contributed....Karol Knapp of Warrens

 

contributed…..Team Tomah is hosting a “Poker Paddle onLakeTomah” on May 31 and June 1 to raise funds to support important breast cancer initiatives.

“We were looking for a fresh idea to raise money for a great cause and to combine it with one of our favorite activities. Many of the women involved in Team Tomah enjoy kayaking. So instead of a poker run where participants travel from bar to bar via road or snowmobile, we decided we would invite people to go by water,” said Team Tomah member Sara Moseley.

The event at Tomah’sWinnebagoParkwill host a number of floating theme-based stations. Participants are encouraged to go from station to station by kayak, canoe, paddleboat or any other non-motorized watercraft and pick up a playing card at each stop.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own watercraft. Kayaks, paddleboats and canoes will be available for use for those people do not have their own.

A $10 donation for each poker hand is being requested. Prizes will be awarded to the best poker hands, best-dressed “pink” participant and best-decorated watercraft.

The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 31, and from 7 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 1. In addition to the water activities, there will be brats available on Friday night, and pancakes on Saturday morning.

“Even if you’re not a water enthusiast, we invite you to come down for some food and enjoy the other amenities atWinnebagoPark,” Moseley said.

All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.

“We have supported the Dr. Love Foundation with other fundraisers,” said Carol Duncan, another Team Tomah member. “What is unique about this organization is they are researching to find the causes of breast cancer and working to prevent it, rather than focusing on a cure.”

The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation also has another tie to the Tomah community, said Moseley.

The Love/Avon Army of Women is working to recruit a pool of one million women to partner with researchers and participate in various studies. As a result of a Team Tomah event in 2009, Michelle Peardot of Tomah – whose sister was a breast cancer

survivor – signed up for the Army of Women. Peardot is currently part of an active research study.

“Our goal for our event is to get 100 people to participate in the Poker Paddle. More importantly, we would like to get an additional 100 women to sign up and be part of the Army of Women program. Signing up for the program has no cost and will have a long-term effect on conquering this disease,” Moseley said.

For more information on signing up for the Army of Women, go to www.dslrf.org. For more information on the Poker Paddle Event, go to www.facebook.com/teamtomah or contact Sara Moseley at (608) 378-3764.