Float Your Boat surpasses fundraising goal


Environmental Dynamics International won the coveted People's Choice Award for raising the most money with its very popular "Ship of Fools" political themed boat.

Environmental Dynamics International won the coveted People's Choice Award for raising the most money with its very popular "Ship of Fools" political themed boat.

Float Your Boat for The Food Bank surpassed its fundraising goal and brought in $62,618 in outright gifts, sponsorships and in-kind donations for The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri.

“We are thrilled with the results of this year’s event,” said Lindsay Young Lopez, executive director of The Food Bank. “Our community stepped up for the fifth anniversary and helped us raise awareness and funds to feed people in need.”

Mid-Missouri’s only cardboard regatta, Float Your Boat challenges teams to build cardboard boats and race them across Bass Pro Shops Lake without sinking. Teams also participate in a fundraising challenge, which brought in more than $6,000. This year, Environmental Dynamics International raised the most, $2,024, and earned the coveted “People’s Choice” award. 

Other winners included Mill Creek Elementary, which had two fourth grade classes competing in the race. Both shared the Bass Pro Award. 

Float Your Boat is a partnership between The Food Bank and the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources.

“Thank you, Columbia community, for supporting Float Your Boat for The Food Bank in such a big way,” said Tom Payne, dean of the college. “You are helping change lives.”