May 26, 2016, Owosso, MI - The Friends of the Shiawassee River have launched a fundraising raffle for a 13’ 5” Hurricane Sojourn 135 Kayak to informally kick off the paddling season. The kayak is from The Power of Water in Lansing and is valued at over $1,400. Funds generated by the raffle will be used by the Friends to host water quality monitoring stream teams, an annual river clean-up, paddling events, and other Friends’ efforts. Winners will be announced at the Friends’ annual wine-tasting event, to be held on Thursday, September 15th at the Owosso Country Club.
The raffle is being sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and tickets go on sale at the Owosso Farmers Market this Saturday and many other locations
"People are rediscovering the beauty of the Shiawassee River all the time, and if you haven't experienced it from a kayak or canoe, I hope you'll put it on your short list this summer," said Lauri Elbing, Executive Director of the Friends. "There is a very good reason why the Shiawassee River is #7 on a list of the Top 11 Water Trails in Michigan. Come see for yourself."
"It was the best five-bucks I ever spent!"Steve Eastman, 2015 Kayak Raffle Winner
The raffle is being sponsored by Fifth Third Bank – a supportive community member of the Friends on past events as well.
“The Friends are grateful to Fifth Third for their continued support and generous sponsorship of this raffle,” said Matt Van Epps, Friends’ Kayak Raffle Chairperson. “The Raffle is more than just a way for the Friends to raise a little money. Part of our mission is to promote the recreational use of the river. This raffle will enable the lucky winner to get out and enjoy the river we love so much.”
You can purchase Raffle tickets for $5 each from from any Friends’ Board member and at the following locations:
- Fifth Third Bank (Downtown Owosso branch)
- Gilbert’s Hardware and Appliance (Owosso)
- J & S Tire (Owosso)
- Johnny V’s Smokehouse (Corunna)
- Matador Pizza (Byron)
- Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce (Owosso)
- Shiawassee Arts Center (Owosso)
- The Power of Water (Lansing)
The kayak will be on display for much of the summer at Gilbert’s Hardware and Appliance, J & S Tire, and other sites around town, including the Downtown Owosso Farmers Market on May 28th, June 25th, July 23rd & August 27th and at the Moonlight Market on July 28th.
Raffle tickets may also be purchased at the Friends’ Wine Tasting event on September 15th. We look forward to seeing you there to toast our gorgeous Shiawassee River.