFoundation, and on Instagram @tonyhawkfoundation.

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