Members of the original Hobie skateboard team will be our official honorees!
How did the Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama start?
In 2004, Barbara Odanaka was looking for a unique way to celebrate the publication of her first children’s book, Skateboard Mom. She thought it would be fun to have a Mothers Day skateboard party, and figured she might track down four or five willing participants. Nineteen women rolled into the Laguna Niguel skateboard park that Mothers Day, including skateboard legend Laura Thornhill and 80-year-old Liz! The annual Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama was born.
Who hosts the Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama?
The event is hosted by Skateboard Moms & Sisters of Shred, a 501c3 nonprofit that empowers women through skateboarding. Based in Orange County, Calif., the group has roughly 400 members, ages 20 to 70, throughout the United States and beyond. Skateboard Moms & Sisters of Shred have been featured in more than 200 media outlets including Good Morning America, CNN, The Early Show, USA Today, the BBC, NPR, the Los Angeles Times and many others. You can also view a video about us produced by AARP by clicking here. If you’re interested in joining us, please contact Barb.
Are all these women “moms”?
The Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama welcomes all skateboarding women. We call our non-moms “Sisters of Shred.” They are as much a part of the group as our moms.
Is the Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama a competition?
Not at all. The event is all about stoke, camaraderie and sisterhood. Whether you attend as a participant or a spectator, one thing’s for certain: you will witness some of the happiest faces you’ve ever seen!
What’s this about an official honoree?
Every year since 2007, we have chosen a very special woman of skateboarding to be our official event honoree, someone who has greatly contributed to the sport and its community. For 2016, that woman will be the legendary Gale Webb. Past honorees: Patti McGee, Ellen Oneal, Patti Hurst, Ellen Berryman, Ji Hong, Judi Oyama, Laura Thornhill, Robin Logan, Cara-Beth Burnside, Gale Webb and Di Dootson Rose.
Are guys allowed to participate?
Yes! Though we respectfully ask that they bring their most chivalrous attitudes and think “ladies first” on our special day. We especially appreciate the skateboarding gentlemen who take on a supportive role, helping to set up the event or offering a steady hand to a wobbly beginner. Oh, and don’t forget to buy plenty of raffle tickets to support our designated cause!
Where does the money go that you raise through the raffle?
We are a 100% volunteer organization. Aside from nominal administrative costs (printing fliers, purchasing a couple rolls of raffle tickets, pizza for event volunteers, etc.), all Rockin’ Raffle proceeds go to our designated charities. Past proceeds have gone to Orangewood Children’s Home; Rosie’s Garage (La Habra tutoring center); Mission Learning Center of San Francisco; San Jose Public Libraries Family Services division; Los Angeles Central Library’s Friends of Children and Literature (FOCAL); Delhi Center of Santa Ana; Miracles For Kids, and children/teens rescued from human trafficking in Orange County, Calif.
I’m a business owner. How can I support the event?
The Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama is greatly appreciative of the many companies that have supported us over the years. If you have goods or services you’d like to donate to our raffle in exchange for some exposure at a stoke-filled, family-friendly event, please contact Barb Odanaka. Skateboard Moms Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Why can’t I find your organization on Charity Navigator?
Although Skateboard Moms Inc. is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit group, we are not yet big enough, revenue-wise, to be rated on Charity Navigator or other charity review sites. Some day, we hope!
How do I buy raffle tickets?
Tickets are sold in advance and during the event, and prizes will be awarded throughout the event. Winners need not be present to win but must arrange to pick up their prize or pay to have the prize shipped to them.
Is there a fee to participate in the Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama?
Not for the Mighty Mama itself. But some skate parks charge entry fees (and require signed liability waivers).
I’m not a skateboarder, but I’d like to support the event. How can I help?
Besides purchasing raffle tickets, there are always boxes to carry, banners to hang, raffle prizes to organize and many other tasks we’d love help with. If you’re willing to donate a few hours of your time, please contact Barb Odanaka. The event can be an excellent way for hard-working high school students to earn some community service hours.
How else can I support Skateboard Moms & Sisters of Shred?
As a small 501(c)(3) nonprofit with big goals, we could always use donations from our supporters to further our mission. Please see PayPal below to donate. Thank you for your support!