Saturday, August 24th at 8 AM marked the start of the 2nd annual DAM2DAM charity ride, sponsored by the Denver Lake Norman Rotary Club. Starting at the Beatty’s Ford Park at 8 AM, after a Bojangles breakfast, the participants mounted their jet skiis and got ready for the almost 60 mile trip.
The riders headed south to the Cowans Ford Dam, then turned and started on the longest leg of the ride, the entire length of Lake Norman, including several miles up the Catawba River to the Lookout Shoals Dam, a distance of nearly 30 miles. The DAM2DAM Jet Ski Charity Ride then turns and heads back down the river and the lake to a small island at marker 5, and a catered lunch by Village Inn Pizza.
Proceeds from the charity ride will be split between the Denver Lake Norman Rotary Foundation and the club’s efforts to build the East Lincoln Rescue Park, which is expected to break ground this year after over five years of planning and fundraising.
“Our Rotary Club is one of the most active clubs I have seen” said Charles Bohlen, 2013-2014 president of the club. “This idea came from Dave Fuller, a club member who doesn’t even own a jet ski and is typical of our members. The Rotary motto is Service Above Self and each of our Rotarians is an example of this motto. From this charity ride, Denver Days, the Day at the Lake and the Park, our club is very active in supporting our community.”