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Vblog | Boys and Girls Club Yacht Hop Rendezvous

Vblog | Boys and Girls Club Yacht Hop Rendezvous

Welcome to Newport Living and Lifestyles
I’m Christon and joining us today is Joe Pratt from the Boys and Girls Club and
Jennifer Saia from B&B yacht charters and we’re going to talk a little bit
today about an event coming up on August 9th Christon, well this is our 6th
annual Newport Yacht rendezvous. It’s our signature event our largest fundraiser
of the year we’re expecting 400 guests to
join us this year. Wow! and we’re real fortunate as our signature event we
raise money to support the Boys and Girls Club in our programs and this year
we’re going to hold a special raise the paddle which is going to be aimed to
support our Camp Grosvenor. How much money do we expect to raise this year? good question obviously we rely on our generosity of
our friends they’ve been very generous in the past over the six years we’ve
raised 1.2 million. The average is about two hundred thousand a year so we’re hopeful, but the raise the paddle portion is gonna be targeted at the camp. Camp Grosvenor is a hundred-acre outdoor camp located in Saunderstown Rhode Island. We serve
this year our largest year and since I’ve been at Boys and Girls Club we have
200 campers per week joining us they can experience everything from the
waterfront paddle boards canoes kayaking swimming a 45 foot high twisting helix
Tower. Oh my gosh! I was gonna say, count me in until he just said that!. If you’re scared of heights we also have a hi-low ropes course again 45 feet high where we harnessed the kids in
they learn team building and trust. Wonderful programs really a great outdoor
experience where they make friends for life and in the kids come from every
community where the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County. We’re serving Newport
Middletown Portsmouth Jamestown and our camp is in Saunderstown Rhode Island.
We’re serving kids from Westerly, South Kingstown and North Kingstown. Really grown and I think a direct tribute to the staff, we have the best
staff of any club in the country. They’re really delivering it and that’s
why the kids stay. They form relationships with the staff. That’s so important. I can remember growing up and I’m still keeping some of my teachers near and dear to my heart. It’s really
one of the key elements for the programs we do. Our mission is to enable all
youth to achieve their full potential. and we serve all youth, but we do our best to never turn anyone away because of finances so we serve the ones that are
most at risk and when you look around us we’re living in this beautiful community.
Yachts and beautiful scenery. However Newport’s a real dichotomy, you
know, we have great wealth but we have great poverty. The poverty in the city of
Newport is 15% across the city. If you take a left when you come into Newport
off the bridge. The poverty in the northern part of the city is 45% It’s so great
that you guys are doing such great things for the community. If people want
to get involved and help sponsor, participate in events, where can they
find you. They can find us on the web or call 401.847.6927 Oh, that’s his mobile number! It might not be, I just joking…. I would encourage it. If folks haven’t been to the club in a long time, it’s changed significantly. We have a wonderful board, Jennifer is
one of our board members, really doing great work in the community. We’ve
invested a million and a half in our facilities, the camp, our local facilities serving
more kids than ever. We serve twenty thousand meals a year, provide
transportation to and from the club. Really making sure the kids that need it
most get it. In Newport we talked about the dichotomy, 65% of the kids qualify for free reduced lunch, 42% of the
kids single-parent households, 32% of the kids are chronically absent. That’s touching, touching numbers. There’s a real need there. The best way to make a difference is to get involved. A really great way for you guys to raise funds is the Yacht Hop Rendezvous. Yes!
the Newport Yacht Rendezvous and I was involved with the Boys and Girls Club of
Broward County Florida. I moved up here 6 years ago. I had no idea of the
need. I really always thought that it was just a wealthy wealthy community. The
Yacht Hop in Broward County that’s been going on over 25 years. It’s such a
significant event there, and I’ve said why don’t we do it here! There’s nobody that does this here . We go to these unbelievable galas in all these
beautiful mansions but they’re all pretty much the same . This brings out like
just a diverse group of people with definitely the high net worth
individuals. You go from yacht to yacht to yacht. Each boat has a theme
and a signature cocktail ( You would think I have had one already! ) The yacht crew really get into it.
It’s really fun ! How many yachts do you have this year ? This year we have
9 vessels and they’re from 41 feet to 112. A diverse group of boats, a Westport, a Hatteras, we’ve got a dinner cruise boat, we’ve got a really beautiful nostalgic vessel that’s 58 feet, it’s called Goddess I think I am one! I like that! My nickname is, Yacht Queen, any way. One of the things that is real special is. as the guests come in you know they come down the entrance way, the kids from the club greet them, so the kids are there welcoming them and
escorting them to the to the vessels if you will. We might be inspiring the next yacht captain or at least a yacht engineer we
need more yacht crew. There you go, so I’ve been asked several times, what do
you wear this year? Nautical chic. It’s from preppy to very very traditional yacht attire, but please slip on, slip off shoes. It’s very
difficult to go from boat to boat to boat if you have to untie your shoes. Actually don’t wear socks guys. because if you go up and down the stairs
you might slip. OK, good to note. Any thing else that we should make note of? Christon, I would, one thing we want to add, is this year is a special year for us, we’re honoring a
former board member Rocky Kempenaar. He was on the board for 20-plus years, a
longtime volunteer supporter, benefactor of the club, just a wonderful supporter
in the community. Really special night for him and for us. Join us, see the kids, learn more about the club. We are sold out right? We’re
fortunate to be in a great community. Thanks guys, we look forward to seeing
you on Newport Living and Lifestyles

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