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Skateboard giveaway in Tampa gaining momentum

A recent “Boards for Bros” fundraiser generated $2,000 through the sale of bottle art that is helping the charitable program outfit skateboards that will become holiday gifts.

EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times

A recent “Boards for Bros” fundraiser generated $2,000 through the sale of bottle art that is helping the charitable program outfit skateboards that will become holiday gifts.

DOWNTOWN

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 jleone@sptimes.com.

if you go

Boards for Bros

Skatepark of Tampa's "Boards for Bros" skateboard giveaway takes place at noon Dec. 20 at the Bro Bowl at Perry Harvey Sr. Park, 1200 N Orange Ave. For more information, call (813) 621-6793.

Skateboard giveaway in Tampa gaining momentum 12/11/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 2:24pm]
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