SHIPSHEWANA – LaGrange County’s newest river adventure business, T&L Country Canoes, LLC, is planning a Labor Day Weekend MDA Benefit to tie in to the annual fundraiser of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
On Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1 during normal business hours, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., the business will donate a portion of each sale to the MDA, a nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research as well as providing support on a local basis to those affected.
According to the MDA of Northeast Indiana, there are nearly 700 individuals living with neuromuscular disease in Northeast Indiana who benefit from programs such as a children’s summer camp at Camp Potawatomi, MDA clinics at three area hospitals, the repair and loaning out of medical equipment and local support groups and seminars.
T&L owners Tim and Lori Mullins said they were inspired to host the benefit by their nephew, who had a form of muscular dystrophy and passed away in 2002. For each canoe or kayak trip sold on Aug. 31 or Sept. 1 costing under $25, they will donate $2, and for every trip totaling $25 or more, they will give $5 to the MDA. An MDA benefit raffle will also be held for a free canoe or kayak trip from T&L along with some MDA-provided raffle prizes.
T&L Country Canoes is located on the Fawn River in northern Indiana at 5775 West 750 North, seven miles north of Shipshewana. For more information on T&L or its upcoming MDA benefit, visit www.tlcountrycanoesllc.com or call (260) 562-2411. To learn more about the MDA, go to www.mda.org.
T & L Country Canoes offers canoe and kayak excursions from 90 minutes to over four hours, and is open seven days a week through Oct. 6. T&L customers are driven to their point of departure, where they are assisted with launching their canoe or kayak, if needed. They are then left to travel down the river at their own leisurely pace while experiencing nature at its best, returning by water to the T&L portage.