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Published: 2017/06/15

Neil and Pegi Young Will Not Host Bridge School Benefit Concert in 2017

The annual Bridge School Benefit Concert, which has been held for 30 years in the Bay Area, will not return in 2017. Bridge School founder Pegi Young and concert host Neil Young posted statements on the organization’s website announcing the news and thanking those who have helped make the concerts possible over the years.

“After thirty years of hosting the Bridge School Concerts, I would like to say thanks to everyone involved,” Neil writes. “Of course, I love the students most of all because the light in their eyes tells me we have been doing the right thing for the last thirty years. We have earned millions of dollars and the school is stable financially, able to go forward although we still need an endowment and would welcome one.”

Bridge School was co-founded by Pegi in 1986 as a non-profit school for children with speech and physical impairments, inspired by the special needs of her and Neil’s son Ben. The annual benefit concerts, organized by Pegi and Neil, took place at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, and provided much of the school’s funding throughout the years. Past performers joining Neil in the lineup have included Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam, Thom Yorke, Metallica, Mumford & Sons and many more.

While Pegi writes of working on the “next steps…in reaching our endowment goals,” and neither she nor Neil explicitly say there will be no more Bridge School Benefit Concerts after this year’s hiatus, Neil does note, “Although I will continue in fund raising efforts, for personal reasons beginning this year I will no longer be hosting The Bridge School Concert.

“I wish everyone the best as the school heads into the future,” he continues. “My heart is with each and every child we have had the honor to serve and those we will continue to serve, and your parents, siblings, and extended families. Thanks to you all for the honor of serving such a great mission. Thanks to my incredible son Ben Young for being there at my side throughout these many Bridge School years. I love you buddy. The Bridge School would not have been possible without you.”

Read the full statements here.

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