PINE KNOLL SHORES — Registration is open for the 15th annual Kayak for the Warriors hosted by the town in May.
The three-day event features a gala and silent and live auction, golf tournament and 3.2-mile kayak and paddle board race, and barbecue lunch benefiting Hope For The Warriors.
The Warrior Gala and Auctions kick off this year’s series of events 6-11 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Atlantic Beach Double Tree Inn. The $75 per person ticket price includes two drink tickets, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and music by Bryan Mayer and the I-42 Band. The silent auction begins online May 7 and closes out at the gala, but everyone can continue bidding up until the close. Peruse the items online.
On Friday, May 20, the third annual Kayak for the Warriors Golf Tournament kicks off at 8:30 a.m. at the Country Club of the Crystal Coast. The shotgun start tournament is $85 per player and includes 18 holes of golf, cart and lunch. Prizes will be awarded for first- and second-place teams, the longest drive and closest to the pin. Hole-in-one prizes are to be awarded by Hyundai of New Bern. Also, players can purchase mulligans. Registration for the golf event closes May 15.
On Saturday, June 4, the signature kayak and paddleboard race begins at 10 a.m. The 3.2-mile race starts at Garner Park and moves through Bogue Sound and the Pine Knoll Shores canals. Registration is $50 for a single kayak and $100 for a tandem. Both include a T-shirt and lunch. Loaner kayaks are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and need to be reserved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Warrior Trophy is awarded to the paddler or team who brings in the most donations.
For those preferring to stay on land while supporting local veterans, military members and families, lunch is available for $10 per person or $15 per family.
Tickets for the Wine & Dine Basket, containing over $1,000 of restaurant certificates and wine, are available for $10. The drawing will be held at the kayak/paddleboard race June 4, but you do not need to be in attendance to win. For information and to purchase tickets, contact email@example.com.
“We are excited to be bringing back our Warrior Gala and auctions after a two-year hiatus.” said Jean McDanal, Kayak for the Warriors event organizer. “It should be a fun evening with great food, a great band, and lovely items on which to bid. Once again, our volunteers have been undaunted in their efforts to put our three events together. We are so incredibly grateful to the generosity of our supporters. Without these two groups of people, none of this would happen.”
“As Hope For The Warriors celebrates its 15th year of serving military families, so does Kayak for the Warriors,” said Robin Kelleher, cofounder and president of the nonprofit organization. “The Town of Pine Knoll Shores and its dedicated volunteers have all been with us since the very beginning.”
Since 2008, Kayak for the Warriors has raised more than $700,000 benefiting Hope For The Warriors and its programs.
Founded aboard Camp Lejeune, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit that assists veterans, service members and military families with a variety of programs including health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition services.