Paddle-Jam event raises $2,000 for Take the Helm

From left: Al Silverstein, president and CEO of the Talbot Chamber of Commerce; Tracy Berrigan, Shore United Bank and chairman of Talbot Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Frank Gunsallus, APG Media and Talbot Young Professionals board member; Take the Helm program participants JR Lankford, Noah Ramos, Isiah Jenkins, Seth Branch and Cameron Lewis; Bob Greenlee, SVN Miller Commercial Real Estate and Paddle-Jam sponsor; Alex Greenlee, Take the Helm executive director; Adam Schellhamer, BDK Inc. and Talbot Young Professionals board member; Joe Buckley, Willow Construction and Talbot Young Professionals board member; and Amy Kreiner, vice president of the Talbot Chamber of Commerce.

EASTON — The Talbot Young Professionals, a committee of the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce, recently presented the Take the Helm program with a $2,000 check, from proceeds from their third annual Paddle-Jam event.

Take the Helm is a program of the YMCA of the Chesapeake that uses the art of wooden boatbuilding to help Talbot County high school students develop self-confidence, purpose and team-building skills.

Paddle-Jam took place June 15 at the Easton Point Marin,a and featured a paddle-poker run where participants could kayak, canoe or stand-up paddle board their way through the 6-mile course, collecting poker cards and competing for prizes donated by event sponsors.

After the paddle, the crowd stayed and enjoyed live music from Black Dog Alley, plus food vendors, steamed crabs and lawn games like bucket pong and corn hole.

The event sponsors were Easton Point Marina, APG Media, Tawney Accounting Group, BayImprint, Easton Utilities, Shore United Bank, Konsyl Pharmaceuticals, M&T Bank, Talbot Partnership, Preston Automotive, Willow Construction, Provident State Bank, SVN Miller Commercial Real Estate, Kelly Distributors, Zseni Engineering, 1880 Bank, Avery Hall Benefit Solutions, Belle Aire Farms, BDK, Inc., Easton Economic Development Corporation, TriCycle and Run, RAUCH inc., West Marine and Easton Cycle and Sport.

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