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The Amazing Raise raises money for Joyful Connections and CASA

Photos by Rob Zajac

On Saturday, June 14, thirty three teams traveled to Put-in-Bay to participate in the Amazing Raise to benefit Joyful Connections and Ottawa County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). The thirty three teams, which more than doubled the number of last year’s fifteen teams, were made up of 160 people. The teams traveled the island to eight different locations and at each location they were asked to complete a task to earn a clue for their next destination.

In addition to the eight main destinations, there were master challenges including having teams ask for donations from residents with the most cash raised getting a prize.

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Community invited to show support during Special Olympics Torch Run

The Ottawa County Board of D.D.’s Special Olympics Team will be participating in the Torch Run Sunday, June 22. The torch will be carried by a combination of law enforcement and Special Olympic athletes throughout the state of Ohio and will end in Columbus for the State Summer games.  

The first leg of the race will be at Put-In-Bay starting at 2 p.m. by the Miller Ferry. There will be a parade through the main streets and conclude at the Boardwalk Restaurant.  The second leg of the race will start at the Port Clinton Jefferson Street Dock at 5 p.m. and continue to 4th Street, Madison Street and throughout downtown Port Clinton and conclude at the Port Clinton Knights of Columbus #1750. 

The public is invited to support your local Special Olympics Athletes by lining the Put-In-Bay route at 2 p.m. or the Port Clinton route at 5 p.m.  Help us cheer on these local athletes as they make their way to Columbus!  If you are interested in volunteering or running in this event, please contact Amy Cantu at (567) 262-3122.

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Practice your Amazing Race Skills at the Amazing Island Raise

The Amazing Race has announced an open casting call for the award winning show to take place at Put-in-Bay on June 19. Come practice those skills on June 14 with The Amazing Raise, Put-in-Bay Style! Teams are filling up fast for The Amazing Island Raise put on by Ottawa County CASA and Joyful Connections Saturday, June 14, on South Bass Island. Teams will solve clues, complete challenges and win great prizes all while enjoying the fun and sun of Put-in-Bay.  Teams of 4-6 adults will race against one another to see who has what it takes to be an Amazing Island Raise Champion.  

Teams will ride the Miller Ferry to the island where the clues and challenges will take place.  Once the winner has been declared, the teams can remain on the island to enjoy the rest of the day and return on the ferry when they are finished.  The entry fee of $40 per person will cover the cost of transportation to the island as well as a team t-shirt.  The fun will begin at 11 a.m. and the group will depart for Put-in-Bay at noon.  There’s still time to register!  For more information, please contact Sheila Powell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.joyfulconnections.com to print a registration form and view a slideshow of last year’s event.

Joyful Connections is a supervised visitation and exchange center in Oak Harbor that provides a healthy, safe and homelike environment where children can interact with family members.  Ottawa County CASA volunteers are appointed by the court to advocate for abused and neglected children.

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