STAND UP FOR THE LAKE!
Celebrate outdoor recreation and support the responsible use and long-term stewardship of Lake Champlain on Saturday, August 9th at the sixth annual Stand Up for the Lake Festival. Held on the Burlington Waterfront in partnership with the 2014 Lake Champlain Maritime Festival, Stand Up for the Lake benefits the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center (CSC) – a community-based non-profit organization that provides lake access to over 5,000 people each year regardless of age, ability or income.
Last year, Stand Up for the Lake raised nearly $18,000 to benefit the Community Sailing Center and support their WAVES (Water, Access, Vitality, Education and Stewardship) Initiative that aims to educate youth, adults and families about how human actions impact the health of Lake Champlain by incorporating lake ecology and stewardship into every program offered by the CSC.
This year’s event hopes to raise $25,000 to continue educating the community about protecting one of Vermont’s most vital resources and supporting the Community Sailing Center’s 6,000 friends that are introduced to the WAVES Initiative each year.
“We are extremely fortunate to work with the Lake Champlain Maritime Festival for Stand Up for the Lake to showcase everything the Lake has to offer our community and how we can give back to this amazing resource by being its voice and promoting responsible stewardship,” says Russ Scully, Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center Board Member and founder of Stand Up for the Lake.
A surf-style festival that promotes wellness, fitness and lake stewardship through stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), Stand Up for the Lake encourages families and outdoor enthusiasts to paddle the shore of Burlington’s downtown waterfront. From 11:00am until 5:00pm, listen to live music, enjoy local food and participate in a variety of activities including demos, clinics, a three-mile recreational race and six-mile elite, World Paddle Association (WPA) sanctioned race on the Lake.
Tickets are available for purchase via phone by calling (802) 864-2499 or online at www.StandUpForTheLake.com. For more information about the Community Sailing Center, please visit www.CommunitySailingCenter.org. Stand Up for the Lake is sponsored by: The Spot, WND & WVS, Outdoor Gear Exchange, Paddlesurf Champlain, Umiak Outfitters, Select Design, Maui Jim, Fox 44, Independent Radio the Point, and the Burlington Free Press.
About Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center: A community-based non-profit organization, Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center encourages and celebrates the responsible use and long-term stewardship of Lake Champlain by providing the community with educational and recreational access to Lake Champlain. The Community Sailing Center (CSC) is a vital community resource on the Burlington Waterfront that serves over 5,000 people each year through award winning programs, which use human powered watercraft as a medium to instill a sense of ownership in one of Vermont’s most important natural resources. A cornerstone of the Burlington community for 20 years, the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center inspires lake stewardship, provides universal access to the lake and is helping preserve the beauty of Lake Champlain for future generations. To learn more about the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, please visit: www.CommunitySailingCenter.org.