Stretching well beyond the performance boat community—as in mass media via the world’s leading international news sources and the infinite abyss known as social media—the positive stories regarding people using their boats in the rescue efforts following Hurricane Harvey, which devastated parts of Texas in late August, have been incredible.
Once the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office knew it was safe to leave Louisiana following its own Hurricane Harvey aftermath, the team left to assist in the rescue efforts in Texas. Photo courtesy Casey Harrison
The latest story shared by Paul Robinson, the organizer of the Texas Outlaw Challenge in Clear Lake, is about a generous $50,000 donation that has spurred on a PayPal page created by the group behind the Texas Offshore Performance Powerboat Squadron (TOPPS) to give back directly to the impacted communities.
There’s also an indirect example of performance boaters doing their part thanks to the team from Louisiana’s Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office using several boats and high-water rescue vehicles, which were purchased from funds raised by the one-and-only Tickfaw 200 Poker Run in Springfield, La., to aid in the rescue efforts in the Beaumont area. That’s a telling story about how event fundraising can impact a community—and others around it—well beyond that year or the next one. Casey Harrison, one of the organizers of the Tickfaw 200, shared a few images of the team, which includes many water patrol officers who are normally on duty during the Tickfaw 200, working in Texas.
Now, with the spotlight also cast on Florida with more hurricane devastation, it’s important to recognize that the effort from the performance boat community to give back to those in need in Texas hasn’t stopped and won’t for some time.