Life jackets donated for CBMM’s auction boats
ST. MICHAELS — Through a grant from the Miles River Yacht Club Foundation, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will be addressing boater safety at its Sept. 2 Charity Boat Auction by providing free life jackets with boats auctioned off at the event.
“Thanks to the generosity of the MRYC Foundation, all our motored and large sailing auction boats will be equipped with a four-pack of life jackets,” CBMM President Kristen Greenaway said. “Both our organizations are passionate about being safe out on the Chesapeake, and this gift facilitates that in a meaningful way.”
The MRYC Foundation makes grants of funds and equipment to nonprofit organizations that offer maritime-focused educational programs. In the MRYC Foundation’s first five years, more than $300,000 in grants were made to 25 nonprofit organizations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
“We want people to be able to experience all the Chesapeake Bay has to of fer,” said Marshall Patterson, chairman of the MRYC Foundation. “Our hope is that these life jackets will allow them to do so in a safe way.”
On Saturday, Sept. 2, more than 100 boats — ranging in size and performance from sailing dinghies to cabin cruisers and everything in between — will be in the water and on land to be auctioned off to the highest bidders at CBMM’s 20th annual Charity Boat Auction.
All auction boats are listed at cbmm.org/auctionboats, with updates made daily as more boats are donated to CBMM. The website also includes auction rules and information on how to place an advanced or sealed bid.
Guests can preview all the auction boats at the museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, and Friday, Sept. 1, with advance bids accepted until 2 p.m. Sept. 1. Boats also can be previewed beginning at 8 a.m. Sept. 2, with the live auction starting at 11 a.m. Barbecue will be available for purchase at 10 a.m., with beer available at 10:30 a.m.
For safety reasons, nonser vice dogs need to be kept home or on boats during CBMM festivals, including the Charity Boat Auction. Leashed dogs are permitted on CBMM’s campus only during nonfestival days.
Proceeds from the rain-orshine event benefit the children and adults served by CBMM. To donate a boat or for a fully updated listing of the boats up for auction, call 410-745-4942 or email kwal email@example.com.
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will issue sets of life jackets with power boats and large sail craft auctioned off at its Saturday, Sept. 2, Charity Boat Auction. The life jackets were purchased through a grant from the Miles River Yacht Club Foundation. Both organizations support boater safety, especially for children, through educational and outreach programming. From left are Charity Boat Donation program associate at CBMM Joshua Mills; Marshall Patterson, chairman of the MRYC Foundation; and CBMM Charity Boat Donation Director Todd Taylor. For a current list of donated boats included in CBMM’s auction, visit cbmm.org/auctionboats or call 410-745-4942.