Tuesday, January 24, 2012
MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Community members
in Monmouth and Independence will have a chance to meet professional snowboarder Andy Finch during special Saturday night screenings of the snowboard movie "ONE YEAR."
The events are being sponsored by The Gate Youth Association, a nonprofit faith-based organization that provides area children with afterschool activities and tutoring.
"ONE YEAR" follows Finch, a well-known Christian athlete from Puyallup, Wash., and four other pro snowboarders as they ride mountains, backcountry terrain and halfpipes
across five continents.
A 6:30 p.m. showing is planned in the auditorium of First Baptist Church, 1505 Monmouth St. in Independence for junior high and high school-age youths.
Western Oregon University students can catch the film at 9 p.m. in the Werner University Center's Pacific Room. Finch will share some of his personal experiences with audience members afterward.
The events are free.
"It's not strictly a church activity," said Ben Bobeda, president of The Gate. "It's for anybody who wants to come see the film or meet Andy."
Bobeda said the visit to Monmouth-Independence came about because of his childhood friendship with Joel Parker, a founder of the Nations production company, which made "ONE YEAR" in 2008.
Bobeda said The Gate does a number of weekly activities in partnership with Central High for students, "but this is the first stand-alone event we've ever done," he said.
Finch's accolades on the slopes include winning the U.S. Grand Prix Halfpipe in 2003 and 2004 and the Vans Triple Crown in 2004. Finch also competed for the United States during the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Some will also recognize him as a contestant on CBS's "The Amazing Race" last fall.
Attendees of the screening can take part in a raffle. Prizes include Kemper and Option snowboards, goggles and other gear.
For more information: 503-838-1001; e-mail Ben Bobeda at firstname.lastname@example.org.