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WDM Chamber’s Raccoon River Rally Raises $4,200 for Raccoon River Pedestrian Bridge

The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce (WDM Chamber) has announced that it has raised $4,200 for the Raccoon River Pedestrian Bridge. This donation was determined based on sponsorships of the inaugural Raccoon River Rally (RRR) presented by Google Fiber.

“The Raccoon River Pedestrian Bridge is all about making a greater connection, and the Raccoon River Rally exemplifies just that,” Sally Ortgies, director of parks & recreation for the City of West Des Moines, said. “It’s exciting to see our community coming together to enjoy one of our special water resources, Blue Heron Lake. We are so grateful for the generosity of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and its sponsors for using the event to raise awareness and funds for our project.”

RRR is the first fall festival of its kind at Blue Heron Lake celebrating WDM’s community and waters. Attractions for the event will include a morning bike ride, live music, cardboard boat races, an exhibitor fair, beer sale and food trucks.

“As the presenting sponsor, Google Fiber is excited to be part of this first-of-its-kind event in West Des Moines, as we bring our first-of-its-kind internet to the community,” said Sarah Sparks, customer acquisition manager for Google Fiber. “As a local resident, I’m looking forward to seeing the incredible creativity that our neighbors will bring to their boats and can’t wait to see what fares best on Blue Heron Lake.”

RRR will be held on Saturday, October 2 from 12 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The bike ride will kick off the day at 11 a.m. and cardboard boat races will begin at 2 p.m. Two bands will be featured on the sound stage at the event. The Dick Danger Band will play from 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and the Tony Bohnenkamp Cover Band will play from 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Visit the Chamber’s website for more information and to sign up for the bike ride and boat races. Attendees can also learn more about the Raccoon River Pedestrian Bridge and make additional donations.

Sponsors for this event include: Google Fiber, Polk County, KinderCare Learning Centers, Aureon, CUMULUS Media, BKD CPAs & Advisors, Cushman & Wakefield, Northwest Bank, Merchants Bonding Company and Holt Plumbing & Heating, Inc.