Crossroads United Way race makes another big splash

Event kicks off local organization's annual fundraiser

Crossroads United Way makes a big splash with 12th annual Great Cardboard Boat Race


ELKHART, Indiana – This year, Crossroads United Way had 49 teams compete in The Great Cardboard Boat Race; the highest number of boats signed up since the boat race started. The festivities included food trucks and a special 100th anniversary celebration featuring 100 confetti cannons and a Garrison flag raised by the Elkhart Fire Department to mark a century since Crossroads United Way was founded.  

Teams spent weeks, sometimes months, perfecting their designs and construction methods to create a boat that will not only float, but also sail smoothly around LaSalle Bristol’s Pond as the boats were made entirely out of cardboard and duct tape. 

The event raised money and awareness for Crossroads United Way and is part of the organization’s annual workplace fundraising campaign. The event was a huge success, raising more than any other year in the history of the boat race. Money is still being tallied up, but the preliminary count showed that the event generated over $107,000. Major event sponsors included: Barletta Boats, LaSalle Bristol, NIBCO, and Welch Packaging. 

The overall race winner was Welch Packaging (Top Gun). With Himco (SS Basura) winning the Cardboard Crusader Trophy. 

Other winners were:

Judges Choice Award: Welch Packaging (Top Gun)

Most Donations: ASA Electronics (Rock on the Water) & Old National Bank (Livin’ on a Prayer)

People’s Choice Award: LaSalle Bristol teams

Live United Award: LaSalle Bristol (Miami Vice)

Wonder That Went Down Under Award: Lippert (Statue of Lipperty)

About the Organization:

Crossroads United Way has been fighting for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community since 1922.