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Corporation announces it will donate $100,000 to races

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Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Call it turbo-support.

Hydroplane racing, ready to return to Lake Coeur d'Alene on Labor Day weekend, received a big boost Thursday when organizers announced Hagadone Corp. is the latest business to financially support the races.

"The bottom line is the Hagadone Corp. is pleased to announce we're going to throw in another $100,000," Brad Hagadone, the company's president, said during a sponsor barbecue at Riverstone. "It's good to be a part of it."

The financial pledge is the latest piece of good news in what's been a month of glad tidings for race organizers, who announced several weeks ago that the races would return to Silver Beach off East Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive over the holiday weekend.

So there's no question: The races are definitely on.

"It's very exciting this thing is coming to fruition," said John Stone, Riverstone developer and Coeur d'Alene Diamond Cup Regatta board member. "It's a great thing for the community."

Hagadone was a former board member as well, and said he's pleased to be back helping organizers make the races happen. His father, Duane Hagadone, was an original board member when the races roared across Lake Coeur d'Alene four decades ago.

"He'd like to see the races on Lake Coeur d'Alene again," Brad Hagadone said of his father. "I couldn't be happier you guys put the effort forth."

One area that still needs help? Volunteers. With 75 committed, organizers are hoping for 125 more.

The H1 Unlimited event will feature sanctioned races, as well as exhibition runs Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.

Parking will be available at the North Idaho Fairgrounds, and shuttles will take spectators to Silver Beach. Vintage limited and unlimited hydroplanes will provide exhibition runs.

Doug Miller, Diamond Cup chairman and fellow team members Stone, Keith Kroetch, John Condon, Doug Knight, Darren Prouty, Rob Bloem and Pat Stroud, complete the board.

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  • straight up posted at 9:23 am on Sat, Jun 29, 2013.

    straight up Posts: 967

    Yikes! The mayor and her pretty-people minions must be all in a lather over this.

    After all some of dem dar spectators probably drive Pontiacs and drink Dr. Pepper straight from the can.

    How will Coeur d'Alene ever survive the onslaught?

    Will the water-facing tower dwellers need to install black out curtains and sound installation on their patio doors?

    Lock up the women folk and children. There WILL be blue collar families invading the city and some will likely stray onto Sherman Avenue.

    THEY'LL BE HERE SOON!!!!!!!!!

    Oh, the humanity!

  • concernedcitizen posted at 2:25 pm on Fri, Jun 28, 2013.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530


    This area is full of K/A's that wanna play in the big boy sandbox riding around on coat tails. The stakeholders can never do any wrong in their eyes.


  • voxpop posted at 2:04 pm on Fri, Jun 28, 2013.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    "Sturgis hosts 500,000 bikers with no problems."

    Just who are you kidding. Crime goes up exponentially in Sturgis when all the bikers are there. Drugs, drunk driving, accidents, and arrests - exactly what you'll get in Cda. But what does Hagadone care. As long as downtown businesses gets their shekels. The taxpayers can pick up the tab for any problems.

  • stroud09 posted at 11:22 am on Fri, Jun 28, 2013.

    stroud09 Posts: 28

    Just wonderful to see the upbeat members of the community here. Seattle gets 350K for their event. Tri-cities 127k. Sturgis hosts 500,000 bikers with no problems. Seems like we should be able to have a nice time in our community with out problems?

  • Ziggy posted at 11:06 am on Fri, Jun 28, 2013.

    Ziggy Posts: 1295

    I keep seeing pictures in my mind of the "old hydroplane" races and police with firehoses. It was a sight to behold. Hopefully the local populace is more gentile now?

  • mister d posted at 8:46 am on Fri, Jun 28, 2013.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Apologize or not Bruce, your comments are correct. Duane was part of that group that tried to secretly donate money to attack public education. It was nice a judge intervened and determined their act illegal which let us know how Duane felt about teachers.

  • bruce wayne posted at 8:05 am on Fri, Jun 28, 2013.

    bruce wayne Posts: 120


    You re right. Brent Regan and his gang have riled me up.

    I apologize. Bashing out at everything is not good and makes me one of them.

  • SamuelStanding posted at 7:34 am on Fri, Jun 28, 2013.

    SamuelStanding Posts: 621

    And by limiting access from the former boat launch area, spectators will be paying $10 a pop to view the races! It's all business, right! Good thing that Sandy Bloem and co-horts stampeded the McEuen debacle forward. Is Hagadone giving the City Council partners free passes to the event?

  • librtyhuntr posted at 7:13 am on Fri, Jun 28, 2013.

    librtyhuntr Posts: 317

    jeez brucey chillax , you're going to give yourself an aneurysm it's nice to have a little distraction for the people, entertainment is always good, is it always political and negative with you,take a zanax fool!

  • bruce wayne posted at 2:44 am on Fri, Jun 28, 2013.

    bruce wayne Posts: 120

    Good stuff. That 100 g will help out the local economy. What about the fact that if we raise the quality of education (INVEST IN EDUCATION) it will attract more business people and people in the medical field to live and send their kids to cda schools. Of course you could just put money in a political PAC to support the Luna Laws and try to make $ off public ed.

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