Columbia Rowing Club Flood Relief

$18,644 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 259 people in 37 months
Laura Kissel
for Columbia Rowing Club Inc
 COLUMBIA, SC
The Columbia Rowing Club in Columbia, South Carolina is still standing on the banks of the Broad River after the massive flooding in Richland County on October 3, 4, and 5th, 2015.  Approximately 7 feet of water rose into our boat house and slowly subsided over last week, leaving a lot of debris and a muddy mess behind. Clean up and damage assessment began on October 11.  A few of our boats are damaged, but the biggest loss to the club is that we no longer have a dock. It was torn away from the banks of the Broad River in the flood waters and swept downstream. 

The Broad River has a very steep edge-- it drops straight down, so it's impossible to launch boats from the river's edge without a dock. We will not be able to row until we can replace our dock. Club members are pitching in to clean up our boat house and the land around it with sweat equity and personal funds. We are now looking for help and support from friends and the greater rowing community with the hope that we might be able to replace our dock by the end of the year.

The Columbia Rowing Club rows at a site provided by Richland County. County representatives indicated last week that they have no funds to support the purchase of a new dock. The amount of $35,000 that we aspire to raise is based on an estimate provided by a local vendor who built our previous dock. This amount would enable us to build a dock just like the one we had before (with three ramps), using synthetic materials instead of wood. To build a sturdier dock (i.e., upgrading to concrete bulkheads and an aluminum frame) would cost upwards of $50,000.

We have set a minimum goal of $35,000. Additional funds raised beyond this amount would enable us to consider further upgrades. 

The Columbia Rowing Club is an enthusiastic group of approximately 100 youth and masters. We love our club and feel so lucky to be able row on the most beautiful 4,000 meter stretch of the Broad River. We appreciate any support you can give that will help us get back on the water and we invite you to visit Columbia, South Carolina and row with us as soon as our dock is replaced!

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Columbia Rowing Club is a non-profit organization with tax ID number 571081044.  A letter acknowledging your generous donation can be requested by contacting the organizer of this campaign (above).

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This fund was set up on Go Fund Me by Laura Kissel, a member of the Columbia Rowing Club, on behalf of the Columbia Rowing Club. This fundraising campaign is approved by our club president, John Worrell.
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Members of the Columbia Rowing Club want to take this opportunity at the end of 2015 to thank everyone who donated to our dock rebuilding efforts this fall. Because of your generous contributions, and those from our membership, we will be able to replace our dock in 2016.

Columbia has continued to experience a lot of rain the past couple of months with repeated flooding of the Broad River and four additional (though much smaller) floods at our rowing site. The embankment where the new dock will be installed has eroded to the point that it must be reengineered and stabilized to secure the shore and prepare for installation of a new dock. On December 4 CRC board members met with Richland County administrators and representatives from a dock vendor to discuss reinforcement of the embankment. The work now is to study maps of USGS river levels to determine piling heights and engineer a design that can be integrated into the reinforced embankment. Several levels of government are involved in the project and must approve the plan and produce the permits—the SC Department of Natural Resources, Corps of Engineers, and Richland County Council.

Our best guess is that the redevelopment plan might be finished and presented to Richland County Council at their February meeting. After approval, the funds you’ve helped us to raise will be submitted to the county in the form of a grant, so that we can proceed with the work.

We look forward to posting another update here early next year. And again, thank you from all of us at the Columbia Rowing Club. We deeply appreciate your generosity and support.
The future site of our new dock
The old dock + imagining the new one
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All of us at Columbia Rowing Club have been watching your donations come in to support our dock rebuilding effort at a very steady pace over the past two weeks, and especially so after the amazing support from US Rowing-- who helped us reach so many fellow rowers around the country with their story and membership emails. We appreciate each and every donation and note of encouragement from individuals and clubs alike and hope we'll be able to thank all of you in person, some way. Many of us were moved by the $19 donation "Proud of Rowing Community" last weekend that put us squarely at the $15,000 mark and directly acknowledged YOU, the rowing community, for pitching in with the ethic that you are not just helping us out, but also acknowledging the positive impact rowing can have in a person's life. We share your passion and belief in this and each dollar you donate just makes all of us here at CRC want to work that much harder to rebuild so that we can continue to reach and inspire people through our sport.

So, THANK YOU to each and every one of you for your donations and for continuing to spread the word about our campaign!

Our club President John Worrell provided an update yesterday that I am paraphrasing and sharing with all of you here:

“Including some donations that have arrived by check, we have raised just over $17,500 total, bringing us to the half way mark of our fundraising goal! It has been raining since Sunday, with more rain expected this week. There’s a river flood warning now because of the rain, but all our gear has been re-secured well off ground and there is no concern. Richland County has finished clearing all the debris from the entrance to the club and repaired the main gate and its associated structures. We’ve been told that the county will soon be able to proceed with the next step, which will be to work with us to secure official bids for rebuilding our dock. Even though we don’t yet have all the funding we need, they have shown a lot of interest in moving ahead with us soon.”

Oh behalf of President John Worrell and all our club members, we send each of you our sincere thanks and gratitude. We look forward to being able to share more news with you soon.
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Members of the Columbia Rowing Club came together last night to discuss how to keep our club going over the coming months. More will be shared here in the days ahead, but we first want to express how grateful we are to everyone who has reached out to us to donate funds or offer other kinds of support-- college crews, rowing enthusiasts from the Dolphin Club in San Francisco http://www.dolphinclub.org, Augusta Rowing Club in Augusta, GA http://www.augustarowingclub.org, and so many fellow rowers around the country. We are also extremely grateful to our own members who have contributed so much time, money and labor to CRC in the past couple of weeks.
Particularly exciting to us yesterday was to read the story in USRowing about CRC and our dock replacement efforts. Thank you Ed Moran and US Rowing! http://www.usrowing.org/news/2015/10/20/floods-in-columbia-unite-the-community-in-rowing-more-help-is-needed
A few of our boats are being stored temporarily at the Augusta Rowing Club and some of our members are able to practice there. In the meantime, Richland County Park, home of the CRC, remains closed until debris can be cleared.
The members of Columbia Rowing Club thank you for sharing ideas, financial support and your morale!
THANK YOU from the Columbia Rowing Club!
President John Worrell and club members
Treasurer Susan Junker and George Park
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George Park
37 months ago
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The response from the rowing community has been incredible. Thank you, each and every person who has contributed or passed along the word of our plight. With your help, we will rebuild and be better than ever.

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Laraine Duke Leggette
37 months ago
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keep us posted on your progress

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$18,644 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 259 people in 37 months
Created October 11, 2015
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Columbia Rowing Club Inc
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Trinell Moore
24 months ago
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A true community. Members are always the same and love new people. It's a beautiful spot and sport!

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Marlene Royle
35 months ago
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Happy to support replacing the docks after the flood. You have a terrific club and group of rowers in Columbia, Marlene

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35 months ago
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Lisa Pelfrey
36 months ago
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I remember when we had to store boats in a semi trailer! Good luck with the fundraising. The Rowing Club is a wonderful asset to Columbia.

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George Park
37 months ago
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The response from the rowing community has been incredible. Thank you, each and every person who has contributed or passed along the word of our plight. With your help, we will rebuild and be better than ever.

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Laraine Duke Leggette
37 months ago
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keep us posted on your progress

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