Grinning Oar to Oar

OarToOarOn Saturday August 16, 2014, Cherokee Rafting in Ocoee, Tennessee will be hosting their inaugural event “Grinning from Oar to Oar” to help raise money and awareness for research, treatments, and the causes of cleft lips and palates. Cherokee Rafting has partnered with an organization called the Mia Moo Fund and will be donating a portion of the day’s proceeds from their river trips to the foundation.

Aside from the whitewater rafting trips, they will also be offering BBQ plates for $8.00/each for anyone who would like to attend and help contribute. Owner, John Thomason, will be preparing his popular “whole hog” BBQ to keep everyone’s hunger satisfied after the day’s rafting activities. 100% of the proceeds from the BBQ will go to the Mia Moo Fund. Plates will include pork BBQ, baked beans, slaw, rolls and drinks and will be served from noon until 5pm.

The Mia Moo Fund was named for Duck Dynasty’s Jase Robertson’s youngest child, Mia. According to,

[cryout-pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”33%”]”Our desire is to make sure that each and every child born with a cleft lip or palate receives the best possible medical care, regardless of his or her financial situation.[/cryout-pullquote]”

“This is going to be a wonderful and exciting weekend full of fun and laughter for our rafting guests. Everyone will not only be enjoying the great outdoors on the Ocoee River, but also helping a great cause,” said Blake McPherson, manager of Cherokee Rafting. “Their slogan says it all, ‘Because Every Kid Deserves a Smile.’ That’s exactly what this day is all about.”

To reserve your rafting trip for Saturday August 16th or to find out more info on how you can help, please call their outpost at 423-338-5124 or book online at  If you would like to make a monetary donation on behalf of your business or family, please contact Judy Thomason or Blake McPherson. Additional information regarding the Mia Moo Fund can be found at