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The Great Ponte Vedra Paddle
Participant Photo 2015
Mickler's Landing ~ Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
The Great Ponte Vedra Paddle Raises Thousands for Autism
Hundreds of competitors, volunteers, and spectators flooded the beach at Mickler’s Landing for The Great Ponte Vedra Paddle Benefiting HEAL. Dana Current, the event creator, along with 20 “Founding Members” executed the 4th annual event, touted as the largest Stand Up Paddle Board event on Florida’s East Coast.
The Great PV Paddle attracts pros, amateurs, and beginners who have taken up this popular water sport. Almost 200 paddlers competed in 4 events; 5 mile race, 3 mile race, 1 mile sprint and “Anything that Floats” challenge. Mostly locals participated in the event, but many came from out of town, including one couple from St Croix, to compete. Click here to see the race results
"I am in awe of the turnout. Our community comes alive each year on Labor Day to show support for a great organization and we have fun doing it. Thanks to all the fabulous volunteers who put the time in to make this a great family fun event! I can see this event getting bigger and bigger every year. Already looking forward to 2016!" said Dana Current, founder and HEAL Board member.
to see the Jacksonville Times Union Photos, and here
for Times Union Story.
to see Mick Shea’s photos of the event.
Benefit Autism Camps like the HEAL-Surf Camp ~ “Max” Blind and with Autism is
Receiving Assistance from Volunteer Extraordinaire Joe Matacia
Over $40,000 was raised for the HEAL Foundation. Funds will go towards Autism ESE classrooms, iPads, programs, camps and seminars across Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. Click here to see a list of programs and events that HEAL has funded in Northeast Florida just this year. Click here to see a list of our event sponsors (take to back of t-shirt / on Great PV Paddle Page)
“The real winners of the event are those with Autism who will reap the benefits of the proceeds raised” said Leslie Weed Co-Founder of HEAL and mother Lanier, daughter with Autism.
Make plans to join us for the 5th Annual Ponte Vedra Paddle on
Monday, September 5th at Mickler’s Landing!