Sammy and Kari Hagar presented Kiddo with a check from the Hagar Family Foundation for $22,672 to the Kiddo Endowment for the Arts. Courtesy image.


On Sept. 19, the Sweetwater Music Hall’s weekly Open Mic Night with local legend Austin DeLone took the night off so that some of the biggest names in music could raise money for arts education in the Mill Valley School District.

Billed as “Sammy Hagar & Friends,” the star-studded evening of acoustic music was spearheaded by the Red Rocker himself, who was joined by Grateful Dead legend and Sweetwater co-owner Bob Weir, as well as legendary folk musician Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and longtime Hagar collaborator Vic Johnson.

The two-and-a-half-hour event raised $22,672 for the Kiddo! Endowment for the Arts. Kiddo! created the fund in 1986, four years after the organization’s debut, to provide “a perpetual source of secure funding for Kiddo! programs. The fund has grown since then to its current value of approximately $5 million. Since the fund’s creation, proceeds have been used to fund ongoing programs and seed promising new initiatives. Income from the Endowment currently funds approximately 7 percent of Kiddo!’s annual program expenses,” according to Kiddo’s website. 

Hagar hosted the show with his wife Kari, the Hagar Family Foundation, and Hagar’s El Paseo Restaurant. “Our children were educated in the Mill Valley School District,” he says. “Kari and I are so grateful for the broad arts education they received thanks to funds raised by Kiddo!. We are thrilled to be able to support the Kiddo! Endowment, and help ensure that all of the children of Mill Valley have the same benefits for years to come.”  

“What an incredible night!,” says Bill Lampl, Kiddo! Executive Director. “Not only was this an exciting event for the community, but I’m thrilled that the Hagars, El Paseo, and all of the folks who came out for the show tonight, are helping us make (Kiddo founder) Trisha’s (Garlock) vision a reality.”

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