Twenty-two kayakers participated in the 4th Annual Kayak for a Cause on Walloon Lake event on July 21st and 22nd, 2012 raising much needed scholarship dollars for students to participate in programs at the Camp Daggett Adventure Center (CDAC). The annual event continues to grow each year since Karen Marietti, Director of CDAC, made the two day paddle solo four years ago.
15 kayakers paddled the entire 30 miles of Walloon Lake shoreline while 7 kayakers completed their journey after 15 miles. "My husband and I had a blast kayaking. We met such wonderful people and the lake was amazing, despite the headwinds. We can't wait until next year", said Robin Ruzicska and Dan Gabbert from Harrison Township.
The team was supported by pledges, sponsors and the 40 Walloon Lake residents who purchased and displayed the Kayak for a Cause on Walloon Lake dock flags, helping to raise over $7,000.
Thank you to our Sponsors!
Platinum Paddle Sponsor Bear Cove Marina on Walloon Lake
Gold Paddle Sponsors The Outfitter of Harbor Springs
Walloon Lake Association/Walloon Trust & Conservancy
Silver Paddle Sponsors Burt Lake Marina
Bearcub OUtfitter of Petoskey and Columbia Sportswear
Personal Graphics of Petoskey
Bronze Paddle Sponsors Bahnhof Sports of Petoskey
Edgewater Design Group of Petoskey
Ryde Marine of Alanson
Every great team needs a great crew. We want to thank the following folks for their help:
No Boundaries for donating a paddle.
Camp Michigania for a Saturday morning treat
Mark and Laurie McMurray for hosting Saturday dinner
Mark Tarquini and Margaret Bowers for the "We Did It Party" for the kayakers
Elmer Kochans for parking cars
Kitty Makinen-Janowiak for chocolate treats
Walloon Lake Village Store and Deli for Sunday lunch
Bill and Jane Stone for the use of their property
Hills of Walloon for use of their launchsite and picnic area
Jerry Hepner and Nelson Greenier for being our water crew
William Riordan and Randy Goss for taking pictures
Most of all we want to recognize our kayakers who participated in the 2012 event. Here is the 2012 Kayaking Team:
Amy Battoclette Mary Ling
John Birchfield Karen Marietti
Margaret Bowers Cindy McSurely
Julie Clark Jill O'Neill
Jim Ford Emilea Rajkovich
Laurie Ford Becky Riley
Daniel Gabbert Jeff Riley
Karie Jeisel Joyce Riordan
Amanda Karsten William Riordan
Meagan Krzywosinski Robin Ruzicaka
Betsy Lieberman Tammy Wylie