Proceeds From Los Angeles Appearance to be Donated in Memory of Friend/Activist Dave Russell
Los Angeles, CA (April 3, 2006) — The Surfrider Foundation today announced that the Vitalogy Foundation will be donating $1.00 from every ticket sold for Pearl Jam’s upcoming Los Angeles concert to help with the organization’s Save Trestles campaign. The donation will be made in memory of longtime band friend and Surfrider Foundation activist Dave “the Rapscallion Russell. This is made possible by Pearl Jam’s agreement to contribute a portion of its ticket sales to the Vitalogy Foundation in support of local charities.
Pearl Jam will be performing at the Forum in Los Angeles on July 9th and 10th, with special guests Sonic Youth. Proceeds from the show will go to assist the Surfrider Foundation in their efforts to stop a proposed toll road project that threatens both San Onofre State Beach and the world class surf break at Trestles. The project is being undertaken by a private company, the Transportation Corridor Agency, who was recently named in a lawsuit filed by the California State’s Attorney General’s office. Separate lawsuits were also filed by the Surfrider Foundation and its partners, and the Native American Heritage Commission.
“This project would profoundly compromise Southern California’s last remaining, unimpeded coastal watershed, says Matt McClain, Surfrider Foundation spokesperson. “It not only harms our State Park and surfing resources, but significantly jeopardizes the eleven threatened or endangered species that call San Mateo Creek home. The proceeds donated from this concert will greatly assist in our campaign to protect this unique environment and help Save Trestles.
The donation will be made in the name of Dave Russell. Russell, a long-time Surfrider Foundation activist, lost his fight with a rare form of thyroid cancer on February 1st, 2006 at the age of 39. Dave’s tireless energy and passion for surfing, filmmaking and environmental activism made him an irreplaceable asset to the San Diego surfing community. In addition to his contributions to various surf films on the resurgence of post-modern surfboard designs, Dave was also in the process of documenting the history of the Surfrider Foundation when the cancer was discovered.
“Our planet and the ocean are currently under siege due to certain peoples overwhelming need to profit at our fragile environments expense. Dave Russell was a surfer and activist who worked tirelessly to defend against these threats, and it is in his name that we would like to offer our assistance to Surfrider Foundation and the California coast, said Pearl Jam singer Ed Vedder
For more information on Pearl Jam or their upcoming tour, please go to www.pearljam.com.
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 64 chapters across the United States and Puerto Rico, with international affiliates in Australia, Europe, Japan and Brazil. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation and its Save Trestles campaign, go to www.surfrider.org.