Paddling for a Cause awards local DAV $5,846

­Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter #63 Commander John Plahovinsak (right) addresses the audience, as Chapter Adjutant Douglas Fike (left) and Paddling with a Cause Project Director Angie Williams holds a check for $5,846.00, which is being donated to the Clermont County-based Chapter. Commander Plahovinsak vowed that all the funds donated to the DAV Chapter will be utilized for veterans’ services and he will provide a detailed accounting to the Paddling with a Cause Program on how the donated funds were spent. “Chapter #63 believes in supporting our disabled veterans and also being completely transparent in any received donations,” said Plahovinsak.
­Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter #63 Commander John Plahovinsak (right) addresses the audience, as Chapter Adjutant Douglas Fike (left) and Paddling with a Cause Project Director Angie Williams holds a check for $5,846.00, which is being donated to the Clermont County-based Chapter. Commander Plahovinsak vowed that all the funds donated to the DAV Chapter will be utilized for veterans’ services and he will provide a detailed accounting to the Paddling with a Cause Program on how the donated funds were spent. “Chapter #63 believes in supporting our disabled veterans and also being completely transparent in any received donations,” said Plahovinsak.

They were selected based on effective services

Over forty people attended a formal check presentation by the Paddling for a Cause Program to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter #63 (Clermont County) at the Cardboard Kayak Museum in New Richmond, on October 14, 2017. The check was a donation of $5,846.00, which were all the proceeds from the 3rd Annual Paddling for a Cause event.

The Paddling for a Cause event was held on September 16, 2017, and is an annual kayak event in which paddlers traveled up to 22 miles down the Ohio River, starting at Utopia, Ohio. Each year, the Program selects a worthy organization to be the recipient of the proceeds, and this year DAV Chapter #63 (Clermont County) was selected to be the recipient.

“DAV Chapter #63 was selected this year, based on their effectiveness in delivering services to disabled veterans,” said Ms. Angie Williams, Program Manager. “Copies of their Annual Reports indicating what they accomplished in providing direct services to veterans were reviewed and they were selected.”

“The 3rd Annual Paddling for a Cause Program received donations from many individuals and organizations in Clermont County,” explained Ms. Williams, “and this yielded the $5,846.00 amount, which was the largest amount raised in previous events.”

Clermont County Commissioner David L. Painter spoke at the event and cited the veterans’ duty and dedication to the country. “The 76 DAV chapters throughout the State of Ohio, such as Chapter #63, provide needed services to our disabled veterans,” noted Commissioner Painter.

DAV Chapter #63 Commander John Plahovinsak accepted the donation on behalf of disabled veterans throughout Clermont County. “Chapter #63 believes in complete transparency for any funds donated to our organization,” explained Commander Plahovinsak.

“Each year our Chapter provides an Annual Report listing what services we provided to disabled veterans and also what funds were received and, more importantly, how the funds were used to benefit disabled veterans,” noted Plahovinsak, “and I pledged the Paddling for a Cause Program will receive a detailed listing of how every single penny of the donation will be utilized for services to veterans.”

The Cardboard Kayak Museum, located at 311 Front Street in New Richmond, was selected as the location for the check presentation since several of the kayaks used in the Paddling for a Cause Program were completely made from cardboard. Visitors are always welcome at this museum, to see the artistically designed and decorated kayaks.

Chapter #63 Adjutant Doug Fike was selected for a Special Award at the presentation. He completed the course down the Ohio River and this was only the second time that he paddled a kayak.

His award was a gray bouy painted with the DAV logo on it and the date of his journey.

Clermont County Commissioner David Painter (left) commends Project Director Angie Williams and all other Paddling with a Cause participants for their efforts in raising $5,846.00 for the kayaking event on the Ohio River held on September 16, 2017. The proceeds of the paddling event will be donated to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter #63 (Clermont County) for them to continue their mission of serving disabled veterans. Commissioner Painter was one of forty people who attended the check presentation at the Cardboard Kayak Museum on October 14, 2017.