MOUNT VERNON — Paddle for Heroes is hosting a fundraiser at Ariel-Foundation Park in Mount Vernon on April 28. The goal of this fundraiser is to raise approximately $30,000 for an ADA accessible kayak launch for the park. The launch will help those with disabilities, including seniors, children and others that have physical limitations get back in the water easily and safely.

The fundraiser will consist of a 1,500 yard kayak/canoe race and a Team River Runner Kayak Football Tournament starting at 10:30, followed by a benefit at 1 p.m. with live music from Adam Taylor, Kokosing River Surf Club and Six Miles to Nellie, craft beer and food trucks. The Ohio National Guard will be on hand with a HUMVEE and several guest speakers from various veterans organizations.

“We are very excited to be able to pull the community together to help those that would like to be able to kayak or canoe but because of physical limitations they are not able to,” said Steve Fleming, an organizer of Paddle for Heroes.

Paddle for Heroes is a small veteran’s organization that focuses on community involvement to help not only veterans but others in need. Members of Paddle for Heroes will be paddling 160 miles from Mount Vernon to Marietta to assist with the cause as well. They will start their paddle May 5. Those interested in the fundraiser or the Mount Vernon to Marietta paddle can find more information on the Paddle for Heroes Facebook page.

Tickets can be purchased for the event and will include giveaways, a kayak raffle, live entertainment and activities for the community to enjoy. Donations may be made to Foundation Park Conservancy, Attn: ADA Accessible Kayak Launch, P.O. Box 644, Mount Vernon, OH 43050 or you can call 216-832-9479 for more information.


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