19 Years and Going Strong—Grand Tour

Published in: Update - Issue 2 - 2016 »   

Participants of the Grand Tour event get ready for
departure from Mackinaw City, Michigan.

Every year, Leader Dog is fortunate to have outside groups who fundraise on our behalf. The groups take an activity they love and turn it into an event with meaning. One such group, Grand Tour.ORGanization, does this by organizing a three-day personal water craft endurance ride.

Started in 1997 with a group of 19 riders, the event is in its 19th year and will take place August 11–13. Not only does the group love the sport and challenge of the Lake Michigan course, they are proud of the $300,000+ they have raised for Leader Dog.

Grand Tour participants in Charlevoix, Michigan.

The riders, along with land support crew, local Lions clubs and Leader Dog puppy raisers, gather in Mackinaw City, MI for the kick-off. Then it’s on the lake for three days. Michael LaBelle, Grand Tour event director, said, “The continued partnership between the Grand Tour and Leader Dog has allowed us to hear from clients on how their lives have changed from receiving services provided by Leader Dog. That motivates us to do what we do… and it’s why we’ve done what we’ve done over the past 18 years.” The Grand Tour is planning a very special celebration for their 20th ride in 2017 that will include a stop on Mackinac Island.

To learn more about the Grand Tour or to donate to this dedicated group, please visit myleaderdog.org/grandtour.