LAYN Rocks, a concert with Slash & Friends — Ozzy, Billy Idol, Perry Farrell, Travis Barker and comedian George Lopez as host — at Avalon Hollywood Sunday, November 22, to help teens in trouble.
When you picture a homeless kid, is the image that comes to mind a 14-year-old who needs money for baseball cleats, school pictures, or a homecoming dress?
That’s some of the practical, everyday stuff—in addition to meals, a bed, school, counseling, medical care—the Los Angeles Youth Network provides for homeless L.A. teens.
“More than 10,000 kids in L.A. sleep on the street to escape situations like abuse, neglect, or destitute families,” says Matt Kamin, executive director of LAYN. “We open our doors to them and work to empower them be healthy teenagers—going to school, playing sports, preparing for college, and having a safe, stable home life.”
But this year’s combined cuts in all areas of funding—individual, corporate, and government—have put LAYN in a dire situation that recently nearly resulted in a shutdown of operations. Kamin joined the agency in September and had to work fast. Thanks to his aggressive fundraising over the past couple of months, the doors remain open.
Guitar hero and Guns and Roses vet Slash found out about LAYN’s crisis situation and jumped in to help, corralling his rock star pals, including legends Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol and Perry Farrell, for an exclusive one-night-only rock-and-roll benefit and VIP experience, Sunday, November 22, at the Avalon Hollywood.
Sponsored by W Hollywood, SingularCity, NBC and A&E, the show will feature a slew of headline artists: Dave Navarro, Travis Barker, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, Andrew Stockdale, Franky Perez and Chris Chaney, along with opening bands The Fresh and Juke Kartel.
“We truly believe that LAYN Rocks is going to save the agency,” says Kamin.
Comedian George Lopez is hosting and will perform a private standup set for those who purchase VIP tickets. The VIP luxury pack, presented by W Hollywood, also includes a pre-show dinner, a chance to meet Slash before the show, private balcony seating and exclusive lounge access, and an invitation to the open-bar after-party hosted by Slash. VIP ticketholders also get exclusive access to a silent auction of rock and travel experiences, such as a guitar lesson with Steve Vai, tickets to the Grammy Awards, signed instruments, and more.
Every artist is donating his performance, and 100% of ticket sales go to LAYN. “Even our volunteers are buying their own tickets. The value and the need are so great,” says Allison Fuller, LAYN’s director of marketing and events. “We are so grateful to Slash and Friends for organizing LAYN Rocks.”
“This concert is like a light at the end of the tunnel,” says Kamin. “Not only will LAYN Rocks provide us operating money through Christmas, through the New Year, maybe even through Spring Break, it will give us breathing room to work on our long-term strategy, to reach out and form new relationships, to apply for new grants—to diversify our funding in a way that will make sure we survive this economic slowdown. It’s hard to do those things when you are struggling just to keep the lights on.
“Most important, LAYN Rocks will help spread the word to people and businesses in our community, who have a shared stake in the welfare of these kids. We want to operate at full potential and beyond. When the community gets involved and invested, they put faith in us and we can put faith in the kids.”
LAYN’s needs run the gamut, from food and clothes (“You would not believe how much teenagers eat!” Fuller says) to bathroom repairs and office supplies to salaries for critical staff. There is a three-person team for every five kids in the program: a caseworker, a house mom and a tutor. They make sure the kids get their homework done, eat dinner together, do their chores. And they are a full-time counseling staff.
“If the money doesn’t come in,” says Kamin, “there is a very good chance we would close our doors. Our next job would be to try and find homes for our kids, so that they don’t end up back on the street because we couldn’t raise the money to take care of them.”
SingularCity members who purchase LAYN Rocks tickets between now and midnight Friday, November 13, will receive a 15% discount. Just enter the code singularcity. Come by the Singular table at LAYN Rocks and say hello.
You can learn more about the Los Angeles Youth Network and donate directly at LAYN.org.
|LAYN ROCKS presented by SLASH and FriendsSunday, November 22, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.|
1735 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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