27 March 1995 - 1 August 2019
On August 1st, 2019 my beautiful, talented brother Noah Benardout was tragically killed by the recklessness of a drunk driver. Noah was waiting on the sidewalk to cross the street when his killer drove through an intersection, at high speed, smashing into another vehicle and sending that vehicle spinning into a traffic light where Noah was waiting. Noah died instantly at the scene. At just 24 years old. A phenomenal musician, on the verge of deserved success that he had tirelessly worked toward with integrity and patience for many years as the artist LOVR®. His brand new EP, Loners was finished the day he died. He will never ever get to enjoy the benefits of his hard work but now it is my mission not only to bring his music to the world but importantly to bring awareness through music to stop DUI for ever. Join me in supporting his foundation through fundraising events to lobby for an end to DUI.
- Lily Benardout
HAPPY NEW YEAR
JOIN THE MOVEMENT & GIVE BACK
December 1st, 2020 - During the next 24 hours, people around the world will come together to celebrate generosity and making an impact for a cause important to them. Today marks #GivingTuesday, a global giving movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.
Here at The Noah Benardout Foundation, our goal for #GivingTuesday is to raise $20,000 in the next 24 hours to help fund programs we are developing. Our ask to you today is to donate $10 and find someone who would be inspired by our initiatives to match your $10 donation. Your participation will help us reach our #GivingTuesday goal. Our mission is to raise awareness and change habits surrounding DUI awareness. Over the last few months, the NBF team has been hard at work putting together initiatives related to 3 pillars of importance: public safety, technology, and education.
Our public safety pillar involves working with government agencies to collect DUI data to share with the public. We are looking to deliver this data in the form of digital billboards throughout the Los Angeles area. The data will be collected and changing constantly to show the number of people who have been affected by driving under the influence.
Preventative care is so important in living a sustainable life. Our education program is being composed in a way that will provide high school students with the opportunity to understand the severity of driving under the influence before they have the chance to establish the bad habit. This education program will engage students with immersive experiences and allow students to develop exit strategies before they develop bad habits.
Technology is something that everyone engages with on a daily basis. Having information at the palm of your hand is essential to daily life. Because of that, our goal is to create an API layer that will be integrated with direction apps such as Waze, Google Maps, and Apple Maps that will inform drivers of upcoming landmarks where a DUI fatality or arrest occurred. The goal of this is to create awareness around the severity and common occurrence of DUI crashes.
Your support will allow us to accomplish our initiatives and help change bad habits in regards to driving under the influence. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, DUI tragedies have increased tremendously. So far, in 2020, there have been more than 10,000 deaths related to DUI crashes, all of which are 100% preventable. We are looking to share safe solutions to limit the number of families that have to live with the results of someone’s irresponsible habits.
Ways to help The Noah Benardout Foundation:
• Make a donation TODAY! To donate, click here.
• Know a company or organization that might be interested
in partnering with one of our initiatives? Let us know!
• Volunteer to become an advocate for
habit change against drunk driving.
LONERS - video & single release
Sept 4th, 2020 - As the second most dangerous Holiday Weekend for DUI tragedies is upon us, we felt it appropriate to release "Loners", the title track of Noah's unreleased EP. With an incredible video produced by Impossible Brief, made possible with the support of Coldplay and their management, all views and proceeds will go toward ending DUI tragedies.
Unthinkably DUI fatalities, injuries and arrests continue to rise in 2020 - even with the pandemic, social unrest, and a call to action for responsible behavior, better decision-making and human decency.
Please be safe, share this video and don't become another statistic this weekend.
Together we must bring an awareness to end DUI tragedies.
United States of Dramerica Podcast
Sept 1st, 2020 - We are pleased to have been invited to feature on this episode of United States of Dramerica, hosted by Dan Rutstein and presented with the support of our partners BACTrack and Makers Mark. Responsible drinking is the topic as Dan and Marc discuss the social stigmas of how to tell your friends not to drink and drive, the epidemic of DUI tragedies in California and the importance of using a simple and effective breathalyzer device to make the right decisions.
July 4th - LATEST DUI STATISTICS
The CHP have released figures for the July 4th Independence Day Holiday Weekend 2020.
These were the results for the maximum enforcement period that spanned just 54 hours.
738 arrests for DUI - 25% higher than 2019 which totaled 589 arrests in 72 hours.
36 fatalities - 177% higher than 2019 with 12 fataliities.
Considering we are in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic, these numbers are staggering. Disappointing. Shocking. Disgraceful.
July 4th - The Deadliest Holiday
July 4th, 2020 - the DEADLIEST holiday on our roads. Two out of three people will be directly or indirectly affected by a DUI tragedy in their lifetime and today your risk is 20% higher! Be responsible. Be accountable. These multi award-winning awareness films were released in France and directed by our dear friend and one of the world’s leading directors Bruno Aveillan. Each film highlights an aspect of road safety; alcohol, speed, distracted driving, victims and Cannabis. Unlike the USA which has the worst traffic safety records in the world, France registered their lowest fatality numbers in 2019. Watch each poignant film and decide if this July 4th is to be your last.
June 24th, 2020 - The release of FARR's latest music video written by Noah's best friend Romeo Testa. An unmistakably painful and yet subliminally healing song which is the title track of their new album, WEIGHTLESS. More than just an opening statement, this is a powerful melodic eulogy. Poignantly lush vocals and heartbreaking lyrics are melded with hypnotic production by FARR’s Linden Jay for unquestionably one of the year’s better releases. The Noah Benardout Foundation thanks Roméo and Linden for dedicating this song in Noah’s memory. Listen on Spotify CLICK HERE. Watch the video below and on YouTube CLICK HERE.
Memorial Day 2020
This Memorial Day starts the second most dangerous week of the year for DUI tragedies. This Memorial Day is day 1 of the 100 Deadliest Days for Teen DUI tragedies. Now we know what it takes to flatten a curve, let’s continue this responsibility to end the DUI epidemic. Filmmakers Kyle & Carlos Plummer have created an incredibly impactful PSA for those reaching the legal age of alcohol consumption. Whatever your age, let this be a cautionary tale this Memorial Day, and EVERY DAY hereafter. Click here to watch on YouTube or simply view below. Huge thanks to artist TaiBanz for composing the music.
HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY NOAH
Today - March 27th, we reflect as a family, on what would have been Noah’s 25th Birthday. Whilst we live every second in the pain of his loss, we are thankful in the enormity of the music he had created. One song he wrote and produced is the demo “I MISS YOU” which we are proud to share with you all today set to a photo album of very personal photos that convey his beautiful smile and spirit. We miss you Noah.
The Foundation’s paramount mission is about responsibility and accountability. After discussing the COVID19 pandemic with City officials and observing the protocols that other public events are adhering to, it is our responsibility to all our artists, guests, sponsors and supporters to postpone the First Annual LOVR Benefit concert to a rescheduled date this coming Fall.
We thank you for your understanding with this very critical situation and want to assure everyone that all ticket purchases and giveaways will be honored when we release the new date.
-Marc Benardout. Director, The Noah Benardout Foundation
Listen to the KOST 103.5fm interview that Foundation Director Marc Benardout had with Morning Show Host Ellen K - March 17th, 2020. Click HERE for a direct link.