Today, because of the dedicated work of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, we now know how to stop the transmission of HIV from a mother to her baby.
It was an honor to support co-founder Jake Glaser's mothers foundation through art, music, and alternative sports. Our arts and crafts section of the event, “Create Your Skate,” brought friends and families together, creating amazing pieces of art. Everyone at the event received a one off skateboard designed by local street Artist Max Neutra, and with paint pens in hand, designed some of the sickest boards we have ever seen. We even had Richard Simmons, the entire OC Ramps Team, and Gwen Stefani and her kids Create A Skate!!!!
This event was especially monumental for Modern Advocate as it was our first event ever! Starting with a meeting between Jake Glaser and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation a goal was set for Modern Advocate to host the arts and crafts area at their annual fundraiser A Time For Heroes Family Carnival.
With the Modern Advocate team around their conference table, which at that point was the local coffee shop, Create Your Skate was born. An activity that would engage people in creative and fun ways, carry a loud message of HIV/AIDS education, and that would bring communities together for charity. Reaching out to the street art community, we sat down with an incredible individual, Max Neutra. After sharing our idea, and a long bro-mance over a sub sandwich it was obvious that Max was in and dedicated.
We had 4 steps. First, get 500 skateboards, thanks to California Skate Supply…done. Second, manufacture 6 laser cut stencils of Max’s signature piece of art, the ghetto blaster, or “boom box.” It was the obvious, how better than to amplify our message than with a boom box. Third, gather friends and family at Box 24 Studio, in Venice Beach, California for a stencil party like none other; it actually might have been the first. We had an incredible turn out, along with Kyle Ellis, bringing in his mobile screen printing rig and lacing up shirts for all of our awesome volunteers.
7 hours, 12 pizzas, and 10 gallons of acrylic paint later, 500 skateboards had been stenciled, laid out to dry, and then packed up for the Sunday ahead.
Sunday, June 2nd, 2013, the sun rose, as we set up at Century City Park in Los Angeles, California. Our day had arrived.
Along-side the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Disney, an amazing spread of the top restaurants in LA, OC Ramps, and ONE Foundation, and a long list of supporters from film, TV, music and sports, the day kicked off. As more and more people came in, boards started flying out of our tent, before we knew it, tables were filled and people of all ages were laying down color after color. From foundation ambassadors from The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, to celebrities and their families, everyone was side by side, creating art, learning about the amazing work EGPAF does around the world, and most importantly, discovering ways to get involved.
We would like to send a big thank you to The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, ONE, Disney , Gwen Stefani, OC Ramps, Max Neutra, Annie Preece and all of the volunteers for joining our crew on that amazing Sunday. We had a great time creating boards, basking in the sun and saving lives along side all of you.
Be sure to check out the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation at pedaids.org to learn more about their incredible life saving work and stay tuned for more Modern Advocate events to come, featuring “Create Your Skate.”