BRIDGEWATER, NJ – A pop-up skate park, Skate for the Paws, hosted by BR Skates Foundation was the first-ever pop-up skatepark event at the Bridgewater Municipal Complex.
“It’s been an honor to shine a light on local talent thriving in our community. I’m so grateful to the many people who volunteered their time to make Skate for the Paws such an amazing event,” said Jennifer Loughran, Founder of Skate for the Paws. BR Skateboarding.
Saturday’s event featured ramps donated by Tony Hawk’s foundation – The Skatepark Project.
It included a competition dedicated to the memory of Vincent Gagliardi, free introductory lessons in BR Skateboarding, a live concert by the Somerville School of Rock House Band and a display of billboard art by Chad Fandal.
All proceeds went to the Somerset Regional Animal Shelter.
“We raised over $1,200 in donations through the sale of buttons I made with my kids Serafina and Eilish Loughran and six dogs were adopted on Saturday, including several that were in our photos,” Loughran said.
A contest was also organized by Zack Hoyer, Raritan Skater & Votech Student and sponsored by NJ Skateshop and Zumiez.
- 12+ Fastest lap: Afton Alb, Bridgewater (HS)
- 12+ Mini Ramp: Will Hoyer
- Under 12 Fastest lap: Quinton Watson, Bridgewater (Hillside)
Loughran offered thanks to: Bridgewater Township, The Department of Public Works, Bridgewater Recreation, School of Rock Somerville, Artist Chad Fandal, Lifetime, Wegmans, Martinsville Rescue, NJ Skate Shop, Zumiez, One Stop Boardshop, Girl Scout Troop 60135, Marissa Gago Photography, the Gagliardi family, Somerset County Deputy Sheriff Tim Pino, County Commissioner Paul Drake and Councilman Michael Kirsh for honoring Veterans Day weekend and performing the National Anthem .