Annual “Fired Up for Summer” Charity Event was Held on June 10 for the Jessie Rees Foundation

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–One of the most legendary bands of all time with over 100 million albums sold worldwide, The Beach Boys with John Stamos on guitar and drums, headlined the annual Fired Up for Summer event, which helped raise funds for the Jessie Rees Foundation (JRF) and kids with cancer. More than 600 guests attended the intimate concert and culinary experience held at a private residence in Coto de Caza.

Additional talent at the event included musician/songwriter/producer Linda Perry (former lead singer of 4 Non Blondes) and indie rockers Colony House.

Southern California-based JRF is a nonprofit that encourages kids to NEGU (Never, Ever Give Up) during their fight against cancer. The money raised at the event will help the organization continue its efforts to distribute JoyJars® worldwide, bringing love, joy and hope to children in pediatric cancer wards.

About the Jessie Rees Foundation: The Jessie Rees Foundation was inspired by a courageous and compassionate eleven-year-old girl named Jessica Joy Rees, who was best known as “Jessie.” Friends and family describe Jessie as a faith-filled, athletic, caring, and loving girl who courageously fought two brain tumors (DIPG) from March 3, 2011, to January 5, 2012. During Jessie’s courageous fight, she realized thousands of other kids fighting cancer couldn’t leave the hospital. This burden inspired Jessie to create her fun filled JoyJars®, 64 oz. plastic jars stuffed to the very top with new, age-appropriate toys, games and activities for kids fighting cancer. Jessie also visited kids battling cancer and encouraged them with her message and motto to NEGU (Never Ever Give Up). Before losing her own fight to cancer, she worked with family and friends to fill more than 3,000 JoyJars® and encouraged thousands more to NEGU.

Today, her legacy lives on through the Jessie Rees Foundation. Due to the generosity of thousands of people, companies, and volunteers, over 430,000 JoyJars® have been sent to kids fighting cancer in all 50 states and over 52 countries. While the Jessie Rees Foundation does not focus on curing cancer, the organization does help cure bad days, providing love, hope and joy. For more information, visit


Jennifer Baker Asiddao