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Participants in the 2011 One Square Mile of Hope "raft" on 4th Lake raise their paddles in triumph. (Photo submitted)

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One Square Mile of Hope meeting is Jan. 13; Kiwanis join challenge

Sunday, January 05, 2014 - Updated: 2:40 PM

INLET -- One Square Mile of Hope and Kiwanis Club of the Central Adirondacks of Old Forge Inc. are pleased to announce they will attempt to regain their place in the Guinness Book of World Records Sept. 13.

The goals are simple: beat the record and regain the title as World Record Holder, while raising funds for a great cause. Online registration is now open at onesquaremileofhope.org.

A meeting will be held Monday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Woods Inn to get the local communities involved and informed. The committee is hoping for a huge turnout.

Refreshments will be provided, compliments of B.J. Queen Enterprises. For more contact the Inlet Information Office at (315) 357-5501.

EAGER TO DO IT AGAIN

"Since our successful event in 2011, when we had 1,902 boats, former participants have been anxious to do it again, and others have been begging to have a chance to experience the exhilaration created by such a large group of people coming together to support breast cancer research," says OSM Committee Co-Chair Connie Perry.

This time, the committee is planning to disperse some of the funds for breast cancer awareness and prevention at a more local level.

The Suttons Bay Flotilla in Michigan set a new Guinness World Record for "Largest Raft of Canoes and Kayaks" with 2,099 this past August, breaking Inlet's 2011 record.

MONEY FOR RESEARCH

This year the primary recipient of the funds raised here will be The Breast Cancer Research Foundation in New York City. Its mission is to increase public awareness about good breast health and provide funding for research at leading medical centers worldwide.

Currently, 91 cents of every dollar spent by BCRF is directed towards breast cancer research and awareness programs.

Kiwanis members Jane Slack, Linda Bamberger and Jim Connerty will represent the Kiwanis on the OSM committee.

Connie Perry and Carolyn Belknap, co-chairs of One Square Mile of Hope 2014, say, "We are thrilled to be partnering with the Kiwanis Club on our third One Square Mile of Hope challenge. The enthusiastic support of our local Kiwanis is matched by the excitement of previous participants, and the dedication and determination of the OSM committee. Together, we will make a difference Sept. 13 in support of a great cause."

To volunteer, donate or help sponsor this year's event contact Adele Burnett or Mitch Lee at the Inlet Information Office by calling (315) 357-5501 or emailing info@onesquaremileofhope.org.

     

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