Proceeds From Summer Boat Raffle to Benefit CLA

Proceeds From Summer Boat Raffle to Benefit CLA

The Bemus Bay Pops announced that the Chautauqua Lake Association will be the beneficiary for their 2013 Crownline 21SS boat raffle this summer. Partial proceeds from the raffle will be awarded to the CLA to assist with maintenance and cleaning of nuisance aquatic vegetation on Chautauqua Lake.

The raffle begins this month and will continue throughout the summer with the winning ticket being pulled on September 1 at the Aquapopsaloza event at the Bemus Bay Pops Floating Stage. The winner will have the option of a new 2013 Crownline 21SS boat or $20,000 in cash.

“The Bemus Bay Pops recognizes the importance and effort required to keep our lake clean and maintained,” said Dan Dalpra, owner of the Italian Fisherman and Founder/CEO of the Bemus Bay Pops. “The CLA has an enormous task maintaining our lake and in our effort to collaborate with other not for profit organizations we wanted the proceeds to help that cause,” said Dalpra. This year, the crew at Bemus Bay Pops decided to focus their efforts on a cause that will help everyone in the region.

“We’re very appreciative that the Bemus Bay Pops have chosen us to receive partial proceeds from their summer raffle,” said Doug Conroe, President of the CLA. “Every dollar helps, and in this instance every ticket sale will help,” he said. Tickets are available throughout the summer at the Italian Fisherman, Century 21, Holiday Harbor, Hogan’s Hut and other locations to be determined.

The Crownline 21SS boat comes from Holiday Harbor in Celeron. The 21-foot boat comes fully equipped with a 4.3 Mercruiser-Alpha Drive engine, 102-inch beam and seating for up to 10 adults. The family boat is valued at $54,000 but tickets to win are only $10 a piece. Aquapopsalosa, the event where the boat winner will be drawn, is the annual end of summer party at the Bemus Bay Pops Floating Stage. Record-breaking boaters gather in the water for this event with more visitors driving in from around the region to enjoy food, music and drinks throughout the DAY.

“We want to thank Mr. Charles Pringle and Holiday Harbor for their commitment to cleaning our lake and for providing access to this great boat,” said Dalpra. “Without them and our other sponsors this event would not be possible,” he said. Other sponsors for the raffle are the Italian Fisherman, Bemus Bay Pops, CLA and Century 21.

For more information about the Chautauqua Lake Association, visit the CLA on the web at or call 716-763-8602. To learn more about the Bemus Bay Pops coming events this summer, visit

The CLA’s mission is to provide effective and efficient lake maintenance services for the benefit of all Chautauqua Lake users. As the “Stewards of the Lake,” the CLA serves to promote and facilitate the ongoing scientific monitoring of Chautauqua Lake and its ecosystem.

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