CUTTINGSVILLE — The Spring Lake Ranch Therapeutic Community, a center offering treatment for adults with mental illness and substance-abuse issues, is set to host its first-ever Paddle Battle fundraiser event at 11 a.m. Sunday at Ludlow’s Plymouth State Park.
The event will feature a 5K canoe and kayak race on Lake Echo with all proceeds going toward the Sarcka Scholarship, to help those in need of Spring Lake therapy who can’t afford it.
“We wanted an event and race that stands out,” said Heather Brown, director of development for Spring Lake. “The race will be great because its just for fun, nothing cut-throat,” Brown said.
Brown wanted to stage an outdoor event in connection with the rural nature of the ranch itself. Spring Lake sits on about 600 acres of land, a setting that encourages adventurous outdoor activities, Brown said.
Hosting public fundraisers for the camp is new territory, Brown said, but they’re looking for a fun way to incorporate Spring Lake residents into the community.
“Not only is it a way to raise money for someone who needs financial help,” Brown said. “But it’s a way to take the mystery out of Spring Lake.”
Racers are encouraged to bring their own kayaks or canoes, but there will be boats provided for those without. Registration fee for the race is $25 per person and a $35 fee will cover the cookout and live music after the race.
There will be a silent auction with much of the items to be bid upon made by residents of the ranch. Residents spend time making apple cider, maple syrup and craft goods in the wood shop. All of these items and more, including gift cards to local restaurants, will be up for auction.
Brown said she hopes the event will become a yearly tradition.
“We are all looking forward to celebrating the ranch together with the greater community,” said Lynn Pilcher, newly appointed executive director.
“It’s an event that everyone can be a part of regardless of age or ability and one that we hope folks will look forward to for many years to come.”
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