Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama

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Originally appeared on blog http://mightymamaskateorama.blogspot.com and http://skateboardmom.com.
Photos by Christopher Zsarnay, Z Studios

This year's Mother's day saw the 8th annual Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama, which took place at Laguna Niguel Skatepark and almost $1,000 was raised.

Mama Skate-O-Rama was created by Barb Odanaka who was looking for a unique way to celebrate the publication of her first children's book, Skateboard Mom, in spring 2004. She thought it would be fun to have a Mother's Day skateboard party, and figured she might track down four or five willing participants.

Nineteen women rolled into the Laguna Niguel skateboard park that first Mothers Day event, including 80-year-old Venice Beach 'Skateboard mama' Liz Bevington! And the annual Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama was born.

You don't have to be a mom to be part of the Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama. The group calls their non-moms "aunties" - a term of respect in many Asian/Hawaiian cultures and/or "Sisters of Shred." Skateboarding women of all ages and stages, and even guys are welcome. We respectfully ask that the gentlemen bring their most chivalrous attitudes and think "Ladies First" on our special day.

This year's official "honoree" was the 1970's skateboard star Ellen Berryman. The event also saw its Rockin' Raffle and online silent auction of amazing goods.

All proceeds went to support the Friends of Children and Literature, a Downtown LA-based grassroots group that brings the magic of reading to children in Los Angeles. The literacy group is housed in Los Angeles's Central Library.  

Photos and videos of the raffle prizes on the event's public Facebook page.  

Questions or comments contact Barb thru her website at http://skateboardmom.com