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Flea to be honored as SIMA's Humanitarian of the Year


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Flea to be honored as SIMA's Humanitarian of the Year

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 April, 2009 : - - Aliso Viejo, Ca -- The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) Humanitarian Fund is proud to announce Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as the 2009 Humanitarian of the Year.  Flea will be honored at Liquid Nation Ball 6, the official fundraiser for the SIMA Humanitarian Fund, on Friday, September 11, 2009.

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 Surfer’s 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

“The SIMA Humanitarian Fund is honored to recognize Flea as the 2009 SIMA Humanitarian of the Year,” said Fernando Aguerre, Liquid Nation Ball Chairman and co-founder. “Flea is someone that has not only become a part of the surf family, but he is also making a difference in the lives of others through organizations such as Surfer’s Healing.  We are inspired by his eagerness to help those in need.  He is the real deal.”

Liquid Nation Ball 6 will be held in La Jolla, Calif., beginning at 7:30 p.m. 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.  For more information visit Tickets will be on sale in late July.

“Liquid Nation Ball has continued to increase the level of support for the extremely deserving SIMA Humanitarian Fund beneficiaries as well as raise the bar for the party every year,” said Aguerre. “I firmly believe that this year’s Liquid Nation Ball will be the best yet!  Honoring Flea as SIMA Humanitarian of the Year adds a special excitement and energy to the night. I can’t wait to see the impact we will have when we all come together to support the 12 amazing beneficiaries.”

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, or 949.366.1164 x2..

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 $4.4 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.

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