The Jack Beatty Memorial Hospice Cruise and Clambake, held on July 13, continued its tradition of entertainment, food and leisurely sailing or power-boating up the Niagara River, all to benefit Niagara Hospice. The event, celebrating its 19th year, raised $34,823.
A donation, presented on the evening of Oct. 11 at Niagara Hospice in Lockport, will go toward the purchase of a new ambulette to transport patients. The new vehicle features a wheelchair lift and will be used to bring patients to and from area hospitals, patient's homes, and Niagara Hospice House.
Once again, the Youngstown Yacht Club was the setting for the event, which featured local skippers and crews from various marinas on Lake Ontario donating their time and boats to take participants on a cruise up the Lower Niagara River - all while enjoying food and drinks, and listening to The Junk Yard Dogs play music on a pontoon boat. The three-hour cruise was followed by a clambake featuring a cookout, basket and silent auctions, and more live music by Soul Committee.
"Lori (Burns) and I, along with Paul Beatty Sr., are very grateful for all of the support and thank the generous people, businesses and organizations that continue to make the event a success each year," event co-chair Adam Burns said.
The 20th annual event will be held Friday, July 12, 2019, at the Youngstown Yacht Club. Save the date for this milestone celebration. Registration will open Jan. 1 at www.niagarahospiceregatta.com
. The cruise portion of the event is expected to sell out as it has the past three years due to the limited amount of boats. Those who own a boat that can take more than six guests and would like to participate can contact Maureen Rizzo at Niagara Hospice at 716-280-0728. To sponsor, donate items or volunteer, contact Rizzo at [email protected]
for additional information. For more, visit www.niagarahospiceregatta.com
Since 1988, Niagara Hospice has provided end-of-life comfort, care and support to more than 25,000 Niagara County individuals and families faced with terminal illness. For more information, visit www.NiagaraHospice.org
or call 716-439-4417.
Boats join together on the water during The Jack Beatty Memorial Hospice Cruise and Clambake.