IRVINE, Calif., — In honor of one of the world’s most beloved snowboarders, the Boost Mobile Pro of Snowboarding’s official kick-off party and on-site raffle were held the weekend of March 26-27 to raise money for the Jeff Anderson Memorial Fund. Boost Mobile Pro of Snowboarding sponsors, competitors and fans contributed approximately $30,000 to honor Jeff Anderson, a 10-year snowboarding hero who died last year at the young age of 23 as a result of a severe head injury.
Raffle winner names and prizes are now posted on the Boost Mobile and Jeff Anderson Memorial Fund websites: www.boostmobile.com and www.jlamemorialfund.org. All donations and raffle proceeds will be used to help fund a new world-class skate park in Jeff’s hometown of Mammoth Lakes, California where youth can skateboard, hang out, and be safe.
Boost Mobile Pro of Snowboarding sponsors, including Forum, Rossignol, Split, Gnu, and Burton, showed support by donating a portion of their sponsorship fee to the JLA Fund. In addition, the sponsors contributed $50,000 worth of merchandise to be raffled-off on site during the event, with all proceeds benefiting the cause. Boost Mobile Pro of Snowboarding competitors also showed their support and have agreed to pool a portion of their winnings to donate $10,000 to the Jeff Anderson Memorial Fund.
“As action sports such as snowboarding continue to increase in popularity, the industry as a whole is able to contribute to worthy causes such as the Jeff Anderson Memorial Fund, said Mark Fewell, Boost Mobile. “The snowboarding community continues to mourn the loss of Jeff, we are stoked that so many sponsors and supporters came onboard at the event to contribute to preserving his memory and to give the Mammoth community a new skate park.
Since the creation of the Jeff Anderson Memorial Fund in March of 2003, more than $300,000.00 has been raised. A large portion of the funds have been raised by selling 20,000 donated T-shirts bearing photos of Jeff, his original artwork and unique designs by his sponsors, including Volcom, Oakley, Burton and Transworld Media to surf, skate, and snowboard shops. In addition, eBay will be co-hosting a benefit auction in May to raise money for the Jeff Anderson Memorial Fund via auctions for specialty items autographed and donated by the world’s top pro-snowboarders, as well as the opportunity to spend a day with a pro on the slopes.
Born in the snowy town of Mammoth into a family who worked and lived at a ski school, Jeff was on the slopes since the age of four. At age 11 he signed with his first sponsor, Lamar Snowboards. From then on Jeff dedicated his life to snowboarding, ultimately becoming one of the top all around snowboarders who touched fans of the sport worldwide.
“Boost Mobile is proud to have been able to utilize the Boost Mobile Pro of Snowboarding to raise contributions for the skate park, pay homage to Jeff, and help make his dream a reality in his hometown, added Fewell. In order for the Anderson family and the Town of Mammoth to build the skate park, a grand total of $550,000.00 needs to be raised. Those looking to donate money, purchase T-shirts or participate in the upcoming eBay auction should call Yale Miller at 213-926-3926 or email at email@example.com. For more information visit www.jlamemorialfund.org.