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Jono Hicks 

Coalition owner

NEW TIMES: How long have people been trying to get a cement skate park in SLO?
HICKS:  The local skateboard community has been trying to get a cement skate park for the last 15 years. About 18 months ago the design was approved by the city. Supposedly next year they’re breaking ground. The skate park is supposed to replace the old wood skate park at Santa Rosa Park.
NEW TIMES: What kind of fundraiser is your shop holding for the skate park?
HICKS: The SLO Parks and Recreation Department approached Coalition to try and tie an art auction into the fundraising efforts. Coalition works with a lot of different artists so they asked us to help. Coalition will host a party and silent auction from 6-9pm at the store on November 6.  We will also be accepting donations for the skate park. This event will be held in conjunction with "Art After Dark." We’re going to showcase as many pieces of art as we can and see how much of it we can sell through the silent auction.

How long has your shop been open?
HICKS: Coalition has been open for almost two years.
Who is donating art?
HICKS: We’re trying to connect with artists that we’ve used work from in the past that work for different companies and brands that we carry. Any one can donate art for the auction to help raise money for the park.  So far we have commitments from artists Russ Pope, John Copeland, Alex Rohrig, Jeff Claassen, and many more.

NEW TIMES: Who will receive all the money after the fundraiser?
HICKS: Most of the donations will be received by credit card at Coalition.  Coalition will write a check to SLO Parks and Recreation and they will give the money to the city.

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