Category: Fun Raising

Art in the Skatepark | May 12, 2018

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The Fort Indoor Presents “Art in the Skatepark” an evening of art, music, food and entertainment organized by local artist Amber Marie Cox to help raise funds for our beloved indoor park.
 
The evening will include local food vendors, musical entertainment by the The Snarks with the 2nd act TBA.
 
Over the past 3 years we have been collecting broken or otherwise discarded skateboards from supporters and from just around the park. We have over 40 skateboard decks that have been made into pieces of art and contributed to us for silent auction.Talents including established national and local artists, local kids, working adults, and folks from all walks of life.
 
We invite you come out and spend an all ages evening supporting your local community as we celebrate the ending of our 4th season as a provider of fun right here in Fort Wayne!
 
Talents Include:
 
David Rickey
Danielle Rosas
Ricky Racket
Kole Christlieb
Ricco Diamante
John Wray
TIm Baron
Austin Zink
Kendra Johnson
Mike Mankin
Jeff Anderson
Freddy Ray
Josh Angel
Bob Story
Erin Duddy
Dave Lough
Daniel Denielt
Ted Sutaphong
Beth Collier
Jared Andrews
Josh Hire
Ashley Kopang-Beatty
Sean Peters
Jeremy Jalopies
Debera Kuntz
Rich Hoppe
Dan Butler
Mark Widdman
Brent Mergy
Rebecca Ahlersmeyer
Liz Clark
Keith Haupt
Teyson Armey
Jess Mudgett
Blaise Martin
Ted Cocuzza
Kaylee Hoppe
Jaden Rice
Steve Crandall



Updated Spring Hours | All Sessions Mixed & Just $5

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Yes indeed folks its that time of the year when spring catches up to us to bring the wonderful world of outside activity.  We will start to slow down the hours at the indoor and eventually slash all hours to none.  We encourage everyone to enjoy the park, which is why until the end of the season, all sessions are only $5 BUCKS!  *Special Events Excluded as always




Rich Hoppe Presents to Local Entrepreneurs about The Indoor’s Past, Present, & Future

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We had to opportunity to present the history behind the Fort Wayne Indoor to a local group of entrepreneurs this past week at Sweetwater Sound for 1 Million Cups.  We sent out Rich Hoppe with a Power Point, and Brian Leonard with a camera.  1 Million Cups is designed to get local business people and entrepreneurs together to discuss things, ideas, concepts, opportunities, with local business owners with businesses under 4 years of age.  When asked to present, we took it on and decided to record it so that you, the Fort Wayne Indoor Family can see it 1st hand.  We have some pretty amazing ideas that start out near the 15 minute mark when we talk about Roots & Growth.  We also enlighten some folks on the rules and laws governing Lawtons Skatepark that do not sit well on ones mind when heard like we say it.  Give this a real listen and give us some feedback on our Facebook page on what you would like to see in Fort Wayne in the next 3-5 Years!



The 2017 “Fall Bash Block Party” Announced for September 16th, 2017

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We would like to welcome everyone out to celebrate our 4th season as the regional leader in all things Action Sports here in the Fort Wayne Regional Area. This year we will try to duplicate that which rained us out last year.  We will hold a cash prize Skateboard contest inside Lawton Skatepark Downtown.  We will also hold BMX Demonstrations by local and professional riders.  We will also have a Scooter Village set up for the 1st time for the younger ones who may want to dabble a bit in the entry levels of Action Sports.  We hope to see everyone out and enjoying the day with us.  Scroll down for more information.

Cost:
$5 Entry
$10 Per Family
$10 – Additional to enter SKATE CONTEST
 
This fall The Fort Wayne Indoor brings you a Skateboard Contest like no other, the entire course is the contest area inside Lawton Skatepark downtown, Fort Wayne Indiana.
 
We will be offering a rather handsome cash prize $500 to the top 3 riders and hopes to attract some high caliber skateboarders to take each other on!
 
This will take part during our Fall Bash fundraiser, Fort Wayne’s 3nd annual “Action Sports and Music Festival”. Soul Kitchen Food Truck will be on hand as well as some Bomb Pops! Solution Action Sports & Wonder Wheels BMX Demos will take place on 4th street along with Rod and friends on the turn-tables.
 
Don’t miss this one, The Fort Wayne Indoor needs the support, winter is not to far away!
 
Timeline:
3pm – DJ’S Begin – Scooter Village Opens
3:30-4PM – Welcome / Pro BMX Demonstration (SAFETY FOCUS)
4:00-5PM – Skateboard Contest Prelims
5:30-6PM – Open Skatepark Session
6:00-6:30 – BMX BIke Raffle & 50/50 Prizes Announced
6;30-7PM – Pro BMX Show (DRUG AWARENESS FOCUS)
7:00-8PM – Skateboard Competition Finals / Awards
 
Mission & Purpose:
The MISSION of The Fort Wayne Indoor BMX & Skatepark
IS TO PROVIDE A SAFE, LEGAL, AND POSITIVE RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR MULTI-AGED LOCALS TO GROW THEIR BMX / SKATING SKILLS, WHILE BUILDING SELF-CONFIDENCE AND ENRICHING THEIR LIVES BY BECOMING A PART OF A UNIQUE COMMUNITY.
The purpose of The Fort Wayne Indoor’s Annual Block Party is to raise funds to support the mission of the Fort Wayne Indoor Bike & Skate Park. The Fort Wayne Indoor Bike & Skate Park (FWI) is a 501c(3) not for profit organization that serves the bike and skate community of Northeast Indiana. The FWI provides the youth of Fort Wayne the opportunity to build a supportive and inclusive local skating and biking community. The FWI supports this community by providing a custom built indoor facility complete with ramps, rails, and trick features designed and built by local skaters and trick riders.
The FWI goes beyond offering a legal, safe, and clean environment for self-expression through free style riding and skating by hosting competitions and riding events that mix skating, bike riding, and music. Rich Hoppe and Dan Butler’s lifelong dedication to the sports that they love has earned them friends across the industry. These friends and connections work at some of the largest manufacturers in the industry and they routinely support the FWI with prizes and gear to promote local competitions and events.
The Fort Wayne Indoor faces a challenge each and every year. A challenge that cannot be avoided. That challenge is warm weather. The target demographic for the FWI is youth. Once the weather warms and skateboarders and bicyclists can move their interests outdoors to ride for free, the regular revenue stream for the FWI dwindles.
The Fort Wayne Indoor’s Annual Block Party seeks to provide an alternative revenue stream for FWI through sponsorships and ticket sales to fund the park through the summer months. We also seek to use The Fort Wayne Indoor’s Annual Block Party to raise awareness of the Fort Wayne Indoors mission and purpose among potential corporate sponsors to help fund the park.
The Fort Wayne Indoor is supporting the youth of Fort Wayne’s skate, bike, and all wheeled sports in our community and we need your help
 
Thank You for your continued support!
 
Rich Hoppe / Dan Bulter / The Board of Directors / All the Volunteers and Supporters of The Fort Wayne Indoor!



Flea Market Extravaganza – August 19,20 at the Indoor

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We invite everyone to come visit, donate, buy & support at the Fort Wayne Indoors #FleaMarket Extravaganza! We welcome you to bring items of some value to our community yard sale of sorts. All donated items that DO NOT SELL during the Extravaganza will be donated to the GoodWill Store across the street from us in the 46805.

We invite everyone to come out and check out the park and come buy some stuff from us also. We will also be accepting cash donations at the event. Please help do your part by sharing this post and donating if at all possible to our GoFundMe at gofundme.com/TheFWIndoor

Extravaganza Hours:
August 19th & 20th, 10-5pm

Drop Off Times:
Friday August 11th, 6-8pm
Thursday August 17th, 6-8pm

If you would like to schedule a time other than listed above please call the skatepark at 260.238.0398.

Thank You and we hope to have a great turnout for this Extravaganza!




Springtime Online Fundraising is On!

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Rich Hoppe & Dan Butler

We want to start this update off with a Huge Thank You to all of you amazing Fort Wayne Indoor Supporters.  We just wrapped up our 3rd season as the area’s ONLY Indoor BMX & Skate facility!

We started out this season with a COMPLETE rebuild.  We literally tore down every single ramp in the building, downsized the park by 4,000 sq ft (now 7,000 sq ft) and ended up with an amazingly fun and cool place to ride.  Huge thanks to Brian Leonard for spearheading and spending countless hours at the park during the rebuild (props to Aiden & Jaise Jordan also for their non-stop help)

The Rebuild…..

The season started out well as we are super dependent upon the weather.  We opened up the 1st week of November and the cash flow helped get us out of last year’s debt for the 1st few months. We reorganized our pricing structure by adding a $10 Yearly Fee to help offset Insurance, Electric, Gas, etc. By the time February hit, so did 70 degrees and of course folks want to be outside enjoying the outdoors.   The remainder of the winter was extremely slow in comparison to the 1st few months.

Rebuild 2016

We rely on a mix of cash flow through-out the year.  This time of the year we ask for your help to ensure that this unique facility of ours stays open for our community.  Because we are a non-for-profit 501(c)3,   all of your donated money can be written off on your taxes for 2018.  We are 100% Volunteer and 100% committed to keeping the doors open, here in Fort Wayne, IN.  We are always working on new ways and efforts to make the park successful.

Please take a few minutes and donate any amount you can afford; every single dollar goes towards a community of amazing individuals.

Click Here to Donate Now!

Sincerely,

Rich Hoppe / Dan Butler and the Entire Fort Wayne Indoors Group of Radical Volunteers.

Photos by Skatepark Supporter Ryan Hodges Photo




Bravas Burritos | Bikes, Boards & Brews this Saturday at the Indoor

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We at the Fort Wayne Indoor are excited to bring some local love next Saturday in the form of a catered ALL NIGHT BMX & Skateboard Party that starts at 10pm.  We will be blocking off the mini-ramp and a small portion of the flat area to accommodate our Fort Wayne neighbors Bravas Foods as they bring to us a smothered burrito creation for your personal enjoyment. The park will be open to the public tables/chairs and a mini bar serving beers to those over 21 years of age will be available from 10-2am.  We also celebrate the birthday of one of our favorite artists and 24 hour code holder, Michael Mankin.  Mike is bringing some video game consoles and some proctors to play around with if you do not happen to skateboard or BMX.

 

This fundraiser allows Bravas Food fans, and fans of beer alike to come check out the Indoor gem we have created right in the heart of the city.  The skatepark itself will be open for Skateboarding & BMX Only from 10pm-6am with best trick contests going down at midnight with prizes by another Fort Wayne local favorite, Neat Neat Records on South Calhoun Street. Beer will be served for those patrons over age 21 by your local Main Street Bar Skeletunes Lounge.   Come and be a part of this unique city while checking out some talented humans doing stunts.

We have arranged for seating with a fenced barricade between the actual skatepark to keep things a bit safer for our friends with Burritos & Beers in their face! Take note of seating for over 30 people and we also have standing room available along with a balcony viewing area of the entire park.

 

 




GoFundMe Link and Live Feed Video Update

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In case you missed our live broadcast we have the opportunity to view it once again. During the live feed we interviewed many different people about things like building the park, 24 hour access as well as giving you a live view of what it feels like inside the Indoor!

Click Below to read more about the Fort Wayne Indoor and please Donate!

https://www.gofundme.com/TheFWIndoor

Thank You for helping out, and please help out by donating and sharing the cause!




Letter from Matt Hanes – Beneficiary from our March Skate Contest / Fundraiser

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Matt Hanes

Matt Hanes

This past month Dan Butler organized a benefit to help out Matt Hanes a Fort Wayne Skateboarder for over 30 years. as well as an overall good friend and contributor to the scenes in and around our local region.

Matt recently discovered that he has a stage 4 Kidney disease and also even more recently had hip replacement surgery (One of Two)

Matt has been off work for nearly 8 months and we are proud to have helped him out by raising enough $$’s to cover a full months mortgage on his house.

Here is a letter Matt sent over, true passion and nothing but love from this amazing human!




Saturday All Nighters this January Include Everyone!

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JANUARY

Get Stoked!

Starting this Saturday, January 16th, 2016 the Fort Wayne Indoor is proud to host 3 ALL NIGHTERS!  We have decied to open the doors to all sports to enjoy the all night party!

$15 each person OR bring a buddy and save $5 bones!  We look forward to riding all night long with you all this winter!

The Crew at the Fort Wayne Indoor!



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