The event will also pay tribute to the late executive chef of Facebook, Josef Desimone, a volunteer and supporter of Little Kids Rock who died last summer in a motorcycle accident.
The national charity will be dedicating this year’s benefit to Desimone, who was in the midst of helping Little Kids Rock plan their second annual “Rockin’ The Bay Benefit” at the time of his death.
One of Little Kids Rock’s donors has offered a $150,000 matching grant to urge others to donate. In addition, the charity will also announce Facebook as its “Corporate Honoree.”
Each year, the benefit features a fun night of music and live auctions, as well as a number of musical performances from special guests. Last year’s guests included Sammy Hagar, Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Matt Sorum.
The event raised enough money to put more than 5,000 rock instruments and educational programming into local public schools, providing free music lessons to tens of thousands of children in the Bay Area.
Founded in the Bay Area in 2002, Little Kids Rock has since enriched the lives of nearly 250,000 children from underprivileged communities with free instrumental music lessons. Supporters who wish to donate to this year’s fundraiser can visit www.crowdrise.com/jamminforjoey.
To reserve your seat at this year’s benefit, visit https://www.littlekidsrock.org/rockinthebay2013/reservations/.