Two Award Celebrations for One Great Cause
Ringo Starr –
A Night of Peace & Love
Ringo Starr received the “DLF Lifetime of Peace and Love Award” amidst 450 of his closest friends and supporters on January 20, 2014 at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles. The evening featured performances by artists such as Jesse Elliot & Lindsay Giles of Ark Life, The Head & the Heart, Brendan Benson, Bettye LaVette, Ben Folds, Ben Harper, Joe Walsh and Ringo Starr himself.
During the evening, Ringo recounted his early experience of learning to meditate from Transcendental Meditation founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi nearly 50 years ago. He congratulated DLF on its efforts to bring this technique to millions of people in need. The ceremony also showcased video testimonials from Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono who voiced their profound love and respect for their life-long friend and fellow musician.
David Lynch also announced the launch of the “Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund” to help bring TM to at-risk students across the country. The fund launched with a $1 million matching offer, provided by a generous donor and fan of Ringo.
Rick Rubin – A Night of Harmony
The Dixie Chicks reunited after a four-year hiatus and headlined the evening’s music alongside Rick Rubin-produced singer-songwriters Damien Rice and Jake Bugg. Lifetime friend and Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons presented the award to Rick, stating, “We all only want calm and Rick is the epitome of what we are seeking.” As part of the ceremony, many of Rick’s friends from the music industry, such as Metallica bandmates, submitted video homages to the producer.
To help reach the evening’s funding goal, the Foundation partnered with Charity Buzz to offer a wide range of rare and memorable experiences, such as a live audition in front of Atlantic Record’s Chairman and CEO, an exclusive meet-and-greet with Duran Duran, VIP tickets to Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and much more.