Friday, January 16th, at the Vera Project, the totally rad local non-profit Skate Like A Girl held their second annual Girls That Shred benefit show, at which both rocking and rolling were quite literally enjoyed. The bill was chock full of rock goddessy goodness, with Peeping Toms, Thunderpussy, Tangerine, and Katie Kate putting on performances for an enthusiastic all ages crowd. Throughout the show, kids respectfully cruised around the venue on their boards, encouraged by ramps and loose rules. The party vibe was on point, an oasis for those drawn to the underground.
Through cover charges and a raffle of a very decent array of donated prizes, the event was an absolute success, raking in over $7000 by the end of the night. The money will help fund SLAG’s Youth Employment Skateboarding Program, which runs all of their free 12-and under Learn-to-Skate programs held every weekend over the summer in skate parks all over Seattle. Besides skateboard-centric activities, the program also provides free job training, resume writing, CPR/first aid and other life skills development to teens. “We’ll have a career panel where people come in from the industry and talk about what they do for a living,” SLAG’s Development Director, Jasmin Kwan tells STACKEDD. “It’s a really cool experience for them.”
Skate Like A Girl is a really cool organization all around, and while this benefit was for their youth-focused programming, the non-profit offers lessons to grown folks as well. Their mission is to be a resource to anyone looking to pick up the sport, especially those who are not usually encouraged to do so. Get the full scoop in their video below, which had its debut at Girls That Shred, and to donate or volunteer, visit skatelikeagirl.com for more information.