Coastal Kayak of Fenwick Island will host the fourth annual Paddle for a Purpose, an event to benefit a local charity. Paddle for a Purpose is a charitable giving program sponsored by Coastal Kayak’s owners Mitch and Jenifer Adams-Mitchell. This year, every customer who comes in between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sunday, June 8, will be able to donate to their favorite charity from a list of three selected charities in lieu of rental payments.
“Each year we host our Paddle for a Purpose event so that customers will come out for some fun and help us raise money for great local causes,” said Jenifer Adams-Mitchell. “We believe in the work of these three terrific organizations, which are completely volunteer-driven, thereby keeping overhead very low, giving the charity lots of bang per buck. This year, in the spirit of friendly competition, we encourage our patrons to try something new, like paddle boarding, sailing or kayaking, and vacation for the afternoon with us!”
Contenders for the cash donation from Coastal Kayak include Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute Inc. MERR is a nonprofit stranding response and rehabilitation organization dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals and sea turtles. Visit www.merrinstitute.org.
Another beneficiary is the Horseshoe Crab Conservation Fund, an endowment fund created by Ecological Research and Development Group to support community-based horseshoe crab conservation initiatives. For information on this organization, go to www.horseshoecrab.org.
Also benefiting is the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation. The QRCF provides scholarships for local students and grants to local organizations, and has contributed more than $500,000 in its 10-year history. For more information, go to www.qrcf.org.
In the last four years, Coastal Kayak has donated thousands of dollars to organizations including the ones listed above, and others such as the American Cancer Society, SMAC! Sock Monkeys Against Cancer, Rebecca Adams Green Foundation, Justin’s Beach House and the Worcester County Humane Society. Most recently, in April, they hosted Paddle with your Pooch, a dog- and other pet-friendly day of paddling which raised more than $300 for the Worcester County Humane Society.
Registration is not required for all events, and the public is invited. For more information, visit www.coastalkayak.com, call 302-539-7999, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by 36840 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, across from the Fenwick Island State Park bathhouse.