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Media Contact:
Michele Hall, Boone County Commission Administrative Coordinator
Phone: (573) 886-4312

Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill is Floating His Boat for the Food Bank

April 23, 2015

For the fourth year in a row, the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri has issued a challenge that Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill just couldn't resist: build a boat using cardboard and duct tape, then cross your fingers that your boat and the people in it make it to the finish line without sinking. The event, Float Your Boat for the Food Bank, draws in the creative, the industrious, the daring and those just looking for a good—and potentially wet—time while raising money to feed people across the region.

In 2012, Dan and his team built the BoCoMo, a bright yellow vessel sporting an American flag and the nickname given to Boone County, Missouri. Now, three years later, the BoCoMo is still alive and ready to float for the fourth year in a row!

The Float Your Boat for the Food Bank participants will begin arriving at Bass Pro Shops Lake with their cardboard-and-duct-tape creations at 9:00AM on Saturday, April 25 and the event opens to the public at 9:30AM. The boats will compete not only in the water but on land too through a variety of awards including the People's Choice Award, Ugliest Boat Award, Best in Show and Best Use of a Theme. Spectators can vote for People's Choice by placing a monetary donation to the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri in the donation box by their favorite boat. Each dollar will allow the Food Bank to provide 15 pounds of food!

The kids' race will begin at 11:00 and the adults' race will begin at 12:00PM with the pirate race to follow. The People's Choice Award will be announced after the races. Come out to cheer on Dan, to have some fun outside and to support the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri!

For more information about Float Your Boat for the Food Bank, visit