by Joe Collins
It is a great thing when good times help good causes. Over the last several years, Raft-O-Rama, Clark Lake’s premier annual event, has generated not only the funds necessary to sustain itself, but also a little extra. This is a result of sales of luminaries, merchandise, raffle tickets, and the many generous donations that are received year after year. In recent years following the event, Raft-O-Rama has donated funds to the Spirit Trail, the Clark Lake Community Center, the Garden Angels and others. In addition to making donations to those very deserving organizations, this year the Committee went a little farther afield in response to a serious problem.
Andy’s Angels is a foundation established by Mike Hirst and his family following the tragic death of his son from a drug overdose. The Raft-O-Rama Committee, on behalf of all the citizens of the Clark Lake, presented a $1,000 donation to the Andy’s Angels Foundation. Andy’s Angels assists those with addictions to heroin and other opiates in getting into treatment, finding housing and jobs, and hopefully getting on the road to recovery.
In presenting the check to Mike Hirst, John Karkheck said, “As a long-term member and Co-Chair of the Clark Lake Raft-O-Rama committee, I wanted to express our love and admiration for what you and your Foundation do to help people suffering from this frightening epidemic. This check on behalf of R-O-R represents the whole community of Clark Lake, since all the funds raised in the community are annually dispensed back to our community; there are no funds for personal gain. I am very proud to present to you the largest check of many for this year’s charitable giving, and certainly the most worthwhile. God Bless you for what you and Andy’s Angels do! Please continue the good work to take care of us all.”
The Raft-O-Rama Committee is extremely proud to assist Andy’s Angels in this worthwhile endeavor and grateful for the support of the Clark Lake community to give us the means to do so.
Note: Donations to Raft-O-Rama are tax advantaged when made thru Clark Lake Spirit Foundation, a 501c3.