In keeping with their mission and history of community service and philanthropy, the folks at Mill Falls at the Lake will be teaming up to help make wishes come true for children with life-threatening conditions. 21 Mill Falls associates have accepted the challenge of crewing a life raft for 44 hours, and are well on their way to reaching their fundraising goal for this event, happening for the first time on Lake Winnipesaukee this year.
“Rafting for Wishes” will take place July 31st – August 2nd, 2013 in Meredith Bay, right near Town Docks and the Inn at Bay Point, where 10 teams will compete for prizes and bragging rights—for themselves as well as their Wish Buddies. Each team, including Mill Falls and The Common Man Family, will have at least one team member on the raft at all times during the 44-Hour Endurance Challenge. Each team is also aiming to raise a minimum of $100 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation for every hour that they on the water.
In years past, Jason Tremblay and Jason Perry from Make-A-Wish® New Hampshire stranded themselves for 36 hours on both the Merrimack and Piscataqua rivers to raise funds and create awareness for the cause. This year, in search of a more permanent home and wanting to cast a wider net, the organization chose beautiful Meredith Bay for the event, expanded the length of the challenge to 44 hours, and is allowing others to form teams of 15 or more to participate relay-style. They’ve also added activities for the teams, both in the water and on-shore.
Awards will be given to teams, as well as prizes to their respective Wish Buddies, in the following categories: Most Funds Raised, King of the Raft, and Judges Award. Every hour a challenge will be issued to the rafters, and the team that wins the most challenges will be crowned King of the Raft. For the Judges Award, special recognition will be given to the team that exudes that special something (Spirit, Theme, Overwhelming Awesomeness etc.).
The Mill Falls is teaming up with Trevor Palmer as their Wish Buddy. Trevor’s wish was to go to Florida and see his great-gram, aunt, uncle, and cousins. Through Make-A-Wish Foundation’s efforts, not only was Trevor granted his wish to visit these long-distance family members, he was also able to go to his favorite theme parks in Florida. “Trevor finally had a week without having to be in the hospital or having to see any doctors,” says Trevor’s dad, Jon. “The entire experience was amazing, we cannot begin to tell you how Make-A-Wish changed our lives. Moving forward our goal is to volunteer at other events like this to help raise money so that all of the other children are able to have their heartfelt wish granted, just like Trevor did.”
Make-A-Wish New Hampshire granted approximately 80 wishes in 2012, and this year has over 44 wish-children waiting their turn, with about 112 wishes to be granted.
Come to Meredith anytime during the 3-day event to support your favorite teams, cheer on the King of the Raft Competitions, and enjoy the movie and live band performances. Isabella’s Lemonade Stand will be in town, and as part of Eat-A-Dish for Make-A-Wish, several local restaurants are designating special items from their menus that will generate proceeds for the organization. Visitors can help kids while eating great food!
Most importantly, please help by contributing any amount you can—no donation is too small. Every dollar raised can help Make-A-Wish kids renew their courage and find a turning point in their lives. For more information, please visit newhampshire.wish.org. To support Team Mill Falls, just click here, choose your favorite team member, and make your donation.
Many thanks from Trevor, Make-A-Wish, and everyone at Mill Falls!
The Mill Falls Blogging Team