Life jack­ets do­nated for CBMM’s auc­tion boats

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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 pole@cbmm.org.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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.

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