The event donates every dollar and donation received to Operation Get Out, which is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
AUSTIN, Texas – The Get Out Girl Surf and Paddle Jam is a female-only fundraising event to help not only empower women and girls, but to raise money to promote positive mental health through the outdoors.
For the ninth year in a row, the Get Out Girl Surf and Paddle Jam took place at Steiner Ranch to help promote positive mental health through water-based activities. Over the course of two days, participants learned how to wake surf and paddle on the lake.
Although registration for the in-person water events is closed, those who want to donate and participate can register for the virtual event. The organization also offers community members the opportunity to sponsor a female first responder by paying for their admission to the event.
The event donates every dollar and donation received Operation Exit, which is a 501c3 non-profit organization. OGO offers purposeful nature and water events, outings and retreats for first responders, military, nurses and surviving family members for positive mental well-being.
OGO was created by the families and friends of Kristin McLain, a Travis County StarFlight Rescue Nurse, and Jessica Hollis, a Travis County Senior Deputy, as a way to share the “common mind and heart of the ‘blues'” that had these two women. according to the event’s website.
The two-day event is held in memory of McLain and Hollis, “both of whom dedicated their lives to serving others by using water for its positive impact on mental and physical well-being,” the website detailed.