Cardboard on Water? United Way Puts The Fun in Aug. 19 Fundraiser
Save the date — or get cracking on building now if you want to participate in the 15th annual Fox Valley United Way “What Floats Your Cardboard Boat” Race.
The event takes place Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, on Mastodon Lake in Phillips Park in Aurora, and it has become one of the highlights of the summer in Kane County.
Corporations, community organizations, families and individuals create uniquely designed and themed boats out of cardboard, and race them against one another. Any group or individual in the Fox Valley is welcome to build and enter a boat — and there is still plenty of time to do so.
The boat race is an entertaining, family-friendly, volunteer-run event that celebrates community and helps support the life-changing work of the 63 social service agencies that Fox Valley United Way supports in 23 communities in Kane and Kendall counties.
The race is a great way for a company or organization to advertise to hundreds in attendance, and to thousands post-event who watch the boat race video, receive the Fox Valley United Way e-newsletter, or read articles in the press.
Want to Build a Boat? It’s Easier Than You Think!
Fox Valley United Way and its partners have made it easy for anyone to create and race a cardboard boat. Here’s how:
- Check out the “Events” tab on foxvalleyunitedway.org and click on “2017 Cardboard Boat Race” and click on the blue button to register.
- On the same page, there is video tutorial about how to build a boat, as well as a video of last year’s race so boaters can see that the event is crazy and fun.
- Free cardboard is being provided this year by the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry. Sheets can be picked up on between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at 1110 Jericho Road.
- Deadline for entry is Monday, Aug. 14, so groups can gather the cardboard and their ideas and get started building.
Details for the day of the event:
- Boater check-in takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and volunteers will help transport the boats from the parking lot to the lake.
- Boats are on display for public viewing and inspection by judges for Team Spirit and Judge’s Choice Awards starting at 9 a.m.
- A captain/crew safety briefing takes place at 9:45 a.m.
- Activities begin at 10 a.m.
- First race starts at 10:30 a.m.
- First, second and third place trophies are awarded in each of six divisions: adult, business, non-profit, partner agency, mechanical and community.
- A special trophy is presented for the “Most Spectacular Sinking.”
Anyone who is interested in entering a boat, but has additional questions, can call Deborah Rudel, Director of Operations at 630-896-4636, Ext. 102.
SOURCE: Fox Valley United Way news release
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