Last night, myself along with my three other Breathe Life Founders, Jean-NicholasSébastien and Arach took to the stage in front of a few hundred people to belt out “Fight For Your Right” by the Beastie Boys. It might seem like a strange thing to do with our Thursday evening, but it was all part of the annual event Marvin on the Rock.

This year was the sixth edition of Marvin on the Rock, an event that brings together investors, corporate leaders, and startup founders to basically embarrass themselves on stage in front of a few hundred people, all for a great cause. Before I dig into that, I’ll give you a bit of background into the organization that runs the event.

The Fondation Marie-Vincent was established to help play a role in preventing the sexual assault of children. They also support children and adolescents who have been the victims of sexual assault and offer help to their families.

They set-up the annual event, Marvin on the Rock, to bring widespread attention to the issue and to raise funds in a really interesting way. Basically, they recruit local leaders to choose a song, rehearse the act and then perform it on stage in front of hundreds. The goal of this is not only to entertain the audience (which it does!) but to put the singers in a position where they experience stress, the fear of the unknown, and potentially ridicule — but they come off the stage completely transformed and full of confidence. This is a nod to the courage that it takes and the experience that children who are victims of sexual assault have when they break their silence.

This is the second year I’ve performed and the first year that the Breathe Life founding team did it together. We raised $7,500 for the Foundation and chose to sing “Fight For Your Right” by the Beastie Boys and the crowd loved it! We even won the award for best performance of the night!

Overall, it was a great success! It’s such an important night to bring awareness for the Fondation Marie-Vincent’s cause and to raise funds. This year they raised over $310,000!!

If you want some laughs or maybe you’re looking for a performer for your next event. Check out the Breathe Life Boys (copyright pending) below.