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Stoked Sessions This Weekend at The Grind Gallery

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Skate legends Steve Caballero and Christian Hosoi are hosting a silent auction for the Stoked Mentoring program at The Grind Gallery tomorrow night, at 8pm in Mar Vista. Stoked Mentoring has asked over sixty street artists to create custom decks for a silent auction. There will also be DJ performances by Jamie Strong and Dâm Funk of Stones Throw Records and an open bar; tickets are only ten bucks and you can buy them online. The roster of artists who have contributed boards include : Damion Silver, Joe Joe Webb, Kofie’One, Abe Lincoln Jr., EyeOne, Olive 47, Hit + Run, Marco Zamora and Chris Hall, plus a live performance by Sunny Levine.

Stoked Mentoring is headquartered in New York, where they are partnered with 10 high schools. Here in Los Angeles, Stoked focuses its mentoring efforts on the Rampart District, where thousands of kids live with poverty, violence, and drugs. Mentors use all the "hardcore" board sports (skateboarding, surfing, and snowboarding) to reach out to at-risk kids and instill core values like communication, trust, and perseverance. You can learn about how to volunteer as a mentor or how to donate at Stoked's website. There's also an open house on April 23rd if you're interested in learning more about their programs.