Reader Opinion: Proposing annual paddle event


About Paddle to the Moon……and back. I’d like to thank the many people involved in the second annual Paddle to the Moon event that was held in July this year. We had 100 people sign up for this event and many on a waiting list for any cancellations. In the end 98 of the people showed up. A big thank you goes out to all who paddled for suicide prevention! A debt of gratitude goes out to all our friends that helped put this together. First, to the volunteers on the ground and in the water that made this happen, thank you! These groups were essential to this event: USACE and staff especially Corrine Hodapp, Crow Wing County Sheriffs Department and Water Patrol, Chip Lohmiller and the Cross Lake Fire Dept, Jon Pribyl and the Whitefish Chain Yacht Club, Jessie and Rich Eide and the entire staff at Moonlite Bay Restaurant, Northern Lakes Embroidery, Wind, Water & Wheels and Crow Wing Kayaks. The recipients of this years benefit was Saving Hearts for Suicide Prevention. Ann Raph and Patty Fonda from this organization were crucial for putting this together. Since suicide unfortunately will always be an issue that affects everyone one I am proposing that this yearly paddle support Saving Hearts every year. I have asked a group of people to help me organize and advise this event into the future. The following people have accepted this challenge: Deb Dahlke, Jason Burslie, Jessie Eide, Corrine Hodapp, Jon Priybl, Ann Raph and Patty Fonda. Soon we will have a Facebook page and the ability to contact these people with your suggestions and questions.. Thanks to the entire Crosslake Community for your support as we look ahead to 2020.

Jim Bergquist


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