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
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.