Fourteen teams got together at the River Raisin National Battlefield Park Visitor Center for the first tomahawk challenge.
The Friends of the River Raisin Battlefield Foundation planned and hosted the event. It was a chance for local businesses to compete in a friendly way and raise money for a good cause.
“This is a fundraiser for an upcoming trapper exhibit and the foundation’s operating costs,” said Cathy Taylor. Taylor has been a volunteer with the Friends of the River Raisin for a long time, and her main job is planning special events.
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Molly Luempert and Sue Vanisacker are co-chairs of the foundation’s fundraising efforts and ran the live-streamed event. They can’t wait to get new displays and exhibits set up at the Visitors Center.
Luempert fully managed his role in this game.
Volunteers from DTE build the range by bringing their tools, setting everything up, and putting everything all in order professionally. Bass Pro Shop (Cabela’s) gave money to buy axes for the Tomahawk Event and bows and arrows for kids to use when they come to the center.
Scott Bentley, in charge of the park, said, “All of this is possible because we have great partnerships.”
Bentley said the fundraiser would greatly help get the planned Trapper Exhibit off the ground. This exhibit will have three main parts and a tour that details the traps’ history and how they work. In terms, people will find out how fish, small game, and big game traps worked in the past.
The City of Monroe Fire Division and the City of Monroe Police Division were the first teams to compete.
Lt. Hudson of the Fire Team said, “I’m excited for the night and to try to win the trophy.” In the first round, the Fire Team beat the Police Team, but the Police Team noticed that Fire’s training and experience with axes might have given them an edge.
Valerie Clark was another thrower on Mayor Robert Clark’s “Team Edge.” Before their turn in the second round, she watched videos and learned different techniques.
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There was also a photo booth and a raffle, in addition to the Tomahawk Challenge. Experiences like a “DTE Energy Eagle Tour,” “Canoe Trip for 8,” “Lunch with the Mayor,” and a lot more were donated and put together for the raffles.
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Mid-American Group came in first, followed by DTE Energy Foundation in second and Team Edge in third. Since there was a tie for second and third place at the end of the competition, a “throw-off” was used to decide who came in second and third.
Sponsorships are a big reason the Friends of the River Raisin can put on the challenge and all of their other events.
Adelaide Pascaris thanks the community and their support
Pascaris was the main sponsor of the event and worked for ITC Holdings. “We hope to keep working together and doing what we can to keep the history and culture of the area alive.”