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Paddlers raise money for Rainbow House

Monday, May 4, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT
Participants in the Alpine Shop's "Canoe and Kayak Day" paddle for charity at Stephens Lake on Sunday in Columbia. The event was a benefit for Rainbow House, an organization that provides emergency assistance for children in need.

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COLUMBIA — Canoeists and kayakers paddled for charity on Sunday at Stephens Lake to support Rainbow House, a children's emergency shelter. The day was sponsored by the Alpine Shop and included members of Columbia Paddling Enthusiasts.

Alpine Shop manager Brennan VanMatre said the event was open to everyone, but he hoped it would inspire families to share outdoor activities together.

"We wanted to have an event that brought out the family, not just one or two people in a family," he said.

He estimated 75 to 100 people came, given the good weather.

The paddle party was free but donations to Rainbow House were encouraged.

"We wanted to make sure," VanMatre said, "that kids in the community who need helping hands will have that."


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