Waterskiing Event Raises Money for Wounded Vets

Created: 08/13/2014 6:47 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- There are number of ways to raise money for different causes in our area, but when it comes to veterans one local group is getting creative.

It was a day of learning on Lake Zumbro. A day of comradery between veterans and their families. While trying their hand – or should we say foot – at water skiing.

"It's just fun,” said veteran, Shannon Larsen. She served in the army for 20 years, and while she's not a wounded warrior, her husband is. “It's not all what you can see on the outside, it's a lot of what you don't see on the inside,” she said.

Shannon is on the SkiDox Waterski Team. It was their job Wednesday to get these families up behind a boat.

"It's something that everyone, all physical capabilities can do,” said Larsen.

"This is an adaptive ski for people with disabilities, we have two skiers on each side keeping people upright so that they don't tip over,” said Austin Walstad, with the SkiDox Waterski Team. “It puts a big smile on everybody’s face knowing that they can do it,” he said.

Some looked like a pro their first time around, but for others mastering the skis took a few tries. Either way, the day was meant to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, but more importantly it's a way get local disabled veterans out on the water for a stress free good time.

"Those guys fought for our country that's big for us and if we can give them just a little bit back one day, that's what we want to do,” said organizer, Dave Butlin.

Organizers hope to make this an annual event. Local businesses chipped in to pay for the event and then some. All the money raised goes to the Wounded Warriors Project.

Wednesday night, the SkiDox Waterski Team will perform on Lake Zumbro for all the vets and their families.

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