BENEFITING: Rocking the Boat, Inc.
ORGANIZER: Rocking the Boat, Inc.
EVENT: Rocking Manhattan 2016
EVENT DATE: Sep 17, 2016
Rocking the Boat teaches the art of wooden boat building to teens in the South Bronx, and then uses the boats for environmental work on the Bronx River. In the fourteen years since I first became familiar with this wonderful organization, I have seen it expand and impact more and more lives, and have personally witnessed the growth of many teens into young adults bound for colleges and/or vocations that they might not otherwise have dreamed of pursuing.
But don't just believe me. Rocking the Boat has been on the receiving end of some fabulous accolades in the media. If you look at just a couple of these, I think you will agree that the organization is making a difference in a very special way.
RTB holds an annual fund raiser called Rocking Manhattan, in which teams row around the island of Manhattan (29 miles) over the course of a day (about 8 hours of rowing, with a few breaks). Many of you know that have participated this event for the last two years.
Thanks to a recent leg infection that put me in the hospital a few weeks ago (yes, I trying to garner sympathy) this year was in doubt until yesterday. But while I've decided it would be sheer insanity to perform the full circumnavigation, I also can't miss a year, so I'll be joining the Rocking The Boat team for the first two legs, from Brooklyn Bridge Park, up the East River, up the Harlem River, through Spuyten Duvil, and back down about a mile of the Hudson to Dyckman Street.
Why? Because of the organization we are supporting. They are so inspirational, that I am proud to play even a minor role in helping to raise awareness and support for them.
To those of you who have already supported them through my efforts, I thank you tremendously, and assure you that the cause is more than worthy. To everyone else, I ask you to take a look at their web site, and the accolades they have received in the press. If you are as impressed as I think you will be, then I'll ask you to help me reach my fundraising target.
f you want more details, feel free to check out the event info on the RockingManhattan site.
I hope you will consider supporting me in this effort by visiting my participant page. (Your donation is tax-deductible)
Thanks for listening