First annual philanthropic fundraiser to benefit Elemental Awareness.

Element skateboards will present compressionSF, the first-annual philanthropic fundraiser benefiting Elemental Awareness which will be held on March 18 at San Francisco's Suite One8One. The event will mark the organization's launch of skateboarding and nature-skills educational programs for youth in the Bay Area.

Elemental Awareness, a nonprofit organization, was established after initial grassroots community outreach by Element Skateboards proved popular. Created with the mission of reaching out to underprivileged youth through the avenues of skateboarding and nature-skills education in order to help them develop self-esteem, awareness, and the tools they'll need to lead successful lives, the charity was co-founded by nature-skills enthusiasts and skaters Todd Larson and Mike Kershnar, who also lead all of the workshops and programs. The charity was made possible by Element Skateboards Founder and President Johnny Schillereff.

With Elemental Awareness, founders Mike Kershnar and Todd Larson give back to skaters and inspire them to keep striving for what they believe in, while also teaching them how they fit into the larger context of the world,” said Schillereff, who is now chairman of the board of directors for Elemental Awareness.

“Elemental Awareness is founded in the belief that we can make the world a better place through our passion,” said Elemental Awareness Co-founder Mike Kershnar. “Our passion is skateboarding and wilderness-survival skills. Working with youth through these outlets is the most useful and rewarding thing we believe we could be doing with our lives, and we feel incredibly blessed to be doing so.”

With premiere sponsors including Element Skateboards, 7×7 Magazine, Emerald Vodka, and Skaterade Energy Drink, compressionSF is designed to showcase elements of the urban world that Elemental Awareness touches. In addition to a demonstration by Element Skateboard's teamriders, compressionSF will feature a graffiti-art installation, fashion, and breakdancing presentations, a modern art exhibit and auction, and a silent auction of action sports, outdoors, and gourmet items. Tickets are 50 dollars and are available for purchase through the Elemental Awareness Web site at All proceeds will benefit Elemental Awareness' existing programs and scholarships.