Rapper G-Eazy has announced a new philanthropic initiative, the Endless Summer Fund, dedicated to helping under-served youth throughout the country with a focus on LGBTQ youth, homelessness, education and mental illness.
The fund will raise donations for select non-profit organizations across the U.S. with the first being Larkin Street Youth Services, the largest homeless youth drop-in center in San Francisco, Calif., G-Eazy's hometown. Larkin Street Youth Services aims to help young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness, ages 12 to 24, through a range of services including outreach, shelter, housing, health, wellness, education and employment.
The inaugural event of the Endless Summer Fund took place last Friday, July 27th at Larkin Street Youth Services where G-Eazy, together with PUMA, hand delivered a $50,000 check to the nonprofit's headquarters. Approximately $17,000 of the donation were raised from G-Eazy's Pride Month t-shirts.
"The Bay Area raised me and made me everything I am, so it means a lot to me to be able to come home and give back. And although it's one of the most beautiful and popular places to live in in the country, there are still around 1,300 homeless kids sleeping outside every night," said G-Eazy, "Larkin St. is one of the oldest and biggest homeless youth centers in the region, so it means everything to be able to help these kids by donating resources."
Along with the donation, PUMA, Ike's Sandwiches and Gerald's Essentials teamed up to create a special weekend for Larkin Street Youth Services. Providing free sandwiches, PUMA gear and haircuts, along with a special trip to see G-Eazy's Endless Summer Tour live in Sacramento, Calif.
"Walking into the space, you could feel the excitement which is both about who G-Eazy is, and the fact that somebody of his stature is taking time to dedicate to young people. From the free haircuts and gear from Puma to proceeds from the Pride Month t-shirts and him making an effort to come learn about our work and meet with young people - it all means the world to us because truly, it signifies caring," said Larkin Street Youth Executive Director Sherilyn Adams, "We can deploy the funds G-Eazy donated where they're most needed - often, that is in things like education, employment, youth leadership, and performing arts. These are the elements that bring young people hope that they can change the trajectory of their lives and journey out of homelessness."
In celebration of the Endless Summer Fund, G-Eazy has teamed up with Propeller to launch a contest where one lucky winner and a friend will receive round trip airfare to Miami, hotel accommodations and VIP passes to meet G-Eazy on the final stop of the Endless Summer Tour. All entries require a donation to the Endless Summer Fund.
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