2013-09-26 / Letters to the Editor

Community makes Skatefest a success

The Jamestown Teen Center would like to thank everyone who made the seventh annual Skatefest such a successful event. There were more than 200 attendees, and over 50 youngsters who participated in the competition.

Thank you to everyone who came to Skatefest and showed support and enthusiasm for the teen center and skateboarding. Skatefest is presented to the community by the teen center and Kettlebottom. Robb Roach and Tommy Munro of Kettlebottom spent hours planning and working on this event. We couldn’t do it without them and their entire Kettlebottom crew.

Many thanks to our teen volunteers: Grace Lynn, Rachel O’Neill, Izzy Piccerelli, Annabelle O’Neill, Evelina Pinto, Ashley Shaw and Tyler Gibson. Thanks to the Recreation Department staff: Jill Goldstein, Ronnie Parfitt, Bill Piva, Ally Yeomans, Aryan Burns, Nate Nordstrom and Clay Caswell for all of their assistance getting everything organized and set up. Thanks to Natalie Squillante from the Jamestown Arts Center for donating her time to face paint, and Casey Weibust for bringing some gear to give away to the kids. Thanks to Lew Kitts from the School Department for making sure we had everything we needed, and Will Kitts for helping us during the event.

Thank you to Robb Roach for his support of the teen center and being our emcee and entertaining everyone at the park. Thanks to Tommy Munro and Jay Torbitt for helping to keep the day running smoothly and for all their help getting the event together. Thanks to Jeremy Wigton aka DJ Platz for providing the entertainment.

Thanks to Jay Hamel of Hamel Graphics for donating your time for marketing and design. Thanks to Peggy Kopelcheck of Latitude Custom Apparel for getting our shirts done. Thanks to Mike Martin for bringing an extra set of lights to keep us out of the dark. Thanks to Jill Goldstein from the Recreation Department for being my right-hand man at Skatefest and helping to plan, set up and get participants to register. Thanks to Ioneye and Eddie Rap Life for their live musical performances.

Lastly, thank you to all our sponsors: The Chemical Company, Kettlebottom, Water Brothers, Narragansett Surf & Skate, Civil Skate Shop, Paul Dancheck at Volcom, Latitude Custom Apparel, Kristine Trocki, Gloria Dahl, Craig Mason, Paul Bailey’s Jeep Chrysler Dodge RAM, KM Gladding Excavating, Island Engineering, East Ferry Deli, GT3 Creative, Vanessa Wurman of Carolina Equestrian, Evan Corporation, Atlantic Lawn & Garden, Brian Costanas and Ben Schmitt from Smith Optics, Eddie’s BBQ, BankNewport, Spinnakers, Judd Silvia, Ken’s Barber Shop, Gretchen Blyker and Mike Jacquard.

Skatefest 2013 was a ton of fun and hopefully it will be an even bigger success next year. Thanks again.

Molly Conlon
Teen coordinator

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