Skatepark fundraiser at Traverse features art/skate/snow auction

The Columbia Valley Skateboard Association is hosting a fundraiser Monday night at Traverse in support of their Kovach Park skatepark project. The event features a silent auction with lots of skate/snow/art swag and three DJs.

From left: DJ Lorne B, Party Mike Moynihan and Columbia Valley Skateboard Association president Karl Jost get ready for a Monday, Jan. 26 fundraiser in support of the Kovach Park skatepark fund. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail. When your name’s Party Mike, likewise everything’s an opportunity for a party.
Mike Moynihan, or Party Mike to most in Revelstoke, will be throwing a fundraiser for the Columbia Valley Skateboard Association’s (CVSA) Kovach Park skatepark project. Mike is a party promoter in town (amongst many other jobs).
The event at Traverse Nightclub on Monday, Jan. 26 will feature three DJs (Ray Ray, Lorne B and Cirro) and lots of prizes to be had in a silent auction and raffle.
Mike started working on the event on short notice and said the community has really stepped up to help.
“The love and support had been mind blowing. Everyone has shown lots of support. It makes me feel really good about this community I live in,” Moynihan told the Mountaineer. Bring cash. The list of silent auction items is long. They’ve got:

-Six nights at the Valley Retreat
-a day of heli-skiing with Eagle Pass Heliskiing
-clothes from Osiris
-merchandise from Enjoi
-binding packs from Driftwood Canada
-jewellery by local artists
-an Alpen Surfurf board from Al Clark
-massage by Zoe
Birch and Lace is giving away a haircut, or mohawks for life
Taco Club certificates
-gift certificates from other restaurants
-food at the event from the Village Idiot
-a package from The Cabin
-a Wasted Youth package
-a Wig Partyrevelsto package
-tattoo time
-a jacket from iFound
… and more.
Many local and regional artists have contributed works for auction at the event. They include: Kurtis PrescottWilliam EatonBenoit PageoMeagan OxfordHunter PowellMark Kowalchuk Nikki TreberStan MatwychukLance LightningTaylor RobertsDunford RyenNick Macleod KhattarStevon HunterIan WackettRachel CybulskiZoe Heather and Bonnie Thiessen.
Doors for the event are at 7 p.m. and the silent auction and raffle run until about 11:30 p.m. to let people who work the next day take part. The party goes until much later. Mike thanked the club for generously donating towards the event, including hosting the DJs and giving a percentage of sales to the cause.

Skatepark design concept expected soon
CVSA president Karl Jost provided and update on the skatepark effort. A public design session was held in late November to gather input on skatepark design.
Contractor New Line Skateparks is working on design options, and they’re expected back in the next few weeks to present a proposal.
“I am stoked to see what they come up with,” Jost said.
He said the challenge ahead is fundraising; once the design is completed, it’s time to finalize many grant applications, and continue on with fundraising events.
(Disclosure: the author of this story is the Secretary of the CVSA.)