Hope on the River In the News
The Waterways Journal
Erich Mische chuckles a little when you ask him how his pontoon boat trip down the Mississippi River is going. “It has been the adventure of a lifetime, not always the adventure I expected, but the adventure of a lifetime,” he said.
Erich Mische isn’t used to being on the water. He has his makeshift boat — a garden shed from Home Depot built on top of a 52-year-old pontoon frame — tied up to the dock for the river ferry just outside of Hickman, Kentucky, next to the Mississippi River.
Erich Mische is raising money for Spare Key — a “helping hand” not-for-profit — by floating down the Mississippi River in a 1,700-mile, two-month, 10-state journey from his home in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
At the end of 2019, Kentucky welcomed the non-profit, Spare Key, as a registered organization to provide commonwealth families with the financial support they need to pay major bills when faced with critical illnesses or serious injuries.
A Minnesota man traveling the Mississippi River for a good cause made a stop in Cape Girardeau Sunday night, marking about halfway of his 1,700 mile trip from St. Paul to Baton Rouge on a homemade raft, risking it all for a charity called Spare Key.
At the end of 2019, Kentucky welcomed the non-profit Spare Key as a registered organization to provide commonwealth families with the financial support they need to pay major bills when faced with critical illnesses or serious injuries.
The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic forced a landlubber onto the mighty Mississippi in a makeshift raft that takes on water.
WXOW La Crosse
Erich Mische docked his homemade raft at Pettibone Boat Club as he travels down the Mississippi River on a 1,700-mile journey to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Hope on the River raft gets repairs, upgrades in Red Wing. Mische expects to spend two months floating from St. Paul to Louisiana.
Twin Cities Live
Erich Mische, the Executive Director of Spare Key is floating down the Mississippi to Louisiana on a boat he built himself! He talked with Steve and Elizabeth about his trip!
With the help and support of some river veterans, the executive director of a Twin Cities nonprofit that helps families facing medical crises hopes to raise money by floating down the length of the Mississippi River beginning August 27.
Minnesota-based non-profit Spare Key helps families across the U.S., including in Iowa, that is facing a financial loss due to a medical crisis. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, CEO Erich Mische said the funding has dropped significantly.
Spare Key executive director Erich Mische will do whatever it takes to ensure his St. Paul-based nonprofit survives the economic strains of the coronavirus pandemic — even if that means boarding an 8-by-12-foot raft built on a 50-year-old pontoon for a solo two-month, 1,700-mile fundraising journey down the Mississippi River.
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