28 November 2011

Steve-O to host charity event benefiting The Kindness Collective

Saturday, December 3rd, Steve-O, the star of MTV's Jackass and Wildboyz and ABC's Dancing with the Stars will host a fundraiser to benefit The Kindness Collective. Guests of the event will be able to meet Steve-O, take a photo with the star, and have a copy of his book signed.

The December 3rd event will occur from 1 to 2pm in the loft of Busboys and Poets, located at 1025 5th St. NW DC. Free tickets may be obtained at http://guestli.st/78474. An $8 donation is requested.

Donations will benefit The Kindness Collective's work with domestic violence shelters to accommodate survivors' pets. Up to 40% of domestic violence victims report that they are unable to escape their abusers because they are afraid of what will happen to their pets when they leave. The Kindness Collective hopes to bring an end to the abuse by permitting victims of domestic violence to seek safety along with their pets.

"We're thrilled to have an event with Steve-O. As you can read in his incredible memoir, Steve-O is passionately against animal abuse. He also lives a compassionate vegan life that is in line with the mission of The Kindness Collective," says Amber McDonald, founder and president of The Kindness Collective.

The Kindness Collective works at the intersection of human and animal welfare, seeking to improve the lives of all beings through programs encouraging plant-based diets and other acts of compassion. The not-for-profit launched in October with an acoustic concert featuring Grammy Award nominee Moby and a photography exhibit curated by Irvine Contemporary.

Steve-O (a.k.a. Stephen Glover) was born in London and, by the age of twelve, had lived in five countries and communicated fluently in three different languages. He is a graduate of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College. Steve-O is currently on tour performing his comedy routine, which is a mix of stand-up, stunts and bar-tricks. Steve-O has been clean and sober since March of 2008 and lives a healthy, vegan lifestyle in the Los Angeles area.

Photo credit: cc: flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore