22nd annual Paddle for Betterment

News release

ALEXANDRIA NAY —  If you love adventures in the great outdoors, enjoy giving back to the community, desire to create and nurture great friendships and dream of living the best life possible along the St. Lawrence River, then join the fun in “Paddlers Paradise” this summer!

On Saturday, July 22, participants of all ages and skill levels are invited to experience the “Beauty of Betterment” in the Heart of the 1000 Islands at the 22nd Annual Paddle for Betterment. People will do this for two reasons: 1) as an opportunity to have a great time in the outdoors with like-minded, fun and amazing people, and 2) to be part of a solution: to create an immediate, positive impact in the community.   Hosted by Alexandria Bay’s Chapter of the Foundation for Community Betterment all proceeds benefit local organizations, community projects and individuals in need.

 Erica Garlock, member of the organizing team said, “There is a serenity and camaraderie that exists when you’re with a group of people out on the water. It is beautiful to see and very special to be a part of. Our community is extremely proud to host this exciting event, which allows residents and visitors from around the world to experience the natural beauty of our region. All while creating a ripple effect of kindness that allows us all to have a direct and meaningful impact in the lives of others.”

Beginning promptly at 9 a.m. (rain or shine at Alexandria Bay’s Village Beach) paddlers from near and far will climb into beautiful wooden and plastic vessels to venture out into Alexandria Bay. Participants will enjoy a short 3.5 mile voyage through a picturesque riverside course in “paddlers’ paradise.” Paddlers travel along Alexandria Bay’s stunning shoreline in kayaks, canoes, skiffs or stand-up paddle boards to collect cards to be played in their poker hand. Incredible grand prizes are awarded to adults and youth with the best hands for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place.

All paddlers are eligible to win amazing door prizes from local businesses! An awards ceremony complete with recipient acknowledgements, raffles and breakfast immediately follows at Scenic View Park Pavilion.

Shannon Tower, a paddler from Maryland said, “This event is A MUST DO!! We had a blast! Such fun with so many friendly people. River life is the best!”

Online Pre-registration is highly encouraged by July 20th at www.CommunityBetterment.org/AlexandriaBay. Registration is open on event day as well for $50 (Adults—18+) and $30 (Youth—17 and under).  Single and double seated kayak rentals are available locally through suggested locations listed online.

About Foundation for Community Betterment:

The Foundation for Community Betterment is a network of generous individuals who believe a simple gesture that touches just one life can positively impact an entire community. As our logo symbolizes, our hope is that our simple actions can create a ripple effect of goodness through the actions of the recipients we support.  We are a social network with a social conscious, so we work to create unique opportunities for our network to have fun while giving back to our local community.