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Photo Release -- The Mattera Foundation and Famous Artist John "Crash" Matos Host Non-Profit Event to Raise Money for Children in India

(June 13, 2011)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 13, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Friday, June 17th 2011, The Mattera Foundation and renowned New York City Graffiti artist, John "Crash" Matos, will host an evening of Glitz and Glamour to help raise money and awareness for children in brothels in India. Seeking to raise $200,000, by auctioning original Crash artwork, the money will be allocated to help build educational and housing centers for the children. Mr. John Mattera and his wife will be graciously hosting the event at their personal residence.

John "Crash" Matos (a)
TUMI iPhone Cover + Luggage by Crash

John "Crash" Matos (b)
John "Crash" Matos

John "Crash" Matos (c)
Crash Artwork

John "Crash" Matos (d)
Randy Jackson, Dr. Lan Phan Mattera, John "Crash" Matos

Photos accompanying this release are available at

Items to be auctioned off are: 15 signed mixed media series and 250 posters, numbered on archival paper, and signed. All checks made payable to The Mattera Foundation and 100% of the donations will go to the cause. Donations and purchases of art pieces can also be on the Foundation's website at

Also playing a vital role in the success of the evening's event is the travel accessory company Tumi; Tumi has partnered with Crash to create a limited edition travel collection, Tumi Tag, and will be generously donating iPhone covers, and a wheeled case, one limited edition Crash designed, Tumi Tag luggage piece, donated by Tumi, will be auctioned at the event.

About The Mattera Foundation:

The Mission of The Mattera Foundation is to strengthen the community through bringing good people and good causes together to help ensure both the excellent stewardship of donor funds and the wise investment of grants in the communities that we serve. The Mattera Foundation puts the joy back in giving. For more about The Mattera Foundation, visit  

The Mattera Foundation logo is available at

About John "Crash" Matos:

Born in Bronx, New York, famous graffiti artist John "Crash" Matos began spray painting New York City trains. He was first noticed through his murals on subway cars and buildings, he is now regarded as a pioneer of the Graffiti art movement. His art can be seen at various museums across the world.

About the Cause

Songachi is one of the largest red-light districts in Asia. It is an area with several hundred multi-story brothels. Born Into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids is a 2004 American documentary film about the children of prostitutes in Songachi, Kolkata's red light district.

About TUMI

Tumi is the leading international brand of premium travel, business and lifestyle accessories. Tumi's heritage of design excellence is one that appeals to the world's most sophisticated and demanding consumers who choose only the best international brands to complement their unique lifestyles. The brand is sold in more than 140 stores from New York to Paris to London and Tokyo, as well as the world's top department and specialty stores in more than 65 countries. Tumi's success over the past three decades can be traced to its continual focus on its founding principles of design excellence, functional superiority, technical innovation, best-in-class quality and outstanding customer service. For more about TUMI, visit

CONTACT: Any interested parties can contact Lisa Yigit
directly at

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