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Paddle Second Chance events set June 23-24 to benefit wounded veterans

A fisheye view of over 130 paddlers awaiting the start of the Paddle Second Chance race at Holts Landing State Park. DAN COOK PHOTO
June 18, 2017

Paddle Second Chance events are set Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24 to raise funds for Operation Second Chance, a nonprofit organization that serves wounded veterans and their families as they recover and transition back to active duty or civilian life.

In the last five years, the paddle and kayak fundraiser has raised over $100,000 for the nonprofit, and organizers are hoping to raise $40,000 this year. Over 90 percent of funds raised have impacted countless veterans' lives in a meaningful way, including over 30 families on the Delmarva Peninsula.

"Early indication is this will be our biggest event yet with a lot of local support from paddlers and donors compelled to make a difference in wounded veterans’ lives," says Chair Walt Ellenberger.

Registration, packet pickup and a happy hour will take place from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, June 23, at The Starboard in Dewey Beach. The race-day events will begin at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, June 24, at Holts Landing State Park in Millville. The day will wrap up with an awards ceremony and community picnic for all those in attendance.

For more information and to register, go to www.paddlesecondchance.com.