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Third ‘Pink Paddle’ fundraiser will take riders on creek tour

NATHAN BRUNET ¦ Bayside Gazette

(Sept. 28, 2012) In support of breast cancer awareness, Ayers Creek Adventures in Berlin will hold its third annual Pink Paddle fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 29.

“I use the event as an opportunity to remind all women, and men, to practice preventative measures by leading a healthy lifestyle and to ensure they are regularly screened,” said Suzy Taylor, who owns Ayers Creek Adventures with her husband, Steven.

Those who wish to participate in a day of creek paddling, games and music must make a donation. All proceeds will be split between nonprofit breast cancer organizations Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Women Supporting Women.

Cost is $50 for a single kayak and $80 for two-person kayaks and canoes. Participants who use their own vessel are asked to make a $40 donation.

All kayaks and canoes must be registered with Ayers Creek Adventures before the morning paddle by calling 443-513- 0889 or e-mailing info@ayerscreekadventures.com.

Paddlers may also register on site Saturday from 8:30-9:30 a.m. The Pink Paddle will the proceed through the marshes of Ayers Creek.

Staring at 11:30 a.m., the Post Paddle Party will feature food donated by Baked Dessert Cafe and J&J’s Pizzeria, music from local musician Troy Mawyer and contests until the day’s end at 2 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their most unique pink outfit, as a “Pretty in Pink” prize will be awarded.

A prize will also be awarded to the winner of the great cancer trivia competition and to the top philanthropist.

A pink kayak will be raffled off that day. Tickets cost $5 and are available at Ayers Creek Adventures, Baked Dessert Cafe on Bay Street, Bruder Hill on Commerce Street and Women Supporting Women on Old Ocean City Boulevard.

The ticket holder does not need to be present at the drawing to win.

All Pink Paddle participants will receive a goodie bag of other gifts donated from local businesses and a Pink Paddle T-shirt.

If anyone wishes to skip the morning paddle, but attend the post paddle party, a $15 donation is required for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12. Children younger than 5 years old are admitted free.

Participants in the morning paddle purchase admission to the after-party through their canoe or kayak donation.

Even when the event is over, $10 per hour kayak and canoe rentals will be added to the day’s donations.

Ayers Creek Adventures will also accept donations throughout October, the month recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“My mother went through therapy for three years and set an example of strength and love that I have carried throughout my life,” said Taylor, who also lost her aunt to the disease.

For more information on Pink Paddle, visit www.ayerscreekadventures.com.

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