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Attendance explodes at helmet art show benefit

By Heidi Meili, Anchor, hmeili@keci.com
Published On: Apr 10 2014 12:57:33 PM MDT
Updated On: Apr 10 2014 09:38:43 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Organizers estimate upward of 400 people turned out tonight for Missoula's 2nd Annual Bicycle Helmet Art Show.

Missoula Bicycle Works at 709 S. Higgins Ave. hosted the show and silent auction.  It benefits the Tanner Olson Memorial Bike Park.

Live music featured 2013 Zoo Town music awards Blues artists, the Boxcutters.

The silent auction took place from from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and featured 20-plus local artists' work on donated Bell bicycle helmets. Click here to view some of the helmets featured at the event.

Kathy Jackson tells NBC Montana, "Tanner was killed in a car accident three years ago.  We decided to do something positive for the community in memory of Tanner."

Alex Gallego owns Missoula Bicycle Works and explains, "We were looking for an organization we could raise money for.  The Tanner Olson bicycle park seemed like the perfect organization and goal to shoot for."

The art show is a hit and has just one rule. "The only criteria is that you have to be able to put it on your head.  You don't really have to use it to bike with, but you have to be able to put it on and wear it," says Pat Scharfe of Missoula Bicucle Works.

Last year the auction was a big success. 

Jackson lost her 14-year-old son Tanner Olson in a car accident nearly three years ago. “Every single day he was never one of those kids I had to worry about sitting in front of a TV playing video games, he was on his bike or he was on his skis,” said Jackson.

Now she is determined to keep Tanner's legacy alive and bring to life his dream of having a local BMX park.

Supporters of the Tanner Olson Memorial BMX Park say they are close to their goal of raising $100,000 for the future park in Missoula.

For more info on the event click here.