Coastal Kayak hosting Paddle for a Purpose on June 8

Coastal Kayak of Fenwick Island will host their fourth annual Paddle for a Purpose next month to benefit local charities. Paddle for a Purpose is a charitable giving program sponsored by Coastal Kayak owners Mitch and Jenifer Adams Mitchell. This year, every customer who comes in on Sunday, June 8, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., in lieu of rental payments, will be able to donate to their favorite among a list of three pre-selected charities.

“Each year we host our Paddle for a Purpose events so that customers will come out for some fun and help us raise money for great local causes,” said Jenifer Adams-Mitchell, owner of Coastal Kayak. “We believe in the work of these three terrific organizations, which are completely volunteer-driven, thereby keeping overhead very low, giving the charity lots of bang per buck. This year, in the spirit of friendly competition, we encourage our patrons to try something new, like paddleboarding, sailing or kayaking, and vacation for the afternoon with us!”

Contenders for the cash donation from Coastal Kayak are: the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation (MERR) Institute Inc., a non-profit stranding response and rehabilitation organization dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals and sea turtles (for more information about MERR, visit www.merrinstitute.org); the Horseshoe Crab Conservation Fund (ERDG), an endowment fund created by ERDG to support community-based horseshoe crab conservation initiatives (for more information, visit www.horseshoecrab.org); and the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF), which provides scholarships for local students and grants to local organizations and has contributed more than $500,000 in its 10-year history (for more information, visit www.qrcf.org).

In the last four years, Coastal Kayak has donated thousands of dollars to organizations including MERR, Horseshoe Crab Conservation Fund and QRCF, and others, such as the American Cancer Society, SMAC! Sock Monkeys Against Cancer, Rebecca Adams Green Foundation, Justin’s Beach House and the Worcester County Humane Society.

Most recently, in April, they hosted Paddle with your Pooch, a dog- (and other pet-) friendly day of paddling that raised more than $300 for the Worcester County (Md.) Humane Society.

Worcester County Humane Society board member Sandra Mitchell said, “We are so grateful for this kind of support from Coastal Kayak. Not only do the dollars donated further our mission, we are also provided with a forum to promote our charity to the public. For example, we were able to tell people about our new membership-driven organizational model. Soon, every Worcester County Humane Society donor will be an investor and stakeholder for our no-kill shelter. We are very excited to be a transparent organization and serve our rescued animals better. Partnerships with local for-profit companies, such as Coastal Kayak, help our organization and the animals we save tremendously.”

Registration is not required for the event, and the public is invited. For more information, visit www.coastalkayak.com, call (302) 539-7999, email info@coastalkayak.com or stop by 36840 Coastal Highway (Route 1), Fenwick Island, across from the Fenwick Island State Park bathhouse).