9:00am PT by Chris Gardner
Why Frank Zappa's Kids Opted For a Fundraiser Over a Holiday Party
Some people donate blankets, others canned food, but the late Frank Zappa's son Ahmet, 44, and his wife, Shana, 41, are helping with California fire relief in a more Left Coast way: They turned their Dec. 1 holiday party into a fundraiser to provide free Transcendental Meditation in partnership with the David Lynch Foundation to firefighters and other first responders who battled the blazes that in November leveled some 1,600 structures in L.A., Malibu and Ventura.
Teaming up with the David Lynch Foundation proved to be a perfect fit. The organization, founded in 2005, is focused on healing individuals who suffer from trauma and toxic stress through TM techniques. "We are grateful to the Zappas and the host committee for so generously providing this opportunity to raise much-needed funds and to educate our community about the work of the David Lynch Foundation in Los Angeles," a rep for the organization tells THR. As part of the event, funds will also be allocated to bring the TM Quiet Time program to L.A.'s most vulnerable students.
Though they wouldn't provide a final fundraising number, Shana Zappa tells THR: "Helping these children deal with unimaginable stress in their daily lives, as well as bringing TM to first responders, vets, women and children who have been abused, not only dissipates the effects of their trauma so they can live happier, healthier lives, but I truly believe is prevention for many of the problems we face in the world today. Peaceful people create a loving planet. So although it’s a lofty goal to imagine a world where everyone can meditate, I believe in big ideas! And starting with the children creates a brighter future for all."
A version of this story first appeared in the Dec. 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.