Boyne Thunder:   20 Years of Giving Back

20 Years of Big Boats, Big Crowds, Big Dollars

Once again, the Boyne Thunder powerboat poker run outdid itself in fun, excitement and fundraising, during the July 2023 Boyne City event, for the benefit of three local nonprofits.

This is Boyne Thunder’s 20th anniversary and Challenge Mountain’s 11th year as a beneficiary.  Boyne Thunder event coordinator, Ingrid Day, presented a check for $15,263.15 to Challenge Mountain Executive Director Elizabeth Gertz at October Boyne City Main Street board meeting. (Camp Quality, a week-long overnight camp experience for children battling cancer, is the other recipient.)

“It’s hard to describe just how much Challenge Mountain programs benefit from Boyne Thunder’s generosity,” says Gertz. “This funding covers adaptive recreational programs like biking, skiing, boating, equine therapy and arts-focused activities for our participants, plus so much more,” Gertz adds. “We are always so grateful to add this support as part of our annual fundraising.”

Boyne Thunder’s threefold mission provides an up-close-and-personal look at million dollar high-speed power boats, ranging from 22 to 55 feet; a fundraising opportunity for local non-profits; and a high-profile event to promote Boyne City and northwest Michigan.

Besides the 150-mile poker route ranging between Elk Rapids, Harbor Springs and the towns and villages in-between, Boyne Thunder features welcome parties, Friday night street show, outdoor film, live music, and participant dinner.

Pictured: Event Coordinator, Ingrid Day, (pictured left) was pleased to present checks from this year’s proceeds – over $153,000 in total with 60% to Becki Follette, Camp Quality; and 10% to Elizabeth Gertz, Challenge Mountain, (pictured right) at the October Boyne City Main Street Board meeting; the remaining 30% supports Boyne City Main Street programs.













Challenge Mountain is a non-profit 501c3 organization with Tax ID 38-2563815.

Started in 1984, Challenge Mountain removes barriers and supports social inclusion through adaptive recreation for children, youth and adults living with physical and cognitive disabilities. Activities include adaptive skiing and biking, nature and cultural activities, art programs, equine therapy and numerous other life-enriching programs.