RAMP plans second annual Bamboozle
Last year, RAMP Sports hosted the first Bamboozle, an event that not only celebrated art and music, but also served as a fundraiser for local artists and the Summit Land Conservancy.
"We had more than 500 people attend and it was one of the most fun parties I’ve ever been to in the 35 years I’ve been in the skiing industry," said Mike Kilchenstein, RAMP president and CEO, during an interview with The Park Record. "People had a blast and I think they enjoyed it because they liked the cause. It was a perfect day and the music and art really came together well."
So, RAMP, which is an acronym for riders, artists, musicians, project, is going to do it again.
The second annual Bamboozle will be held at the RAMP Factory, 6407 Business Park Loop Rd., on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free, but there will be additional cost for food and drinks. Children will be admitted, but must be accompanied by an adult.
Music will be provided by Holy Water Buffalo and Talia Keys from Marinade. The night will also feature a silent auction of art created from RAMP-product scrap material.
These works of art are the focus of the event, Kilchenstein said.
"From a broad point of view, we use extensively green practices and are dedicated in trying not to throw away our factory scrap," he explained. "We try to find ways to upcycle and reuse this material and one way was to turn it into art."
Last year, artists created more than 100 works, including a 30-foot yeti out of the scrap material.
"We decided if we were going to build this big sculpture of the Yeti, wouldn’t it be great to invite local artists to use our scrap for individual projects," Kilchenstein said. "One thing led to another and we decided to make a party of it and host a silent auction. That way the artists can sell what they make."
Most of the works sold last year.
"The ones that didn’t were the ones that people donated to us to have in our factory," Kilchenstein said. "In fact, the artists came up to us and said that they’ve been doing things like this all the time and this is the first event where all their works sold out."
Hoping lightning will strike twice, RAMP is inviting the local art community to use the scraps from the skis and snowboards, to make some art.
"Last year’s stuff was totally exotic," Kilchenstein said. "There was one artist who used strips of ski bases to make an exact replica of the Wasatch Range. It was so accurate that it looked like the U.S. Geological Survey made a three-dimensional rendition of the mountains."
Other artists made items such as musical instruments and light fixtures and there was even an artist that made a full-sized bicycle.
"The silent auction will feature the art and benefit the participating artists and also the Summit Land Conservancy," Kilchenstein said.
Robyn Geist, outreach and development director for the Summit Land Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of open space and open lands, said RAMP reached out to her last year about Bamboozle.
"They wanted to give something back to a community organization and thought of us because we protect open space where people can ski and snowboard," Geist said. "I think it’s great that our community is so supportive of what we do."
Kilchenstein said selecting the Summit Land Conservancy was a no-brainer because its mission is a nice complement to RAMP’s sustainability mission.
"When we were building our company and brand RAMP, we needed to decide our platform and what we stood for," he said. "One of our athletes, Ross Powers, an Olympic and X Games multiple gold medalist, is friends with many musicians, including Stefan Lessard, bassist for the Dave Matthews Band."
The two talked about the company and Ross came up with the name RAMP and thought it would be a great collaboration among artist, musicians and riders.
"We came up with this idea of getting out there through my business partner Victor Waryas, who works in the music industry," Kilchenstein said. "There are a lot of musicians who love to ski and snowboard, and what makes them willing to put their name on our website is because of our green practices.
"We have no formal agreement, contracts of money with them, but they’re willing to support us," he said. "And we’re willing to support them with equipment."
Hosting a second Bamboozle is a milestone for RAMP, according to Kilchenstein.
"We wanted to keep this going year after year, because things like this can grow if you stick with them," he said. "We hope people will come out and have a great time."
RAMP Sports will host the second annual Bamboozle Party at its factory offices, 6407 Business Park Loop Rd., on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.rampsports.com/sustainability or http://www.facebook.com/RAMPSPORTS.
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