JACK BEATTY MEMORIAL HOSPICE CRUISE AND CLAMBAKE RAISES THOUSANDS
Event raises record amount in its 16th year
The Jack Beatty Memorial Cruise and Clambake, held Friday July 10 to benefit Niagara Hospice, continued its tradition of great entertainment, delicious food, and leisurely sailing and power boating up the Niagara River. Now in its 16th year, the event raised a record amount of $41,989.34 that was presented to Niagara Hospice on October 7.
The Youngstown Yacht Club was the setting for the event that featured local skippers and crews from various marinas on Lake Ontario who donated their time and boats to take participants on a cruise up the Lower Niagara River. All enjoyed food, drinks, and music performed by The Junk Yard Dogs Band. The three hour cruise was followed by a clambake cookout, a silent auction and basket raffle, and more live music by Soul Committee.
Event co-chairs Lori and Adam Burns, Melanie and Gary Tisdale, along with the Beatty family all expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support from the community. Adam Burns said, "The Youngstown Yacht Club, all of the skippers, crews, volunteers, and many generous people, local businesses, and organizations truly make this event possible. We are extremely thankful for their support year after year. This year the cruise also set a record of 37 sailboats and powerboats that hosted over 228 participants floating down the Niagara River. This event is a great time as well as a great fundraiser for Niagara Hospice. We also had an additional 100 people for the clambake/cookout following the cruise."
Next year's cruise and clambake will be held Friday, July 15th at the Youngstown Yacht Club. Save the date and be sure you don't miss the boat and shore side fun. Visit www.niagarahospiceregatta.com for registration, information and updates, and look for brochures that will be placed in early 2016. Planning is well underway, if you would like to help make this event another great success through a sponsorship or other donation, contact event coordinator Maureen Rizzo at Niagara Hospice, 280-0728 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Niagara Hospice has provided end-of-life comfort, care and support since 1988 to over 25,000 Niagara County individuals, and their families, faced with terminal illness. No one is ever denied hospice care due to inability to pay. For more information, visit www.NiagaraHospice.org or call 716-439-4417.