Mission Statement Making a difference in our community through Christian outreach in a fun and safe environment.

Purpose Statement Our primary purpose is to expand the knowledge of Christ among youth by setting a positive example and providing a safe place for recreation.

Vision Statement To be Washington's premier skatepark and recreational facility by providing each guest with a variety of activities in a friendly, affordable, Christian environment.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

B2SB - Back 2 School Bash

Sorry it has taken me so long to write about the Back 2 School Bash. I have been drug through a fire while walking in a valley. I wish that life was just mountaintop, mountaintop, mountaintop, but the reality is that life has its ups and downs. Thankfully, B2SB was one of those ups – a mountaintop!

Thanks to all our volunteers, chefs, donors, and attendees for making our first B2SB a fun filled event. Also, a huge thank you to CrossPointe Church in Bothell for supporting us this summer and hosting this end of summer event. Special thanks to God for the incredible weather. Some of the youth even said, “I think we might have prayed too hard for good weather,” as the temperatures were in the 80s.

The youth skated for about an hour and a half before lunch was served. We had more food than we needed thanks to generous donations by friends and family.

After lunch, the raffle and silent auction ended. Great prizes were handed out to the winners. Thanks to our raffle and auction item donors: Bev Spore, Karen Bennett, Bob & Micki Shulkind, Sparta’s Pizza in Bothell, Play it Again Sports in Woodinville, Taco Time Corporate Office, Starbucks, Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, C28.com, and Jubilee Skate Shop. Please show your support by supporting these local establishments.

After lunch, Bad Timing took the stage. Christian and Dru did a great job despite being short a couple of band members. We’re looking forward to having them play for us again.

Next on the docket was A Day For Dying. Recommended to me by my skate ministry friend, JD, A Day For Dying willingly traveled from Spokane Saturday morning to play for our outreach. These guys are fantastic. Not only did they come free of charge, but they left Spokane at 6am in order to make sure they got here on time, hung out for hours waiting to play, and kept an awesome attitude the entire time. I highly recommend booking this band if you get a chance to do so. Their message is clear – Christ is the answer!

All in all, the day was a success. We had about 60 people in total between skaters, parents, volunteers and band members. We raised $534 dollars through the raffle, silent auction, miscellaneous donations and entry fees. Since almost everything was donated, our total “take home” was $435.

Pictures are being posted on Shutterfly at www.madskates.shutterfly.com. Some photos taken by Julie King have already been posted there. Please stop by shutterfly and enjoy the view. J

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