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Liquid Nation Ball 6 Tickets on Sale Now

| posted on July 20, 2009

Tickets Now On-Sale for Liquid Nation Ball 6

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Aliso Viejo, Calif. (July 20, 2009) – The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) is proud to announce that tickets are now on sale for Liquid Nation Ball 6, the official fundraiser for the SIMA Humanitarian Fund. The star-studded event will take place on Friday, September 11, 2009 in La Jolla, California, with proceeds benefiting 12 surf-related humanitarian organizations. A highlight of the night will include special guests, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk and Izzy Paskowitz of Surfers Healing, as they present the 2009 SIMA Humanitarian of the Year award to Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

“The excitement and caliber of this year’s Liquid Nation Ball has taken the fundraising event to a whole new level,” said Fernando Aguerre, Liquid Nation Ball chairman and co-founder. “I firmly believe that Liquid Nation Ball 6 will be the best and most successful one yet! As a direct result, tickets are in high demand and they are going to go fast.”

Beginning at 7:30 p.m., Liquid Nation Ball 6 will be held at the ocean-front home of Fernando Aguerre, where one of the best private surfboard collections in the world is on display. The event includes dancing, live music, great food, open bar, and both a silent and short live auction of unique, one-of-a-kind items to benefit the 12 surf-related humanitarian organizations. The SIMA Humanitarian Fund Board of Directors aims to continue the record fundraising legacy and raise $250,000 at Liquid Nation Ball 6.

“The 12 extremely deserving Liquid Nation Ball beneficiaries fight every day to make this world a better place,” said Aguerre. “Supporting Liquid Nation Ball is just one way we can help these organizations and give back to serious issues such as breast cancer awareness, malaria relief, spinal cord injury prevention, and urban youth outreach just to name a few. And on top of fundraising we are also lucky to be honoring Flea, who is someone who has also affected the lives of many.”

Well-known as arguably one of the greatest rock bass players of all time, Flea is also known for making his mark on the world through his humanitarian efforts. Flea has a selfless heart, especially for children in need, as demonstrated by his active support and volunteerism for Surfers Healing, where he helps autistic children experience the joy and calming effects of the ocean and surfing. In addition to surf-related activities, Flea uses his love of music to benefit children. Flea co-founded the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a non-profit music school providing scholarships and affordable music lessons to children in the community, with Keith Barry in 2001. While classmates at Bancroft Junior High School and Fairfax High School, their involvement in their schools’ music departments impacted them positively. After witnessing the decline in music education at schools, Flea and Keith decided to fill the void by establishing the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. For more information on the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, please visit www.silverlakeconservatory.com.

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are $300 per person. Only 400 tickets will be sold. To purchase tickets, please go to www.liquid-nation.com.

Liquid Nation Ball was originally created by Santiago and Fernando Aguerre to support the humanitarian efforts of SurfAid. In 2006 the brothers donated the Ball to the SIMA Humanitarian Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. The Ball now serves as the official fundraising event for the SIMA Humanitarian Fund. All proceeds from Liquid Nation Ball 6 will benefit 12 surf-related social and humanitarian non-profit organizations selected by the SIMA Humanitarian Fund Board of Directors for their efforts focusing on improving the quality of life, health and/or welfare of people. The 2009 Liquid Nation Ball beneficiaries include Keep a Breast, Boarding for Breast Cancer, Surfer’s Healing, Jimmy Miller Foundation, AccesSurf Hawaii, Outdoor Outreach, Stoked Mentoring, Life Rolls On, Mauli Ola Foundation, Project Wipeout, SurfAid International and the Sumba Foundation.

For event information or to make a contribution to the SIMA Humanitarian Fund, please contact Shannon Park, shannon@sima.com or 949.366.1164 x2.

For all press inquiries, please contact SIMA Communications Coordinator, Mandy Johnson, at mandy@sima.com or 949.366.1164 x7.

About SIMA
The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) is the official working trade association of more than 300 surf industry suppliers. Founded in 1989, SIMA is a non-profit organization that serves to promote awareness of the surf industry and participation in the sport of surfing through public relations efforts and a variety of services, educational programs and research. In addition, SIMA actively supports oceanic environmental efforts through its 501(c)(3) charitable environmental foundation, the SIMA Environmental Fund. In the past 20 years, SIMA’s Environmental Fund has raised more than $4.5 million for environmental groups seeking to protect the world’s oceans, beaches and waves. The SIMA Humanitarian Fund, also a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, was established in 2006 to award grants to various surf or boardsport related social and humanitarian non-profit organizations whose efforts are focused on improving the quality of life, health and/or welfare of people. For more information, visit www.sima.com.