Santa Barbara, CA – June 20, 2011. On June 28th, the Santa Barbara premiere of the Nike 6.0 surf film "Leave a Message," featuring local teen surfer Lakey Peterson, will screen at the Lobero Theater, along with a performance by up and coming singer songwriter, Haddon Cord and band members. This event is a fundraiser for the locally started, now national, teenage driven non-profit Hands4Others (H4O) to reach their goal of raising $10,000 for the night.
Lakey is heralded as one of the top female surfers on the international pro-circuit, "Leave a Message" follows her and five other teen pro surfers that make up the Nike 6.0 surf team on their journey to some of the best surf spots in the world. In between scenes of actual surfing, the stars of the film share their experiences and show how they are changing the male dominated world of surfing. The girls serve as an inspiration not only to other women surfers, but also to anyone trying to achieve their goals - particularly today's youth.
The event keeps up the theme of featuring local teens with a performance by singer/songwriter Haddon Cord. With a recently released album, and another one on the way, Haddon is a promising artist who has been likened to a young Taylor Swift. Veteran guitarist Carl Verheyen, of Supertramp, who discovered the singer and produced her first album, commented "Haddon is a rare, young talent with a fresh sound for teens."
After the film, the audience will have a chance to get up close and personal with Lakey, Haddon and the H4O members during a Q&A session. The Q&A reflects the event's underlying two-fold mission; to raise money for a great cause and inspire today's youth to follow their dreams.
Founding H4O member, Jack Davies, commented "This is our biggest live event yet and we feel so lucky to have Lakey and Haddon stepping up for the cause with local businesses sponsoring the evening. Lakey and Haddon are role models on so many levels and truly show what you can achieve when you follow your dreams."
A very enthusiastic Lakey said, "I am in the water every day. It is my life and what I live for. To support a cause that saves lives through the gift of clean water is something I am deeply committed to and I am just so thankful to live in a community that supports this goal." Haddon added, “I’m so excited about performing at the event and supporting the H40 organization – Lakey and the other girls in the movie are so inspiring in how they are pushing the envelope of surfing in a compassionate way.”
As a dedicated part of the H4O team, Lakey will host the evening with local H4O members to raise funds to build clean water treatment systems in impoverished and disaster stricken regions around the globe. Each clean water system costs the H4O team $10,000 - their goal for the evening.
This unique event shows commitment not only to a worthwhile non-profit, but also to the belief that "the next generation" can step up and be the change we need in the world. These teenagers have become spokespeople and ambassadors for their mission and have inspired like-minded teenagers across the country to also step up and be involved.
The Nike 6.0 interactive sponsor truck will be on site with great giveaways before and after the event. There will also be a raffle and an auction that includes merchandise and services from local businesses and the surf community - including a Channel Islands Surfboard personally autographed by Lakey Peterson. Lakey and Haddon will also be there to meet the crowd and sign posters and merchandise.
Tickets are $18 for general admission or $50 for VIP tickets that include a post-event wine reception. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Lobero Box Office located at 33 East Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara or by phone (805) 963-0761 or 1-888-4LOBERO (1-888-456-2376) or online at www.lobero.com.
Hands4Others (H4O) is a national non-profit led by teenagers and headquartered in Santa Barbara, with sub-chapters across the country. H4O partners with Water Missions International for the installation of each Living Water Treatment System. H4O also partners with local and national corporate sponsors to raise funds, further their mission, and spread the word about the necessity of clean water.
For more information, to donate, or get involved please, visit the H4O website at www.hands4others.org or join them on Facebook and Twitter.