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West Michigan Offshore Grants Wish at Rock The Coast Fun Run

In less than two years since it was founded, the West Michigan Offshore powerboat club is making waves with events off Michigan’s Gold Coast. Last Saturday, the club’s “Rock The Coast” Fun Run from Grand Haven to Sagatuck—with a lunch stop in Holland at Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant on the return leg to Sagatuck—attracted 90-plus registered boats. What’s more, the nonprofit organization continued to give back to the Michigan Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation by providing a ride—courtesy of member Christopher Stevens—to Brooks Kingma, a soon-to-be seventh-grader battling cancer, as well as continuing its ongoing fundraising for the charity.

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Flawless Lake Michigan conditions greeted participants in last Saturday’s WMO Rock The Coast Fun Run. Photos courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

“His wish was to ride in a powerboat, so one of our members provided him with a ride,” said the club’s Roger Zuidema. “We all share a passion for powerboating and a desire to give back.”

To date, the West Michigan Offshore has contributed more than $19,500 to the Make-A-Wish outfit. The final total of money raised during last weekend’s event is still being counted.

For a look at more of last Saturday’s action, check out the slideshow above.

“This was our second big event of the year,” said Zuidema. “We have a fun run once a month and a few poker runs, and we are blessed to give back to the community through Make-A-Wish.

“We had a beautiful, Gold Coast of Michigan kind of day,” he added. “This is a good group of people who just enjoy life and being on the water with friends.”

Next up for the club is its Coast To Coast Weekend event Aug. 12-14.

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