Funds from the event, to be held at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park on Oct. 25, will help Burns travel and train around the country and world, as he gets ready for the upcoming season in his quest to move up in the world and U.S rankings and get another step closer to his Olympic aspirations.
The community is coming together for a fundraiser on Oct. 25 to help local professional alpine snowboarder Robby Burns in his quest to earn a berth on the 2022 U.S. Olympic Snowboard team and compete in Beijing, China.
Funds from the event, to be held at the Mt. Shasta Ski Park, will help Burns travel and train around the country and world, as he gets ready for the upcoming season in his quest to move up in the world and U.S rankings and get another step closer to his Olympic aspirations.
Burns, 28, was raised in Mount Shasta, graduated from MSHS, and still lives a portion of the year in town. He said he is grateful for the support he has received.
“It means a lot to have such wonderful support from my hometown,” Burns said. “I’ve just been taken aback by the overflowing of support from the community in helping continue my dream.”
The fundraiser begins at 5 p.m. There will be a prime rib dinner, drinks, and live music by Mount Shasta area band Secret Society Handshake. There will also be a live, silent and desert auction.
Tickets are $100 per couple, and $60 per person, which includes dinner, drink and live music. Tickets can be purchased at www.robbyburnssnowboarding.com, or Say Cheese Pizza, located at 304 Maple Street in Mount Shasta. Those interested can also call (530) 925-5431 for more information.
In lieu of attendance, donations to support Robby’s upcoming season can also be made at www.robbyburnssnowboarding.com.
“Here is your chance to support a local boy with his Olympic aspiration,” a post on the Secret Society Handshake’s Facebook page said. “Let’s show what this community can do! Come out and support Robby Burns in his quest to represent our country and community in the winter Olympics. You can do it Robby!”
Sponsors for the event include Say Cheese Pizza and the Mt. Shasta Ski Park.
Items being donated for the auction, Burns said, include:
• One Week Stay on the beach in Hawaii
• $1,500 in Toyo Tires
• A weekend houseboat adventure on Shasta Lake
• A weekend in wine country at “The Hideaway” in Somerset, Calif.
• A weekend in wine country at “The Hidden Garden” in Plymouth, Calif.
• A dump truck full of firewood from Accord Logging.
For the past several months, Burns has worked for the Shasta-Trinity National Forest Offices in McCloud. In previous summers, he has worked as a wildland firefighter as a way to earn funds to compete and train. He also has worked during winters as a night security guard in Steamboat Springs, Colo., which is his home for training in the winter.
In November, Burns will begin a stint as an Athletic Consultant for “The G Team” snowboard team based in Minnesota. Burns said this is a great opportunity to help coach and mentor other snowboarders. He will also be competing in events.
Burns performed well last season, with his best finishes in five years as a pro snowboarder. In April, he placed first in both the giant slalom and slalom events at the USASA National Snowboard Championships at Copper Mountain Resort in Colorado. He was 15th at the 2019 FIS Alpine World Championships in February in Park City Mountain, Utah.
Burns was a candidate for the 2018 U.S Snowboard team, but did not earn one of the two spots that were open for male alpine snowboarders.
Burns believes that his hard work is paying off and that his dreams of competing in the Olympics will become a reality in 2022.
“I am motivated and believe in myself,” he said. “I want to work as hard as I can and make it happen.”