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Holiday Boat Parade raises $14,000 for two charities

By Pamela A. Keene 
 
A brief warm and sunny spell meant good news for this year’s Holiday Boat Parade on Lake Lanier. From houseboats to cruisers, 46 boats turned out for the event that raised $9,000 for the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Ranch and $5,000 for the Hall County Sheriff’s Dive Team.
 
“We were very fortunate to have great weather and a tremendous response,” said Richard Pickering, who chaired the event. “More than 1,000 people attended our event at Margaritaville’s Paradise Cantina and it was a fun evening.”
 
In addition to the entry fees donated by boat captains, funds were raised through a silent auction, raffles and a 50/50 drawing.
 
The grand prize was won by John Grobe, who skippered “The Boat that’s yet to be Named,” from Hideaway Bay. “The Grinch,” owned by Terri Stagg of Hideaway Bay won Best Crew. “O’Hana” from the Dwellers’ group, owned by Michael Hodnett, received Best Theme. Chip Natowski’s “Pipe Dream” from Bald Ridge was named Best Houseboat. Best Yacht 39 feet and over went to “Moondance,”
owned by Greg Beaudry of Holiday. Best Boat 26 to 38 feet was won by Lauren Vickers of Bald Ridge. And Billy O’Haire’s “reLAXing” of Holiday won Best Boat 25 feet and under.
 
“Thanks to everyone who made this year’s event a success,” Pickering said. “We really want to thank Margaritaville for hosting and everyone for their support and enthusiasm for these charities. We plan to do this event next year and make it even bigger and better.”

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