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The 3rd Annual Boardroom Banked

Celebrate Standing Sideways, Sponsor a Service Dog and Party like a Rockstar at Holiday Valley

The Boardroom Banked, aka the “Banked,” is much more than a competition; it’s an event dedicated to celebrating a collective love for snowboarding, benefitting a great cause, and building community. Scheduled this year for Sunday, March 1st on Champagne slope at Holiday Valley Resort, this timed banked slalom promises energetic pre/post-race parties, a live DJ, free swag, and fun for the whole family.

According to Spencer Timkey of The Boardroom, “There are park contests and movie premieres and plenty of other things that we can do. But a banked slalom is something that everyone can participate in. Dads and sons, friends, shop kids, the whole spectrum of snowboarders.”

THE DOWN-LOW ON THE DETAILS

The action starts Saturday, February 29th from 6:00-8:00pm at The Ellicottville Depot, where you can join the Banked crew for pre-registration and a killer pre-party. Event fees are $30, which includes a goodie bag and lunch. Lift tickets are discounted the day of the event to $60, but the party doesn’t stop here …

At 9:00am sharp the next morning, get your adrenaline pumping with the official event start. Be sure to bring your friends and family, because holding the event on Champagne slope allows for more spectators, more exposure and more snow for the event crew to build with. Timkey stated, “We’re incredibly fortunate to have Holiday Valley as a partner, as they’re allowing us to craft the event (and the course!) to our liking.”

To wrap things up, a post-party and awards ceremony will take place at 2:30pm on the Champagne Sundeck at Yodeler Lodge. The Banked is offering trophies to the top 3 finishers in four divisions: Grom, Ladies, Mens, and OG (Original Gangsters over 35).

NEW FOR 2020: SHREDDING FOR A CAUSE

The goal of this year’s Banked is to fully cover the cost of a service dog for a veteran through their partnership with the WNY Heroes program, Pawsitive for Heroes. The inspiration came to The Boardroom crew when a retired service member came into the store with a service dog; it floored them when they saw how big of an impact this dog was having on the retired veteran’s life. “After speaking to him and learning about WNY Heroes, it was an easy decision,” said Timkey.

He continued, “We have so many veterans in our country who struggle every day, and if we can make a significant, positive difference in someone's life, we're going to go for it. The entire process costs around $5,000 - that's our goal. But with a community like Ellicottville, we're certain we can achieve it.” If you’d like to donate to sponsoring the service dog without racing, visit www.boardsandpowder.com

WNYHeroes.org is a not-for-profit whose mission is to provide veterans, members of the armed services, and the widows and children of deceased veterans with access to essential services, financial assistance, and resources that support their lives and sustain their dignity. For more information, visit www.wnyheroes.org

BUILDING COMMUNITY

To further their push of snowboarding for a cause, the Banked crew will be offering tickets to a custom ski/snowboard specific painting from Buffalo artist, Caitlin Krumm. She is well-known for her Trendy Buffalo artwork, featured on her Instagram account @caitlinkrumm. Her artwork is also showcased on the walls of Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo.

Once Timkey got to know Krumm on a more personal level, he knew her Trendy Buffalo art would be a perfect fit for the Banked event. Timkey said, “I asked her to paint us a one-off, custom snowboard/ski specific painting that will look great in any home.” You can buy tickets for a chance to win the finished product at The Boardroom or online at www.boardsandpowder.com.

“Plus: Dubois, Pennsylvania native and legendary Lib Tech Team Photographer Tim Zimmerman is also donating one of his prints for us to auction off,” Timkey continued. 

CLOSING THOUGHTS FROM THE CREW

“The Banked is a great day, and one we’ve found resounding success with. The number of high-fives and great vibes makes us feel like we’re doing something right, and that’s providing a day for snowboarders to come celebrate snowboarding,” said Timkey. “The fact that they are helping change someone’s life for the better doesn’t hurt.” You can register and donate at www.boardsandpowder.com. Follow @boardroomeville on Instagram for more information and updates on how you can win these awesome items. 

The Boardroom Banked is proudly presented by The Boardroom Snowboard Shop, Holiday Valley Resort, Blackstrap Facemasks, Burton Snowboards, Lib Tech, Salomon Snowboarding, Finishing Touches by Caitlin Krumm, Neon Wave and many others.