Vets’ fundraiser invites tourists

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Chaotic Kayakers from last year

Oppenheimer Beach, on the north shore, is a ‘Don’t miss!’ spot for visitors.  Calm water, an inviting beach, and a gorgeous view are reasons why anybody would like to spend some time there.

But Sunday, the 26th, there’s another reason:  There will be live music, beer tents, food from Skinny Legs and Joe’s Rum Hut, raffle prizes and the second annual St. John Chaotic Kayak Race.  Money raised by race entries and race sponsors go to support a group of wounded veterans and their spouses who come to St. John for a week in November.

This is a great opportunity for vacationers to enjoy an afternoon in the sun and to get a first-hand sense of how the island comes together for a very good cause.

The race will feature as many as 25 kayak teams, paddling around the Sadie Sea, a charter boat.  Captain Tom and Amy Larson, its owners, are they are organizing the Warriors event.  It costs nothing to watch.

Other events during the weekend include a pre-party fundraiser at Iguana Grill on Saturday night.  High Tide will have a fundraiser before the event, on the Cruz Bay waterfront beach, and Castaways will have an after-party.

Last year's event raised $20,000 for the Wounded Warriors program.

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