LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Calling All Angels, a benefit to celebrate the life of Conor Lynch and support the Conor Lynch Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to promoting the safety and awareness of pedestrians, runners, cyclists and young drivers, will be held on Saturday, September 29 at the MBar, 1253 Vine St., Hollywood.
Conor Lynch was killed instantly on October 19, 2010 in Sherman Oaks when a distracted and unlicensed teen driver failed to yield to the 16-year-old when he was crossing Woodman Avenue with his high school cross country team. The tragic incident happened during National Teen Safe Driving Week (NTSDW).
“For close to two years, my son’s death has helped spotlight the growing problem of text messaging and driving,” said Jeri Dye Lynch, President of the Conor Lynch Foundation. “The elimination of texting and cell phone usage while driving is a huge part of our mission, and proceeds from our special events like Calling All Angels help to ensure that no family suffers a loss like ours again. We are grateful to our supporters, partners and all contributors for their efforts in helping us spread our important message.”
In a new survey commissioned by AT&T – as part of its “It Can Wait” campaign – 97 percent of teens said they know texting while driving is dangerous, but 43 percent of them admitted to sending a text while driving. In another staggering statistic from the National Safety Council, someone is killed or injured every five minutes in a crash caused by a driver who was texting.
Currently, 39 states have banned the practice, and thanks to AT&T’s efforts, more than 500,000 people pledged not to text and drive.
The Conor Lynch Foundation’s Calling All Angels benefit evening will feature singer Kyle Hollingsworth and special guest stars: singer Amy Miller; singer MaryJo Mundy; actor/singer Caleb Babcock; actor/singer Tom Kiesche; actress/singer Kaitie Ty Warren; and singer Vickie Goodglick. Tickets are still available for Calling All Angels and cost $20 at the door plus a $10 food minimum. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Reservations are required. Please call (323) 856-0036.
In a few weeks, the Conor Lynch Foundation will also host two events during the 6th Annual National Teen Safe Driving Week (October 14-20, 2012).
The first is the 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk In Honor of Conor event on Sunday, October 14 at Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park in Sherman Oaks, CA. This event looks to surpass last year’s outstanding turnout of more than 1,500 participants. Register to walk or run in Honor of Conor at Active.com using keyword “Conor” now.
The Conor Lynch Foundation’s second event during NTSDW 2012 is the Teen Driver Safety Fair on Saturday, October 20 at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks. In partnership with The Automobile Club of Southern California, the free event will showcase this year’s NTSDW theme of “Share, Not Scare,” a campaign that communicates the benefits of safe driving. The fair will feature fun and free activities, while giving teens and parents the opportunity to learn about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving.
For more information about The Conor Lynch Foundation and to register for its future events, please visit www.inhonorofconor.org. To view the Conor Lynch Foundation: Official Tribute PSA, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aghHS1lC4rw&feature=plcp