Whether you love to sail or prefer to keep your feet on solid ground, the 17th annual Jack Beatty Memorial Hospice Cruise and Clambake has something for everyone. The rain-or-shine event is scheduled for Friday, July 15, at the Youngstown Yacht Club.
Members of the Youngstown Yacht Club, along with other skippers from around Western New York, will once again generously donate their boats and time to take cruise participants for an afternoon sail up the Niagara River.
During the sail, participants will enjoy snacks and drinks provided by boat owners, along with live music by The Junkyard Dogs, who will play on the river for passengers sailing by. After the sail, the fun continues with a clambake and buffet with all the trimmings, featuring live music by Soul Committee. The evening continues with a silent auction with gifts donated by local businesses and community members.
With a sellout record of 39 boats and 238 participants, the event raised a record of $42,000 in 2015. All proceeds benefit Niagara Hospice.
"This is a terrific event and we are so thankful to the numerous businesses and everyone in the community who make it such a great success year after year," co-chair Adam Burns said. "We are looking forward to another great year in 2016. It is such a great time for a very worthy cause."
Due to a record number of attendees in 2015, organizers anticipate the cruise portion of the event to sell out for the third year in a row. Partygoers are encouraged to sign up early so they don't miss the boat. Landlubbers and people working during the day also can partake in the events. Tickets are available for just the clambake and cookout, which begins around 5:30 p.m. Details and online registration can be found at www.niagarahospiceregatta.com.
To volunteer, sponsor, place an ad, donate items or get more information for the event, contact Burns at [email protected] or Niagara Hospice Advancement Coordinator Maureen Rizzo at [email protected]. Rizzo can also be reached at 716-280-0728.
Niagara Hospice has provided end-of-life comfort, care and support since 1988 to over 25,000 Niagara County individuals and families faced with terminal illness. For more information, visit www.NiagaraHospice.org or call 716-HOSPICE.