A fundraiser was held at Pharmacy Boardshop in Wrightwood on September 18 to raise money to memorialize Dillon Adams, a local teenager that lost his life in a car accident. The fundraiser aimed to secure funds to place a plaque at the skate park in Wrightwood and dedicate it to Adams and the local youth.
Adams was an avid skater that frequented the park, says Christina Ching. “I have so many memories of him since he was born. I mean, he was my nephew. He just loved everybody and cared about his community.” Among his favorite things to do, she recalls, were snowboarding and skateboarding.
In the front of the board shop, adults gathered to talk and catch up with friends and acquaintances. Vendors in attendance were Canelas Tacos, Ohana Smoothies, and Slithers and Crawlers.
In the back of the shop, a skateboarding competition was taking place. Kids and teenagers were gathered there where a wooden half-pipe for skateboarding was located while a DJ played music. Every few minutes, someone fell off their board while performing a trick. When an impressive maneuver was performed, spectators clapped in approval.
Sharon Mclain is a 75-year-old woman and an aunt of Adams. She was the oldest person watching the youth skateboard behind the shop and was seated next to the DJ. She says watching the kids skate is a beautiful way to remember her nephew.
Dillon Adams was born on November 26, 1998, and passed on March 25, 2016. He was 17 years old.