Thoughts on sponsorship:
I understand that finding sponsors to donate gear for an expedition is a full-time job. I have done considerable research on this subject, but have barely scratched the surface since I decided to take on this expedition last June. Any friend, acquaintance, or gear company who is moved to support my efforts will be greatly appreciated and subject to my personal praise and adoration through many means of exposure, and for the duration of my remaining days on earth.
Truck goes out, pictures come back.
I am a SPOT Brand Ambassador, according to SPOT. Thanks!
Thoughts on support: The skills, talents, and knowledge of individuals are unique and varied. That is what makes the world go round. Support does not always come in the form of money or gear. Here are some very much appreciated supporters of my trek:
Norm Miller – coach, offering his wise counsel and advice and valuable information regarding the trip.
Missouri River Relief (MRR): http://www.riverrelief.org My appreciation and devotion for this org began around ten years ago. It was love at first sight. I want MRR to soar with eagles, which I think they may already do :).
Learn more about this Kansas City Clean Up and Education event here.
Coopers Landing River Port Marina: http://www.cooperslanding.net/
Bob Bellingham – www.steadypaddling.com
Bob reluctantly, but graciously, sold his boat and gear to me at a “discount” greater than he first offered. Thanks, Bob. I’ll be checking to see if the boat floats in a few days. (Pick up on Sunday, Dec 16)
John T. Schneller, fellow Riverbilly and editor of The Columbia Missourian. I contacted John in July and asked if he could make a story happen about my expedition. I needed some press to help with potential sponsorship requests. He did so by sending a graduate student and photographer to Cooper’s Landing to do a story about me and Bob Bellingham. You can find the story in my archives here. Thanks John!
Huge thanks to Michael Clark who is allowing me to store the boat and gear at his Big Muddy Adventures location in St. Louis until December 16.
Charlotte Overby of Conservation Lands Foundation (CLF). Charlotte is currently in Colorado but always beloved in our river community. She is responsible for Missouri River Relief’s humble beginnings over a decade ago. CLF helps support Friends of the Missouri Breaks Monument. We are floating some ideas around.
Rod Wellington of ZeroEmissionsExpedition is paddling the seven longest rivers on seven continents. He will be the first Canadian paddler to accomplish this magnificent fete. He started at the source of the MORiv at Brower’s Spring, and is paddling to the Gulf of Mexico. He has given me valuable insight as to what to expect from the source to the headwaters at Three Forks, a 298 mile stretch.
Dom Liboiron, a Canadian paddler starting in Canada and ending in New Orleans is canoeing this trip in honor of his uncle, Mitch Hamon who died too early of heart disease. Dom has shared with me some valuable advice and encouragement for my trip.
Jim Karpowicz, co-founder of Missouri River Relief and employed by The Documentary Group. In partnership with Tom Newcomb, camera man for CBS in STL and founder of Black Truck Pictures. These two can be found making documentary videos for The Missouri Department of Conservation, among other things. Big thanks for shooting a promo video for me on January 12.
Heidi Branaugh, our very own Missouri River events and party planner, is orchestrating a Love Your Big Muddy Blues Benefit. Heidi is always out front in supporting the expedition on Facebook as well. It’s the little “likes” and “comments” that help make things happen.
Maryellen Self has been a wonderful supporter and motivator with her consistent comments on this blog. Thanks Maryellen for your positive believing!
My darling daughter, Haley Rose Moreland, who is my reality check, moral support, creative consultant, and vehicle shuttle crew. Our drive to Montana will be our first trip taken anywhere out of Missouri together.
Dave Bandy: Home support and feeder of the dogs and cats.