Infamous Newport Beach surf-party band Swingin’ Tikis will be celebrating their 25-year anniversary by raising money for the Surfing Heritage Foundation and the McKenna Claire Foundation for Pediatric Brain Cancer tomorrow, Sept. 22, at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa.
The band has raised money for many organizations over the years including, the Surfrider Foundation, the Huntington Beach and Santa Barbara Surf Museums, multiple cancer solution and support organizations, as well as many schools and public services.
The band’s 20-year anniversary show raised $10,000 for the Surfing Heritage Foundation, and this year they have their sites set even higher.
The Surfing Heritage Foundation was tapped as beneficiary again this year “due to their alignment with the band’s own philosophies and outlook on surfing’s roots and the desire to preserve not only the history and information, but the energy surrounding it.,” says the band’s website.
The McKenna Claire Foundation for Pediatric Brain Cancer is a co-beneficiary this year. This organization is headed up by some long-time friends and classmates of the band, who recently lost their young daughter to brain cancer. As many of the band members are parents, they are happy to help with their fundraising efforts.
They intend to raise the $30,000 through: pre-event auctions on eBay, silent auctions at the event, opportunity drawings, sales of Swingin’ Tiki merchandise, pre-sale of eight “Golden Tiki Torch” tables nearest the stage and ticket sales at the door. Other cash donations are expected.