Dear Alumni, Friends, and Community,
In 1950, the Min-Aqua Bats started out as a small group of friends who got together to waterski from the shores of Lake Minocqua at what is now The Aqua Bowl. From these modest beginnings, our club has grown to what it is today, nearly 70 years later. Remarkably, the essence of our club hasn’t changed. We are still a group of “50 best friends” who love to put on ski shows and put smiles on people’s faces. Our club always has, and always will be, about entertaining our beloved and loyal fans. Along the way, through all the lifelong friendships that have been made, all the “thrills, chills, and spills”, and all of the smiles and laughs we’ve inspired, we have woven our way into the fabric and community of the best town in the Northwoods. We are deeply proud to call Lake Minocqua our home and ski in front of visitors and residents alike.
Despite our lengthy tradition, many things have changed. The price of a new ski boat has doubled since only our 50-year anniversary, new outboard engines are much more expensive as well, and the price of gas has risen dramatically. The days of getting new engines and boats from sponsors every summer are gone as marine companies decrease their advertising budgets. Our current ski boat has been in use for nearly five years and has accumulated many hours. As a result, we have been forced to take our inboard out of the water for frequent and costly repairs. Our ropes, skis, and costumes are also in desperate need of replacement, and our outboards require substantial repairs and maintenance every summer. The costs of running our club are higher than ever, but our income from donations, apparel, and concessions have barely been able to cover our operating expenses.
In order to ensure that we can keep thrilling crowds at the Aqua Bowl for decades to come, we are proud to announce the Min-Aqua Bats’ inaugural Capital Campaign. Our goal is to raise $250,000 by December 1, 2017. The proceeds from our campaign will go to the Min-Aqua Bat Booster Club and will be used to purchase a new ski boat, outboard engines, and cover operating costs for our club. Your donation to our campaign is a firm commitment of your support of the Min-Aqua Bats Water Ski Club and the community of Minocqua. By contributing to this campaign, you have the opportunity to share in our goal to provide free ski shows for our amazing fans for decades to come. With your support, we intend to keep our tradition alive and be forever part of the Minocqua community.
Min-Aqua Bats Water Ski Club
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