Snowboarder Andy Varner, who has helped Park City locals and visitors learn more about the sport, lost a friend to breast cancer a couple of years ago, so he wanted to organize a Boarding for Breast Cancer evening that would raise awareness of the disease and raise funds for research into cures and treatment.

The event, which will be held from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, at Maxwell's East Coast Eatery in Newpark, and will feature music, opportunity drawings, a silent auction and a world-premiere screening of the Never Summer Snowboard film "Days of Chunder."

The proceeds from the drawing and auction will help breast cancer awareness and research.

"October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I wanted to do an event that would not only help with breast cancer research, but also be a time where people in the community could come and have fun," Varner told The Park Record. "It's cool because this is an outdoor venue and Maxwell's is really backing us. They'll serve pizzas and sodas and all sorts of stuff."

Varner said the most important thing was to give people an idea of how urgently cancer research is needed.

"We're doing this because this terrible disease has affected everyone in one way or another," he said. "It's pretty much impossible to not have a family member or friend be affected by cancer.


"I have participated in breast-cancer awareness walks in Salt Lake City and I took it upon myself to help bring the Boarding for Breast Cancer event here to Park City," Varner explained. "Never Summer, who has been making hand-made snowboards in Denver, Colo., for 20 years, will head up the film premiere of 'Days of Chunder,' and before the premiere, we will screen other films, including 'Made In America,' that was produced by Never Summer in the past. In between the screenings, we'll push the silent auctions and the drawings."

In addition to the film and activities, the evening will feature autograph sessions with professional Never Summer snowboard riders, Varner said.

One of those riders is Cooper Hoffmeister, who has been riding Never Summer boards since 1999. He wanted to get involved with the event because he was also a friend of the woman Varner lost.

"She was a fighter and it was hard to watch her go through the progression of how active she was until she passed away," Hoffmeister said. "It wasn't pretty."

Hoffmeister said he also wanted to get involved because cancer, in general, has taken a toll on his family.

"I've lost two grandparents and another good friend to the disease as well," he said. "So by doing this, I hope we can help with cancer awareness and garner some support for people, especially those who have been diagnosed and how they are dealing with it. We want to provide people with more knowledge and education about it."

Varner said the event could not be possible with out the support of the sponsors.

They include Never Summer, VonZipper, SelTech, Vans, Neff, DC, Silver Mountain Spa, Uptown Fair, 686, Penny Skates, Oakley, ProTech, Union and El Chabasco.

"I believe this is the first Boarding for Breast Cancer fundraiser in Park City," Varner said. "This is something that would be great for our community, locally and nationally, and I wanted to step up to the bar and do it correctly and get everybody in the community together for the film premiere and have a great time."

Another goal is to clear up some misconceptions about board-riding athletes.

"Snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding have all been huge cultures in our society who like to help people," he said. "People still think we wear baggy clothes and wear our pants down around our ankles and spray paint walls."

That's not the case.

"We're a culture that likes to have fun, but as much as people like to say we're dirt bags or knuckle-draggers, we have big hearts," Varner said. "Although sometimes we don't have the biggest wallets, we do what we can.

"Just because we're not allowed to ride anywhere we want to, we can break the stereotype," he said. "We aren't detrimental to our environments and our communities. We are here to help build better relationships."

A Boarding for Breast Cancer event will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, at Maxwell's East Coast Eatery, 1456 Newpark Blvd., in Newpark, from 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. For more information, contact Andy Varner (435) 513-0542.