Jack Smith is a pioneer of not only skateboarding, but board sports. These days Jack is still pushing his skateboard and promoting the history of skateboarding through his efforts at the Morro Bay Skateboard Museum. We’ve covered the Museum in the past and asked for your support, this year we’re doing the same. Check out what Jack has to say on the Go Fund Me page and please consider supporting the Museum and the continued curation of the history of skateboarding.
From the Morro Bay Skateboard Museum:
Our goal with this fund raising effort is to raise enough funds to help offset our monthly rent through the slower winter months and to install new carpet or laminate flooring throughout the museum.
About the Museum…
First the BIG NEWS…The Morro Bay Skateboard Museum is now officially a non-profit. That means your donation is tax-deductible!
The Morro Bay Skateboard Museum opened in July of 2012. Our mission is to share skateboarding’s history and culture with all ages of skateboarders as well as the general public. The Museum is staffed by founder and curator, Jack Smith, and docent Eric Terhorst.
During our four and half years of operation we’ve had thousands of people from all over the world visit the museum. Many of these visitors have told us they made a special trip to Morro Bay just to see the museum. Our visitors include older skaters who enjoy the opportunity to re-visit and share their skateboarding days with family and friends. We also provide an educational experience for younger skaters who are unfamiliar with skateboarding’s long and colorful history. By making a pledge to this fund raising effort you will help to provide a place where the public can learn about skateboarding history and culture.
While there are many incredible private collections of skateboards and skateboarding memorabilia, there are very few places where the public can view skateboarding history so openly. One of the largest of these collections is at Skatelab in Simi Valley, California. Owned by Todd Huber, the Skatelab collection contains over 5,000 boards and a plethora of skateboarding memorabilia. The Morro Bay Skateboard Museum is fortunate to have a great relationship with Skatelab; a number of the boards on display at our museum are on loan from Skatelab’s collection.
We are also working with a growing number of private collectors such as Stephen Pizzo, Greg Hagewood, Dennis Allgeier and Daniel Perkins who are willing to loan the museum portions of their collections for extended periods of time. Legendary skateboarders such as Stacy Peralta, Eddie Elguera, Patti McGee and the Logan Family have graciously loaned the museum historical skateboards and memorabilia. The museum has also received donations of skateboards and skateboard related items from individuals who have visited the museum.
What We Need & What You Get
Our goal with this fund raising effort is to raise enough funds to help offset our monthly rent through the slower winter months and to install new carpet or laminate flooring throughout the museum (our current carpeting is looking pretty shabby).
Due to the cyclical nature of tourism, we have fewer visitors during the winter months making it difficult to meet expenses, such as rent, payroll, utilities and insurance. Your contribution will allow us to meet these expenses as well as expand the museum’s collection of historical skateboarding memorabilia and to offer new and interesting exhibits.
We are offering many different levels of rewards. You can check them out in detail at the bottom of this page.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you are unable to contribute financially, here are some other ways you can help support the museum.
Help us get the word out by making some noise about our campaign. Email your friends and/or post the link to the campaign on your FaceBook, Twitter or Instagram pages. Encourage your friends to visit the museum in person.
You can also use the GoFundMe sharing tools to share our fundraising campaign!
Jack, Cathy and Eric