Jimmy Olson from Scumbag skateboards has been hosting a Toys for Tots event for the past couple of years. Last year he had asked if Troika was interested in participating. I was stoked. Last year was great BUT this year was bigger we added Leena’s Food Truck and the ARTish Show upstairs. Jimmy and Chelsea Schilling worked super hard to get the upstairs ready and it looked SOOOO GOOD! Scumbag Skatepark is located in Natrona Hts. a good 30+ min north of the city. Getting people out there is always tough but we had over 30 skaters flying around and 17 artists submitted some great work. There were quite a few pieces sold as well.
Everytime I do these events I realize how much fun bringing a ton of different people together is. There were people of all ages participating, spectating, and just hanging out. At one point there was a noise complaint from a neighbor in the middle of the afternoon. A police officer came to check it out and was so stoked on what we were doing he on behalf of Harrison Twp Police & Fire Department donated $50 and said he would talk with the neighbor. There were tons of toys donated and about $550 in cash raised. We took the cash and went on a toy shopping spree.
Below are a few videos documenting the day and our shopping spree from the funds donated. I would like to thank everyone who helped, came out, and participated.
Bob Freyer (DurtyArt)
Skateboard Contest Results
1st - Elias Myers
2nd - Gabe Vigliotti (MinnowSkate)
3rd - Cody Deyell
Best Trick - Shane Aiken