Jay Van Vechten
Now in its eighth year, the Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities, known simply as "The Bash," is the nation’s largest annual, free, fun event for people with physical and/or intellectual challenges. The next Bash will be held Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Spanish River Park on A1A in Boca Raton, Florida. Started in 2009, Bash attendance now hovers around 5,000 guests from across Florida and beyond. The Bash brings together kids, adults and wounded warriors, along with their caregivers, for a totally free, fun outing at one of the most beautiful parks in Florida. For many guests, this is the one day of the year when they can have fun without feeling different. The Bash is made possible by 500 volunteers from every sector of the community, including colleges, high schools, churches, synagogues, civic clubs and local industry. In addition to the sporting aspects of the event, guests receive free park admission, boat rides aboard private yachts, a BBQ lunch, nonstop concert performances, arts and crafts lessons, and much more. Despite the outpouring of volunteer support from the community, monetary donations are running low this year. The Bash requires approximately $50,000 in donations with 100% of the funding going towards food, rentals, equipment, permits, tents, supplies, and a number of other costs. The Bash is entirely a volunteer effort. Hosted by the American Disabilities Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, none of its organizers are compensated for the extensive time and energy they put into making it possible. With only four weeks left before the Bash kicks off, event organizers are still seeking to raise $25,000 in necessary funding. Please consider contributing to make this very special day possible for thousands of people who are excited to attend. Thank you so much for your time, interest, and consideration. We genuinely appreciate it.