Grammy-Award Winning Ozomatli to Perform at Benefit Event for Stop Handgun Violence

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Grammy-Award winning group Ozomatli will perform on Thursday, September 29 at the Roxy at a benefit event for Stop Handgun Violence, a Boston-based non-profit organization that works effectively to prevent firearm violence through public awareness and sensible legislation - without banning guns.

Grammy-Award winning group Ozomatli will perform on Thursday, September 29 at the Roxy at a benefit event for Stop Handgun Violence, a Boston-based non-profit organization that works effectively to prevent firearm violence through public awareness and sensible legislation - without banning guns. In light of current events, Stop Handgun Violence and Modernista! have determined a portion of the proceeds raised will be donated to the American Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay to benefit those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

The benefit concert is being hosted by Modernista!, a Boston-based advertising agency serving national clients including General Motor's Hummer, Anheuser-Busch, Animal Planet, Rockport, Napster and TIAA-CREF. The benefit marks Modernista!'s fifth anniversary. Modernista! works with Stop Handgun Violence on a pro-bono basis.

"As we thought about the many ways in which we could celebrate this anniversary, we were determined to do something a little more significant than hosting a party," said Gary Koepke, executive creative director, co-founder of Modernista! "We believe that we will do well as our clients do well. By hosting this event, we can help raise the funds Stop Handgun Violence needs to achieve their goals. We can only benefit from their success."

The benefit for Stop Handgun Violence has been planned for some time. However, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, both organizations felt the need to share the proceeds with the victims of the storm.

"Over the past ten years, we have made tremendous progress in Massachusetts in reducing the number of handgun injuries and deaths," said John Rosenthal, founder of Stop Handgun Violence. "This work needs to continue, both on a state and a national level. However, as we look around today, the victims of Hurricane Katrina are facing an immediate and dire need for help. It seems fitting that Stop Handgun Violence work with Modernista! to help raise funds that can benefit those who have been affected by the storm."

Ozomatli, a Los Angeles based Grammy Award-winning Afro-Latin-and-beyond band, has never been shy about their commitment to social justice. Ozomatli will bring its trademark blend of hip-hop and Latin styles to the Roxy for the benefit concert on September 29. Tickets for the event are $250. For more information about the event, contact Stop Handgun Violence at (617) 243-8124

About Stop Handgun Violence

Stop Handgun Violence is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization founded in 1995 by a group of businesspeople moved by the increasing number of gun deaths and injuries in America. SHV works effectively to prevent firearm violence through public awareness and sensible legislation - without banning guns. In Massachusetts, SHV is making a real difference. Since 1994, SHV has helped Massachusetts reduce firearm injuries and deaths by over 50%. Massachusetts now leads the nation with the lowest firearm fatality rate in the nation.

About Modernista!

Modernista! is a marketing communications and branding agency creating both advertising and design for a select group of business and consumer clients. Clients include General Motor's Hummer, Anheuser-Busch, Animal Planet, Rockport and TIAA-CREF.

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