EVENTS & PROMOTIONS;SPONSOR QUEST;PRO SKATEBOARDERS ROLL INTO L.A. IN OCT.

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Transworld Skateboarding is scoping out sponsors for its second annual World Championship of Skateboarding '96 to be held Oct. 5 and 6 at the Hollywood Hard Rock Cafe at Universal Citywalk, Los Angeles. More than 80,000 spectators are expected to see 30 top pro skateboarders compete, with national TV coverage. Included: in-program and on-site presence. Cost: $25,000 to $60,000 (presenting). On board: Hard Rock America and Vans. Contact: (619) 722-7777, ext. 118.

The 1996 Molson Ice Rollerdrome National Inline Hockey Tour is rounding up sponsors for its nationwide team program running from July through December. Included: dasher board presence plus on-site product promotion and entertainment. Cost: $10,000 to $70,000. On board: Molson Breweries USA, Brown-Forman Corp.'s Jack Daniel's and Hockey Player. Earth Inline Hockey USA, Miami Beach, Fla., coordinates. Contact: (800) 511-1100.

Howl-O-Ween at Opryland Themepark, Nashville, Tenn., is looking to scare up sponsors for its eighth annual event in October. Included: access to more than 175,000 visitors to family-targeted entertainment and attractions with product sampling and promotion opportunities. Cost: $15,000 to $50,000 (title). Gaylord Entertainment coordinates. Contact: (615) 316-6136.

Financial Power '96, Chicago, is accruing sponsors for its first annual multicultural financial services expo planned for Sept. 28 and 29, expected to attract 25,000 minority adults. Featuring education, promotion and demonstration of investments and financial planning, sponsorship includes on-site presence and product promotion. Cost: $10,000 to $25,000. Coca-Cola Co. and Visa International are expected to participate. Impressionable Images coordinates. Contact: (312) 487-1747.

Star Wars: Men Behind the Masks is searching for sponsors for its yearlong, 40-city U.S. entertainment tour starting this December featuring live characters based on LucasFilm's "Star Wars" trilogy. Marking the 20th anniversary of the original film, tour sponsorship involves integrated media tie-ins and on-site program participation. Cost: $35,000 to $200,000 (title). George Koster & Associates, Venice, Calif., coordinates. Contact: (310) 450-9036.

Kate Fitzgerald coordinates Events & Promotions. Reach us by fax at (312) 649-5331 or e-mail address K8FITZ@aol.com.

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