October 31st, 2014

Skate of the Art fundraiser set for SAAG

By Student on May 8, 2014.


Shelby Craig


Now that the Lethbridge Skate Association (LSA) has finished with its new skatepark, which has been more and more popular with the spring-time weather, it’s on to bigger and better things.

The LSA is hosting the fourth annual Skate of the Art fundraiser on Friday at The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, with proceeds going to future competitions and skateboard-focused events, as well as focusing attention on celebrating the LSA’s accomplishments thus far.

The fundraiser will include a silent auction, showcasing local artists who have shown their unique talents on a blank skateboard deck, and there will be a live band, refreshments and food. As well, the funds raised will be going into a scholarship for a student who is involved in skateboarding, who is also continuing his education in post-secondary, which is designed to encourage kids to continue their education. The scholarship will be formally announced on Friday, but LSA president Sam Richards hints the scholarship will be a form of memorial.

Richards added they are looking for funds to host skate competitions for more than just local talent.

“We’d like to have some pretty good prizes and things to give out to the competitors, so right now we are starting small and hoping to grow as time goes on,” he said. “In addition, we’re hoping to make them (competitions) appealing but we want to make it fun for everyone whether you’re extremely talented or just beginning that you can be a part of it, so we’re just encouraging that ‘community feel’ that no matter how good or bad you are you can be apart of it.”

He also mentioned funding for LSA projects has not been extravagant as far as costs, but they would like to save enough to make sure the resources are being used to advertise and bring skaters and audiences from out of town and encourage a more regional-type level of competition.

The LSA fundraiser will begin at 7 p.m. with tickets priced at $35 which will be available at the door.



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