The 18th annual Jack Beatty Memorial Cruise and Clambake, held July 14, continued its tradition of lively entertainment, food and leisurely sailing, all to benefit Niagara Hospice patients. The event, now in its 18th year, raised funds to support the programs and services of Niagara Hospice. A skipper's check presentation will be in October at Niagara Hospice.
The Youngstown Yacht Club once again hosted the event. Local skippers and crews from various marinas on Lake Ontario donated their time and boats to take participants out on the lower Niagara River. Cruisers enjoyed music from The Junk Yard Dogs Band, which played on the water while the participants sailed. The three-hour cruise was followed by a cookout featuring a clambake, live music by Soul Committee, basket auctions and cash raffles.
Co-chairs Lori and Adam Burns, along with Paul Beatty Sr. and family, said they are grateful for all of the support and thank the people, businesses and organizations that continue to make the event a success each year.
Proceeds from the cruise and clambake provide revenue for Niagara Hospice to use in its work with individuals and families dealing with end-of-life illnesses. Since 1988, Niagara Hospice has served over 25,000 Niagara County residents and their families.