Toutle River Resort Fundraiser Raises $200K for United Way

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July 11, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

The Ash Kicker, a 5K Adventure Race held May 14 at the Toutle River RV Resort in Castle Rock, Wash., has raised nearly $200,000 for United Way.

"It’s hard to imagine just how much money this event raised and officials with the United Way believe it to be their largest single day fund raiser ever," Charlie Curry, resort owner, stated in a news release. The Ash Kicker was sponsored by Williams Pipeline Co., which matched $85,321.00 of all funds raised bringing the grand total close to $200,000.

Last Friday afternoon a gathering was held for the sponsors and volunteers of Ash Kicker at the Toutle River RV Resort's Big Green Music Shed where organizers cooked hot dogs, sat around a campfire, drank a few cold beers and with little fanfare handed over a check to Kalei La Fave of the United Way in the sum of $190,643.12. La Fave is the local director of the United Way. La Fave said proceeds will be distributed among 23 United Way partner organizations and stay all in our local area to help those in need.

The Longview Daily News reported on Sunday (July 10), "United Way Officials believe the $190,000 is a record for a single event and said it’s certainly the most raised in recent history."

Curry continued, "Without a doubt this was the most unusual, craziest and most fun event that we have ever hosted at Toutle River. It’s a crazy course and there certainly is some risk involved. I believe this was the main reason that the event got so huge. People like doing fun, crazy and slightly dangerous things. This race certainly gave them that opportunity."

The event was organized by Travis Wickham and Sadie Smith, employees of Williams Co. The company has already asked Toutle River RV Resort to hold dates for next year's race, most likely to be held May 19  at the park.

"I can promise you that there will be a lot of big surprises added in the 2012 race," Curry stated. "I've been lucky enough to hear some of the ideas being kicked around and I know that Travis and Sadie can pull this off. I would not be a bit surprised if this becomes one of the largest Adventure Races to be found. I encourage other RV parks and Campgrounds to explore these races. Large numbers of the racers stayed here at the park and the atmosphere and facilities found at many RV parks and campgrounds fit perfectly with the needs of these events. It's a win-win situation for all."

For more information or to sign up for the 2012 Ash Kicker please visit Ash Kicker on facebook.

To contact Curry call (360) 274-7915.

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