For 35 years, the Surfrider Foundation has been dedicated to the “protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches,” according to its mission.
Mattia Magnatta, a 10-year-old student at Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, and the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach, are hosting a birthday bash benefit concert Saturday, Aug. 17, from 4 to 8 p.m., to raise funds for the nonprofit.
Magnatta said the idea for the concert came from a school project on how they could save the environment. A singer and musician, Magnatta formed the LB All-Stars and he will be joined by bands Bathal Reggae Jazz Band and Paisley Shades for the event.
Helping the environment was inspired by surfing in Huntington Beach, Magnatta said.
“I got far out there and I saw tons of trash near the pier and that is what inspired me to take the trash out of the oceans and beaches,” said Magnatta, who lives in Long Beach.
Taking part in the event is Glenn Hening, one of the founders of Surfrider, and Jericho Poppler, the ambassador for California Surf Day.
Lighthouse general manager Steven Grehl said he was inspired by Magnatta's passion for music and Surfrider and “jumped on the bandwagon.”
“He's a ball of energy and he acts like a 40-year-old man,” said Grehl of the “charismatic” Magnatta.
Magnatta said he is not done with his efforts after the Aug. 17 event, or after his class presentation. He has created a foundation called Music for Happiness with the goal of performing concerts for the blind and the homeless, and other people in need.
Magnatta said a portion of the proceeds from food and beverages at the Aug. 17 party will be donated to Surfrider. Admission is free.
The Lighthouse is located at 30 Pier Ave.