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Submitted by Niagara Hospice
After a three-year hiatus, the Jack Beatty Memorial Hospice Cruise and Clambake is back for its 21st year. The event is scheduled for Friday, July 14, at the historic Youngstown Yacht Club, come rain or shine. The longtime fundraiser benefits Niagara Hospice, and allows the community the chance to enjoy the summer season in an ideal way, out on the open water, all while giving back to Niagara Hospice.
For two decades, the members of the Youngstown Yacht Club and skippers around Western New York generously donate their boats and time to take attendees up the Niagara River for an unforgettable sail.
During the sail, participants can indulge in snacks and drinks provided by the boat owners, and will also enjoy live music by The Junkyard Dogs, who will perform right on the river for passing boats.
Following the sailing portion of the event, the good times continue with a clambake and buffet featuring live music by Soul Committee. The evening will wrap up with an auction that offers gifts generously donated by local businesses and community members.
“Nothing pleases me more than sharing the great news that this event has returned for 2023,” Chairman Paul Beatty Sr. said. “Niagara Hospice has had such a positive impact on so many Niagara County residents, and this event brings the community together in a unique and enjoyable way to raise money for such an integral community organization that means so much to so many.”
Since inception, the Jack Beatty Memorial Hospice Cruise and Clambake has raised over $600,000, thanks to dedicated supporters, both on land and water. Proceeds from the event support significant projects at Niagara Hospice. In 2019, new pull-out couches were purchased for guests of Niagara Hospice House, and 2018’s proceeds secured an ambulette that transports hospice patients to and from local hospitals, their homes, and Niagara Hospice House.
Organizers are anticipating the cruise portion of this year’s event to sell out quickly. Those interested in attending are encouraged to sign up early to secure their spot. Tickets are also available for just the clambake and cookout portion of the event, which will begin around 5:30 p.m.
Online registration, pricing information and further details can be found at www.NiagaraHospice.org/cruise. To volunteer, offer sponsorship, place an ad or donate an auction item, contact Paul Beatty Sr. at 716-860-2854, or Allison Bolt at 716-280-0766.