The "Bros" will get more boards this year.
The Skatepark of Tampa will give away 300 skateboards, more than ever before, to low-income children Dec. 20 in its annual "Boards for Bros" charity event.
Fliers distributed in neighborhoods near the skatepark on E Columbus Avenue and the popular Bro Bowl at Perry Harvey Sr. Park near downtown Tampa will provide details of the giveaway.
Boards for Bros has provided skateboards to low-income children since 2006. Organizers get plenty of board donations. But the charity falls short on the amount of trucks, wheels and other hardware needed to make a skateboard complete. Ready-to-roll skateboards can cost up to $150.
So, Chad Cardoza, one of the members of the group, came up with the idea for a "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" art show to raise money to buy the needed items. Artists and skateboarders were asked to donate a designed bottle to sell. The show ran in conjunction with the Tampa Am contest, an amateur skateboarding competition from Dec. 4 to 7.
"We figure if we raise up some money and go to manufacturers, we can make more skateboards for the kids," said art show promoter Jorge Angel.
Cardoza, a full-time artist, had seven bottles on the shelves for sale. All of them sold, including three Red Stripe bottles painted in Mr. Potatohead-esque fashion and fitted with arms, noses and other characteristics of well-known skateboarders.
Sales from the art show totaled $2,000. Cardoza said 85 of the 108 bottles at the show sold. The bottles were starting at "calls" for $20, "top shelf" for $30 and "premium" for $40.
Jared Leone can be reached at (813) 269-5314 or firstname.lastname@example.org.