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Wakefest 2016 benefits man with cystic fibrosis

The competition included 60 athletes (Source: WALB) The competition included 60 athletes (Source: WALB)
Proceeds go to Lee Poupard who is battling cystic fibrosis (Source: WALB) Proceeds go to Lee Poupard who is battling cystic fibrosis (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

For the 7th straight summer Wakefest has not only brought some great competition to Albany, but has also benefited a family in need.

Wake boarders hit the flint river Saturday morning for a great cause.

This year all of the proceeds will go to the family of 26-year-old Dawson native Lee Poupard, who is battling cystic fibrosis.

The heat didn't deter folks from showing up. 60 riders came out to compete, and hundreds of spectators donated while enjoying the food, fun, and wakeboarding.

Admission was free out at Turner Landing Park, and the event lasted up until 5 p.m.

Wakefest organizer Adam Gilbert said putting the day together couldn't have been done without Lee Poupard's mother, Louann.

"Anything we asked her to do, she did it," said Gilbert. "It was anything from picking up sponsors to commercials and getting people aware of Wakefest. She did all the led work on that and brought so many new faces to Wakefest. And that's the point of it. to help it grow and to help it succeed and multiply in numbers."

Poupard's mother was ecstatic when she found out her family would be involved this summer.

"When Adam called me and said they picked Lee for the sponsorship this year," said Louann. "I told him you're going to make me cry, and he said 'No ma'am we got work to do' so we went to work and it's just amazing how the people and businesses have turned out to support us. This is one big family.'"

Wakefest concluded the weekend's events after dark with a concert at Chehaw Park.

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