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A proponent of pro-social causes and a philanthropist in his own right, Steve Aoki has announced a major donation of over $65,000 to multiple health and research organizations. The Grammy-nominated electronic music producer recently raised the funds during his Aokify America North American tour, powered by Scion and presented by his independent imprint Dim Mak, last year via his Steve Aoki Charitable Fund. Aoki donated a dollar of every ticket sale throughout the tour to four charities: Brain Preservation Foundation, evaluating “plastination” and “cryonics,” two ways doctors might inexpensively preserve the brain of a dying person; University of Rochester Medical Center – Memory Care Program, providing diagnosis, treatment, and care of neurodegenerative conditions that affect the elderly and the aging nervous system; American Brain Foundation, committed to curing brain disease; and Infusio, pushing the fusion of cutting-edge science and the newest developments in complementary medicine. Aoki fans were encouraged to vote for their organization via Steve’s Facebook page with the Brain Preservation taking the grand prize along with additional donations made to the other groups.
“My philanthropy work is just as important to me as my music,” says Aoki. “I’ve been involved with many charities and non-profit organizations throughout my career, and I always take the time to give back and volunteer when I can. These four organizations represent the best in what they do, and I’m stoked to be working with them.”
In addition, Steve Aoki raised over $10,000 last year in fan contributions via his Steve Aoki’s Birthday for Relief campaign to help victims of the recent Typhoon Haiyan in partnership with Music for Relief—a non-profit charity organization founded by Linkin Park and dedicated to providing aid to survivors of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. That was in addition to a personal donation of $36,000 he made to the relief efforts for a grand total of over $46,000.
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27 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.
JenFebruary 28, 2014 at 8:34 pm – Reply
Wow. I have a whole newfound respect for him. Doing that was amazing!
Fabulous PerksMarch 1, 2014 at 10:47 am – Reply
I had no idea who Steve Aoki was prior to this post, I respect what he did and is still doing!
Robin (Masshole Mommy)March 1, 2014 at 11:07 am – Reply
Never heard of this guy, but good for him for being so passionate about donating to charily.
AprilMarch 1, 2014 at 11:09 am – Reply
I haven’t heard of him before but love that he’s doing. So refreshing to hear that people are trying to do good in the world….we definitely need more people like this!
amanda ripsamMarch 1, 2014 at 11:30 am – Reply
I have seen this guy around but never remember his name. Steve Aoki is a great person for donating all that money. I sure wish I had half of the money he just freely gave away. Oh to be a celebrity some day.
Tough Cookie MommyMarch 1, 2014 at 11:32 am – Reply
This is great that he is using his celebrity and influence to give to others who are less fortunate.
VeronicaMarch 1, 2014 at 11:34 am – Reply
It’s so refreshing to see those who can help others, do so. I believe if you are blessed with money and riches in this lifetime, you are meant to help others. Good for him
EmilyMarch 1, 2014 at 11:43 am – Reply
So wonderful to hear about celebrities doing good!
Jennifer WilliamsMarch 1, 2014 at 12:08 pm – Reply
I love that he raised so much for the typhoon victims, that is great whey actors and actresses use what they do to help others, especially when it is from something that was a natural disaster.
EliseMarch 1, 2014 at 9:03 pm – Reply
That’s really awesome! I love seeing people use their money for good causes.
PamelaMarch 2, 2014 at 5:58 am – Reply
I just figured out that he’s related to Devon Aoki the other day! Great cause!
Mel ColeMarch 2, 2014 at 6:19 am – Reply
Amazing guy! God bless him for being generous and sincere.
Mel ColeMarch 2, 2014 at 7:18 am – Reply
Hope he will not change and blessings to his charities as well.
JanelleMarch 2, 2014 at 7:24 am – Reply
Steve has quite the following, for being basically a DJ, he pulls in quite the crowd.
AllieMarch 2, 2014 at 7:24 am – Reply
What an impressive act of good will. It’s good to see Steve cares.
RoseyMarch 2, 2014 at 8:52 am – Reply
Giving is something that makes you feel empowered, and wonderful about being a steward of your money. I think it’s wonderful when those who have a lot of it (money) are so passionate about offering it where it can make a big difference to others. Very nice!
melMarch 2, 2014 at 9:01 am – Reply
I have not really heard of him before but I absolutely love what he is doing! Very impressive!
Aisha Kristine ChongMarch 2, 2014 at 9:48 am – Reply
I think it was great of him to be able to have the heart to make a donation for charity.
MelanieMarch 2, 2014 at 2:29 pm – Reply
never heard of this guy before, but I always like hearing about the charity and time that goes through it. Love what he is doing!
NikkiMarch 2, 2014 at 3:33 pm – Reply
I haven’t heard of him, but he’s obviously doing great things with his fame! What a wonderful contribution!
Eliz FrankMarch 2, 2014 at 4:05 pm – Reply
i love reading about celebrities who put their earnings to good use. Helping others and their communities is the best way to serve.
Marielle AltenorMarch 2, 2014 at 5:03 pm – Reply
I really love seeing celebrities giving back! Shows they are not just about making money and being famous!
MKMarch 2, 2014 at 5:30 pm – Reply
Steve Aoki is an awesome DJ – great to see him doing some charitable work!
AnnemarieMarch 2, 2014 at 9:21 pm – Reply
WOW I don’t know who Steve Aoki is but this is a great thing for him to do.
Le-an LacabaMarch 2, 2014 at 11:40 pm – Reply
I haven’t heard of him before, but it’s great that he finds importance in helping out!
busybeeMarch 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm – Reply
I don’t know much about him at all other than he is a DJ. At least he is using his fame for something