The Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary has a winner for the Penobscot handcrafted classic wooden boat. Out of 1,260 tickets sold, the winning ticket belonged to Ray Keith.
A native of Scottville, Michigan, Keith bought the winning ticket while visiting Alpena taking a cruise on the Lady Michigan to explore the local shipwrecks.
The 14-foot boat took hundreds of hours from local craftsman to complete preserving northeast Michigan’s maritime heritage.
Overall $6,300 was raised for the raffle, with $300 covering expenses like printing the raffle tickets, $3,000 donated to Heritage Coast Sailing & Rowing, Inc. (HCS&R, a nonprofit) community boat building program, and $3,000 donated to the TBNMS sanctuary education programs. The HCS&R will use the donation to cover supplies for its next community boat building project in which they will build four paddle boards. Two of those boards will be donated to the Friends of TBNMS for a raffle next year.
Congrats to Mr. Keith and enjoy your boat!