Kendall marina hosts ‘Boaters Against Cancer’ events this weekend

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 2 August 2019 at 12:32 pm

KENDALL – After a group of boaters lost two friends to cancer, they banded together four years ago to sponsor “Boaters Against Cancer” to help fellow boaters and their families affected by cancer.

Dave Bentley and Gail Grigg of Albion are heading up the fourth annual Harris-Lace Flotilla Saturday at Bald Eagle Marina and Lure’s Restaurant.

Scott Harris of Oakfield and Phil Lance of Canada are the boaters who lost their lives to cancer.

A hundred boaters are expected to participate in the event Saturday, which will feature more than 20 vendors, live music from 4 to 10 p.m., a basket raffle, duck races, wine and beer tasting and fireworks over the lake at 10 p.m.

Each year, the boaters have planned on a flotilla in memory of the two men, but the lake hasn’t cooperated, and they haven’t been able to do it, Bentley said. He hopes this Saturday will be different.

The boats will tie up in the lake to demonstrate how boaters support each other and to commemorate fallen cancer victims and their families. In case the lake is rough on Saturday, the flotilla will be rescheduled until Sunday (again if the lake conditions allow).

Bentley said the event is open to the entire public, and he hopes other boaters and boat lovers will come and support their efforts.

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