Paddle-Jam event raises $2,000 for Take the Helm

EASTON, MD – The Talbot Young Professionals, a committee of the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce, presented the Take the Helm program with a $2,000 check, from proceeds from their 3rd Annual Paddle-Jam event.

Take the Helm is a program of the YMCA of the Chesapeake that uses the art of wooden boat-building to help Talbot County high school students develop self-confidence, purpose and team-building skills.

Paddle-Jam took place June 15th at the Easton Point Marina and featured a paddle-poker run where participants could kayak, canoe or stand-up paddle board their way through the 6-mile course, collecting poker cards and competing for valuable prizes donated by event sponsors. After the paddle, the crowd stayed and enjoyed live music from Black Dog Alley, plus food vendors, steamed crabs and lawn games like bucket pong and corn hole. Read more in the Star Democrat article here.

Thank you to event sponsors Easton Point Marina, APG Media, Tawney Accounting Group, BayImprint, Easton Utilities, Shore United Bank, Konsyl Pharmaceuticals, M&T Bank, Talbot Partnership, Preston Automotive, Willow Construction, Provident State Bank, SVN Miller Commercial Real Estate, Kelly Distributors, Zseni Engineering, 1880 Bank, Avery Hall Benefit Solutions, Belle Aire Farms, BDK, Inc., Easton Economic Development Corporation, TriCycle and Run, RAUCH inc., West Marine and Easton Cycle and Sport.

Pictured left to right: Al Silverstein, Pres/CEO Talbot Chamber of Commerce; Tracy Berrigan, Shore United Bank and Chairman, Talbot Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Frank Gunsallus, APG Media and Talbot Young Professionals Board member; Take the Helm program participants: JR Lankford, Noah Ramos, Isaiah Jenkins, Seth Branch, and Cameron Lewis; Bob Greenlee, SVN Miller Commercial Real Estate and Paddle-Jam sponsor; Alex Greenlee, Take the Helm Executive Director; Adam Schellhamer, BDK, Inc. and Talbot Young Professionals Board member; Joe Buckley, Willow Construction and Talbot Young Professionals Board member; Amy Kreiner, VP, Talbot Chamber of Commerce.