Saturday on the Pigeon River 19 women gathered in the sunshine to celebrate Shannon’s memory. With paddle games, surf stops, stern squirts and splashes, we whisked around the water way. Dropping down eddy by eddy, surf stop by surf stop, everyone had a buddy to cheer and congratulate as after each surf, squirt, ender or roll, ladies came up smiling.
A huge Thank you to Dave Crawford and Rapid Expeditions for donating time to run our shuttle on a busy weekend morning! Arriving back at our cars, we found a pocket of shade for our raffle. Ladies walked away with some sweet swag this week including a Patagonia handbag and hat, Dagger shirt, Kokatat top, Werner hats and a $150 Girls at Play gift certificate!
Everyone also was able to purchase tickets for the big end of the season raffle. There are some serious prizes: a Dagger kayak of choice, Werner paddle, Kokatat Drysuit, a trip to Ecuador with Anna Levesque and Juliet Kastorff, a Jennifer Whitlock Glasswork piece, a Becca Day Stain-glass piece and more! Winners will be drawn and prizes claimed at the last event of the series on October 1st with a finale celebration at Endless River Adventures.
On Saturday raffle tickets purchased raised over $400 for the Shannon Christy Memorial Fund!! Thank you ladies! We appreciate all of your contributions as we get closer and closer to our goal of raising $10,000 for the Fund this year! This amount will allow the fund to gain longevity via the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. These funds will be used to support women’s empowerment charities throughout the nation. We greatly appreciate you coming out to share your time, energy and community to help make this happen in memory of Shannon.
Another way to help support the Shannon Christy Memorial fund is through the purchase of the 2016 Girls At Play T-shirt. These are available sizes S-XL at all of the Ladies Southeast Paddling series events, but if you can’t make it, you can also order one online off our webstore. $5 from each t-shirt sale goes directly to the Shannon Christy Memorial Fund.
If you’d like to make a tax deductible contribution through mail or online, please send checks made out to the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina with ‘Shannon Christy Memorial Fund’ written in the memo to:
4 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Suite 300
Asheville, NC 28803
You can also Donate online – Please indicate Shannon Christy Memorial Fund Under “OR Is your gift for a fund not listed above?”
There are still 3 more events in the series!
Please come join us for the next one Saturday July 30th on the Lower Green!
For a listing of all events, please visit our main website for the Ladies Southeast Paddling Series!