We did it!
After months and months of working with a lawyer, getting our board together, and planning some awesome events, we finally got our 501(c)(3) status in February 2019.
If you've ever tried, or had a friend that's tried to start a nonprofit, the IRS makes it super fun to jump through all their loopholes! But, a worthy mission is always worth the challenge.
As sort of a celebration, we had planned to host our first on-snow event in Spring of 2019, but unfortunately couldn't get the resorts to work with us in time to make it happen.
Therefore, National Go Skateboarding Day was our first official event as a newly formed official non profit, and honestly we wouldn't have it any other way! It turned out amazing!
In true Jackson Hole style, on June 21st, when most of the country is cranking the Air Conditioning and sun tanning, we got snow!
Yep, Go Skate Day 2019 got snowed on. It was hilarious in the most ironic way. And, like any smart Jackson-hole-ians we planned ahead and brought a whole bunch of tarps to cover up our table of Raffle Prizes and all the food.
Lucky for us it only snowed briefly and the park dried off super quick once it stopped. Plus it was a perfect opportunity for the younger kids to paint their own trucker hats! Thank you to Mariah Nystrom for donating your time and the hats to the kids! They loved it!
Minus the snow, it truly was a perfect event. We had some awesome kids show up early for our "learn to skate" time, and we provided skateboards and pads to those who didn't have any. Huge shoutout to Cody Hansen who gave us a big duffle bag of pads and skateboards. Support like his is what community is all about.
Two of the boys that had showed up for the Learn To Skate time were actually sharing 1 skateboard. We saw this as the perfect opportunity to give away one of our Complete Skateboards.
The look on this guys face says it all, it was amazing! That one look alone summarizes the entire mission of our company.
The rest of day was filled with good beats from DJ Era, plenty of hot dogs and burgers, and of course all-day-long skate session.
To wrap it all up, there was a massive raffle and silent auction.
See image gallery below. Special shout out to Ryan Dee from JH Snowboarder Mag for snapping the higher quality photos.
In no particular order:
Andrew Shorts- Fox Painting and screen prints
Mariah Nystrom custom hats
Yippy IO Candy
Bland Hoke- Grand Pan
Oscar Ortega Chocolate
Hand Fire Pizza
Daniella Botur-Sound Bowl Healing
Dan Hady Massage
Fine Dining Group
Cultivate Cafe & The Playhouse
J.D. Haas Bike tunes
JH White Water
Moos Ice Cream
Guides Of JH-Trevor Bloom
The Whiskey Barbers
Michael Massie- AION
Kelly Halpin Art
Medicine Wheel Wellness
Dr. Derrik Sulzer DC, MS
To anyone we missed, please let us know and we'll add you!