Marissa Hushaw’s First Annual Grind Out Hunger Rail Jam Raises 3,600 Meals

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First off, we have to congratulate Marissa for winning 1st place in BoarderX and 1st in GS for round 4 of the 2012 CCSSS (Central California Ski & Snowboard Series) series at China Peak Mountain Resort. As well as 1st place (Over all points) female individual of the year in both BoarderX and GS.

Fresno Boardroom and China Peak Sponsor of the CCSSS and awarded Marissa with a $100.00 Gift Card for “Outstanding athlete of the season”. This was given to two outstanding athletes (Male and Female) who improved the most and demonstrated determination, hard-work throughout the 2012 China Peak CCSSS series.

Moving forward next season Marissa has stated she will continue to pursue BoarderX and will change things up a bit focusing on “Slope Style” Park competitions.  She plans to continue with her Grind Out Hunger passion locally at her home mountain China Peak in the 2013 CCSSS series and USASA South Lake Tahoe sanctioned competitions…

Marissa Hushaw wins 1st in both BoarderX and GS

What a great way to kick off the First annual Marissa Hushaw Grind Out Hunger Rail Jam at China Peak Resort! Let’s dive into that success, shall we….

The GOH Rail Jam Crew! Thanks For showing up and supporting!

Saturday morning. 6:30am wake up call. Sun is shining and we are ready to roll…

We got all of the equipment up to the location of the Rail Jam and began setting up. As it got closer to the beginning of the event kids, parents, families and competitors started showing up, all in support of Marissa, China Peak, and Grind Out Hunger. We all hung out, talked, laughed, shredded, enjoyed the sun, music, and family of China Peak.
We were told that this was one of the best competitions of the season, not necessarily because of the turnout, but because of the amount of positivity and fun generated by the event and the group of participant.
All we wanted to do was provide a great time for kids to compete, win prizes, learn about Grind Out Hunger, and make new friends. All of that AND MORE happened last Saturday.

DJ Adam in the Mix, supporting Grind Out Hunger and laying down a mix of dubstep, rock and metal to amp up the competitors.

Huge congratulations to Marissa for getting this event together, drawing the crowd, spreading the word and being such a great mentor and friend to her peers on the China Peak Mountain. It is very clear that she has an  army of hunger fighters on that mountain ready to drop everything for the cause.

Jacob talking to the competitors before the comp begins.

There were many many people that made this event such success. We would like to start by giving a big thank you and shout out to Jacob Williams, Event Coordinator at China Peak. He is the man that made this an all time event for China Peak and Grind Out Hunger. All about kids, Jacob has embraced Grind Out Hunger since day 1, giving Marissa 110% of his support in any way that he can. He personally setup, coordinated and made the day, giving his time above and beyond his normal China Peak responsibility. Back up supporting roles from China Peak Marketing Michelle Vikupitz, Brenna Blagg and Lyndsie Couto made for a perfect event.

We were surprised when we were told that all of the people attending the event was going to get a FREE lunch from China Peak. We would like to thank Keith for cooking up all those hot dogs to feed the kids! so rad.

Also want to give shout outs to; Frank Cuellar on video, DJ Adam mixing tunes all day at the China Peak Bus, Andrew Ray, China Peak Parks Manager on the Mic as M/C, Fresno Boardroom Crew for judging and providing prizes, Jimbo Phillips for supporting and signing a BUNCH of prizes for the kids, Santa Cruz Snowboards for providing the grand prize, Santa Cruz Skate and Surf Shop for prizes and support. We also had Rich Bailey and Olivia Lyons with “National Ski Patrol” over seeing the safety for all the kids and adults alike during the event. So grateful for their generous support.

JP Jantry and Brian Furrow from the Fresno Boardroom ready to judge the comp. Thanks for supporting, guys!

Special thanks to Tim Cohee, owner of China Peak for approving of the event working direct with Marissa on the concept!
Most of thanks to all the competitors, staff at China Peak, Parents and friends for supporting Marissa Hushaw’s 1st annual Grind Out Hunger Rail Jam at China Peak.

Hunger Fighter, Marissa Hushaw

“I don’t know where to begin. My weekend was amazing! I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect Rail Jam for grind Out Hunger. My goal was to have everyone leave happy and stoked for whats next. Mission Accomplished. found out there are a lot of hunger fighters out there who are willing to become a part of my army and help spread the word to the world! The music was amazing, My Friend Adam who’s a liftie and a HUGE sharks fan was the DJ, and he threw out some crazy beats. Everyone had a blast dancing around the Bus, and even chilling on top of the bus cheering on the competitors. It was great to see and feel all the support that was shared that day, and was glad to see everyone enjoying themselves and having a blast! Cant Wait for whats next. ;)”

-Marissa Hushaw


Austin Kurtze

After adding up total donations from the entire event Marissa Hushaw, China Peak, and all of the supporters raised 3,600 Meals for Grind Out Hunger.
China Peak has already invited us back for a second annual event. If you didn’t make it to this one, be on the lookout for next years!

Enjoy a video of the event and about Grind Out Hunger filmed and edited by Frank Cuella:
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