Offspring Performing For Spinal Org's


Fundraiser Benefits They Will Surf Again and Life Rolls On

Venice, Calif. — The Offspring, T.S.O.L., and The Line will perform a charity concert at the Anaheim House of Blues Wednesday, July 31 to benefit They Will Surf Again (TWSA) and the Life Rolls On Foundation (LRO), not-for-profits started by professional surfers dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries (SCI).

Tickets are $25 and go on sale Saturday, July 13 at noon through Ticketmaster and the House of Blues, Anaheim box office. Organizers anticipate a sold-out concert and will award net proceeds totaling an expected $20,000 to SCI Research Advancement and Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. Funds are also earmarked for related research to find cures for such diseases as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Two pro surfers, Seth Elmer and James Pribram, along with Richard Yelland founded TWSA in the summer of 2000. Dedicated to supporting SCI research that promises a cure within five years, TWSA was inspired by Bob Dancey, a friend and father of two who broke his neck surfing in Oceanside in March of 2000 and is now a quadriplegic. LRO is a non-profit group founded by former surf star and quadriplegic, Jesse Billauer, who suffered a spinal cord injury while surfing at Zuma Beach in March 1996. Last year the organizations hosted golf and surf events that raised more than $50,000 and the concert is the third and newest fund-raising activity planned for the week. (The Fourth Annual Life Rolls On Golf Tournament is Monday, July 29 at the Malibu Country Club and the Second Annual Surf Expression Session is on August 4 at noon at the Huntington Pier.)

“We decided to build on the groundswell of support and add a concert to the lineup,” said Yelland. “It all started coming into place when a close friend of The Offspring, who suffers from Parkinson’s, put me in touch with the band’s guitarist Noodles. He really sparked the band’s interest in our cause and we are grateful for their generous offer to perform and help raise funds for research that promises major breakthroughs in the very near future.” Noodles, an avid surfer who first read about the organizations in surf magazines, was eager to participate. “Being a surfer and having a friend who could potentially benefit from their work, this issue hits home with me. I wanted to find a way to help and now that we’re doing the concert, the band and I can contribute by putting energy behind the effort to find a cure.”

In addition to attending the concert, supporters can also participate in the Surf & Turf Charity Golf Tournament July 29 at the Malibu Country Club. TWSA and LRO founders will be joined by top pro surfers, celebrities and supporters for tee offs beginning at 10 a.m. For more information on the golf tournament contact Josh Billauer at (619) 980-7990.

After Wednesday’s concert, the fundraising continues the following Sunday, August 4 with The Second Annual They Will Surf Again/Life Rolls On Expression Session. Scheduled immediately after the men’s short board semi-finals during the Philips Fusion US Open of Surfing at Huntington Pier, the surf competition fundraiser will feature the world’s top competitors including Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Taj Burrow, Tim Curran, Chris, Dan and Keith Malloy, Pribram, and Pat O’Connell (appearances subject to change). Additionally, quadriplegic surf phenom, Jesse Billauer will ride the surf on his custom board in what promises to be an inspirational and emotional performance.

The Life Rolls On Foundation (LRO) is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization established to promote ongoing efforts to develop effective treatments and a cure of paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries (SCI). The Foundation contributes to research aimed at finding a cure for the catastrophic injury and provides funding to non-profit organizations that create opportunities for those afflicted with spinal cord injuries. The Foundation supports efforts to provide hope for those affected by SCIs through a variety of recreational, educational, and developmental activities and programs designed to bring to the forefront of the media the immediate concern of finding a cure for SCI. They Will Surf Again (TWSA) is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the primary goal of raising money for SCI research that promises a cure within five years. Concurrently, TWSA’s mission is to raise awareness surrounding its cause and provide definitive guidance for beach-goers on how they can avoid traumatic spinal injuries. TWSA operates under the belief that providing hope is vital to fulfilling its future dream that those suffering spinal injuries will one day walk, and of course, surf again.