Winner of the First Annual Suellen G. Gargalli Junior Sailing Scholarship

Max Hetherington-Young of the Miles River Yacht Club is the winner of the first Annual Suellen G. Gargalli Junior Sailing Scholarship from the MRYC Foundation! Max grew up in a three-generation family of Snipe sailors competing in events all over the East Coast. Just 4 years ago, Max joined the Miles River Yacht Club Junior Sail Program where he excelled as an Optimist racer. Besides racing Optis around the Bay, Max also competed in numerous Snipe regattas including the 2016 US Junior Nationals where he came in 2nd with his friend, Christian.

Congratulations to Max! He exemplifies the character and seamanship that the Suellen G. Gargalli Junior Sailing Scholarship hopes to encourage – An excellent racer and a great team member.

The Suellen G. Gargalli Junior Sailing Scholarship is an endowed scholarship awarded each year to the sailor or sailors who best represent their Eastern Shore Club in racing on the Chesapeake Bay. The MRYC Foundation is proud to support Junior Sailing and The Suellen G. Gargalli Junior Sailing Scholarship!

For more information on this or other scholarships, or how to support
the Foundation, visit: http://mrycfoundation.org/

The MRYC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) established in 2010 to promote and support youth-oriented competitive sailing and swimming and maritime-focused educational activities.

SOS Gingerbread House Featured in Christmas in St. Michaels Competition

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SOS Gingerbread House Front View

The community pools are closed for the season but it is not too early to give a Talbot County child a gift that lasts a life. The Miles River Yacht Club Foundation is raising money for the 2017 “Sink or Swim” program that sponsors free swimming lessons to hundreds of local children.  Jo Batters of St. Michaels says, “Who thinks about swimming in the winter? SOS does.” To show her support of the program, Batters has made a gingerbread house in the shape of a community pool, complete with children swimming and Santa as the lifeguard. She has entered the house in the Christmas in St. Michaels Gingerbread House Competition. The “houses” will be on display at the Woman’s Club of St. Michaels on St. Mary’s Square during the Christmas in St. Michaels celebration December 9-11.

It costs just $46 to teach a local child to swim in community pools in Easton and St. Michaels. Donations to the SOS program can be made by sending a check to Miles River Yacht Club Foundation, Inc., 606A N. Talbot Street, S115, St Michaels, MD 21663, or by visiting www.mrycfoundation.org and clicking on “Donate” to make a secure contribution online.

Third “SOS” Season Finishes on High Note

Enjoying the pool on a hot night

Enjoying the pool on a hot night

More than 900 children learned to swim this summer in Talbot County public pools thanks to the hard work of Bay Hundred Swim Kids instructors and the financial support of donors to the Miles River Yacht Club Foundation’s Sink or Swim (SOS) program.

About 150 young swimmers, their parents and siblings were treated to a picnic and pool party on a recent hot Friday evening at the George Murphy Community Pool in Easton to mark the successful conclusion of the third season of free swimming lessons paid for by SOS. A picnic and pool party is scheduled for swimmers August 19 at the Bay Hundred Community Pool in St. Michaels.

“In the first two years the kids were excited to show their parents what they had learned,” said Trish Payne, executive director of the St. Michaels Community Center, which manages the program. “This year, I am hearing more from the moms who are proud of what their children have achieved, plus it gives them peace of mind.”

The Community Center’s Youth Coordinator Pam Phillips worked with Talbot County Parks and Recreation staffers to administer scheduling for the free lessons. Over its three years the program has taught more than 1,700 children how to swim.

Passing out treats at the Pool Party

Passing out treats at the Pool Party

The SOS initiative began in 2014 with the goal of sponsoring lessons for 50 kids in the Bay Hundred pool. Before that summer was over, it had expanded to include 250 children. Last year, the goal was doubled and 500 more children learned to swim. This year, the program included the George Murphy Community Pool and again the goal was doubled.

Libby Moose, chairman of the MRYC Foundation, said the organization plans to build on the last three years and shoot even higher for 2017. “Swimming is an important life skill that is vital to learn at an early age,” she said. “It can save a child’s life and it gives them the ability to save others. We have helped start an important project that is vital to the community. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we raise the funds to keep it going.”

So far, donors to the MRYC Foundation have given more than $80,000 to support the SOS program. “Our goal is to continue support for SOS and expand it to make sure every child in Talbot County has the opportunity to learn how to swim.”

It costs just $46 to give one child a skill that will last a lifetime. Tax-deductible contributions to SOS can be made online at www.mrycfoundation.org/donate  or by mailing a check to MRYC Foundation SOS, 606A N. Talbot Street, S115, St Michaels, MD.

 

MRYC Foundation Elects New Chair and Members

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Foundation Chairman Elizabeth C. “Libby” Moose

A new chairman and three new members have been elected to serve on the Board of the Miles River Yacht Club Foundation, the charitable organization that has taught hundreds of Talbot County children how to swim over the last three years. The Foundation’s signature “Sink or Swim”program is sponsoring swimming lessons for 1,000 children this summer at public pools in St. Michaels and Easton.

Elizabeth C. “Libby” Moose of Claiborne, the Board’s Vice Chairman, was elected to succeed Dr. Sherry Manning of St. Michaels.Manning has stepped down as chairman after several years of service during which she helped buildthe organization from a concept in 2010 to a substantial contributor to the education and welfare of children on the Eastern Shore.

“We couldn’t have achieved this high level of success in such a short period of time without Sherry’s leadership,” Moose said. “I hope to build on the ideas and goals she helped us bring to reality.”

The Foundation, which is independent of the yacht club, has distributed more than $250,000 to two dozen community groups and organizations that focus on youth maritime sports and education.

Moose said three community leaders with distinguished records of community service focusing on helping children, have been elected to the Foundation Board. Mary Lou McAllister and Bev Pratt of St. Michaels and Deanna Van Skiver of Easton will join the board immediately.

McAllister is the founder of Christmas in St. Michaels, the annual weekend-long series of events that has raised and donated more than $1.5 million to local charities with its primary focus on childcare.  She was also a moving force behind the building of the Bay Hundred Community Pool. Pratt is a former chairman of Christmas in St. Michaels and serves on the founding board of the St. Michaels Classic Motor Museum. Van Skiver was a member of the board of the Talbot County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program that helps look after the interests of children in court custody. She is also active in the Baywater Animal Rescue Program.

The Foundation’s Sink or Swim program was started at the Bay Hundred pool where 750 children were taught to swim during the first two years. This year, the program includes swim lessons at the George Murphy Pool in Easton as well as St. Michaels. It costs just $46 to give a child the life-saving skill of swimming. To help fund SOS and the Foundation’s other community programs go to www.mrycfoundation.org or send contributions to MRYC Foundation, Inc., 606A N. Talbot Street, S115, St. Michaels, MD 21663.

Yacht Club Sailabration Draws Generous Crowd

The excitement of high-speed sailboats racing for the America’s Cup Trophy was the highlight of the Miles River Yacht Club Foundation’s recent annual awards dinner, but the real winners of the night were the hundreds of Talbot County children who will learn to swim this summer because of the generosity of those in attendance.

“We raised $10,000 on the auction alone. That’s enough to teach almost 220 kids how to swim,” said Foundation Chairman Dr. Sherry Manning.

 L to R.  Foundation Board Members Carolyn Martin, Rene Stevenson, Lori Ramsey, Rayona Bennett, Guest of Honor Tucker Thompson, Board Chairman Sherry Manning, Board Members Marshall Patterson and Libby Moose.

L to R. Foundation Board Members Carolyn Martin, Rene Stevenson, Lori Ramsey, Rayona Bennett, Guest of Honor Tucker Thompson, Board Chairman Sherry Manning, Board Members Marshall Patterson and Libby Moose.

Tucker Thompson, a Delmarva native and the TV and public host of the America’s Cup to be held next year in Bermuda, was given the Foundation’s Annual Distinguished Service Award. His presentation of the America’s Cup Race in San Francisco and the upcoming Bermuda competition featured an action-packed video of blazing-fast boats that thrilled the 160 dinner guests.

“Tucker was wonderful and he managed to intersperse pictures of our little kids swimming in his America’s Cup video,” Manning said. 

: MRYC Foundation Photo 1. L to R, Foundation Chairman Dr. Sherry Manning, Tucker Thompson, Foundation Board Member Libby Moose.

MRYC Foundation Photo 1. L to R, Foundation Chairman Dr. Sherry Manning, Tucker Thompson, Foundation Board Member Libby Moose.

The sale of tickets for the April 16 “SAILABRATION” cocktail party and dinner and the generous donations of guests support the Foundation’s “Sink or Swim” program now entering its third successful summer. In the first two years, 775 children were taught how to swim at the Bay Hundred Community Pool in St. Michaels. This year the program is expanding to the George Murphy Pool in Easton and SOS instructors will be teaching an additional 1,000 children life-long skills in the water.

Auctioneer Sandy McAllister kept the crowd entertained while he enticed them to bid on luxury items such as a Miles River Yacht Club burgee signed by America’s Cup skippers, a cruise on the motor yacht Midnight Lace owned by Judge and Mrs. John C. North, cooking lessons by the chef of Scossa, a helicopter ride for four and two nights in Manhattan and a schooner ride to watch America’s Cup trials in May on the Hudson River.

Manning said the corporate sponsors; including Avon Dixon, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Hyatt Hotels and Classic Harbor Lines of New York helped made the evening a success.

It costs just $46 to teach a child to swim. Help the Foundation reach this year’s goal by making a direct, tax-deductible donation to the MRYC Foundation. Contributions can be made securely online at www.mrycfoundation.org or by sending a check to 606A North Talbot Street, Suite 115, St. Michaels, MD 21663. For more information, call 410-21-6792.   

(Photo Captions: MRYC Foundation Photo 1. L to R, Foundation Chairman Dr. Sherry Manning, Tucker Thompson, Foundation Board Member Libby Moose.

 

 

Swim Program Expands, Sets High Goal

“Sink or Swim,” the program sponsored by the Miles River Yacht Club Foundation with the goal of teaching all Talbot County children how to swim, is getting geared up for its third summer of success and expanding to Easton.

In its first two years, the Foundation, working closely with the St. Michaels Community Center, taught 775 children to swim at the Bay Hundred Community Pool. This year the program is being expanded to include swimming lessons at the George Murphy Community Pool in Easton. The goal this summer is to teach 1,000 children to swim.

It costs just $45 to teach a child the life-saving skill.

The Foundation is holding an Awards Dinner on Saturday April 16 to raise money for SOS. This year, America’s Cup TV Host Tucker Thompson will receive the Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award and give a presentation on the exciting 2013 America’s Cup race and the upcoming 2017 Cup to be held in Bermuda. Corporate or Individual Sponsorships are available for $500 to $5,000. Tickets are $125 per person. Contact Philip Webster at piwebster@verizon.net for information about sponsorships. For ticket information, contact Libby Moose at elizabethcmoose@earthlink.net or call 410-916-0473.

Do it for the Kids.

Direct, tax-deductible donations to the MRYC Foundation can be made securely online at www.mrycfoundation.org, by mail at 606A North Talbot Street, Suite 115, St. Michaels, MD 21663 or call 410-21-6792 for more information.

Two Long-Time Sailors Elected to MRYC Foundation’s Board

Dick Cooper

Dick Cooper

Two long-time sailors have been elected to serve on the Miles River Yacht Club Foundation’s Board of Directors. Marshall Patterson, Past Commodore of the Miles River Yacht Club and a veteran log-canoe captain, and Dick Cooper, Past Commodore of the Chesapeake Bay Bermuda 40 Association, joined the board of the non-profit philanthropic organization in January.

“We are thrilled to welcome Marshall and Dick to our board,” Foundation Chair Dr. Sherry Manning said. “Marshall served as a founding member of the Board of Directors and returns after serving as Commodore of the MRYC. Dick comes with a wealth of experience as an award-winning journalist and will help present the Foundation’s work to the community.”

Marshall Patterson

Marshall Patterson

Patterson, of Annapolis, has served for several years as the Principal Race Office for the St. Michaels Wednesday Night Race series and has chaired the MRYC Sail Committee. He is also the skipper of the log canoe Edmee S for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and is the Vice Commodore of the Chesapeake Bay Log Canoe Association.

Cooper, of St. Michaels, is a Pulitzer Prizing-winning journalist and the president of Cooper Media Associates, Inc., a media-consulting firm. His writing and photography are regular features in the Tidewater Times, the Chesapeake Log and other local publications. He and his wife, Pat, have published a photo book, “Eastern Shore Splendor.” A collection of his local writing has been published in the eBook “East of the Chesapeake: Skipjacks, Sailors and Flyboys.” Cooper has sailed the Bay for 40 years.

The MRYC Foundation supports maritime-related sports and education in the region. Since its founding in 2010, the Foundation has given more than $220,000 to help support 23 area groups. In the last two years, the Foundation’s signature Sink-or-Swim (SOS) Program has taught 750 Talbot County children how to swim.
The Foundation is raising funds to support the 2016 SOS program that is expected to teach swimming to an additional 1,000 Talbot County children.

Visit the Foundation’s website, www.mrycfoundation.org for more information. Secure donations can be made online or sent to Miles River Yacht Club Foundation, Inc., 606A N. Talbot Street, S115, St. Michaels, MD 21663.

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500 New Swimmers Graduate from St. Michaels Sink or Swim Program

Five hundred Talbot County youth officially celebrated their graduation on Friday August 14 from the SOS: Sink or Swim program in a Swim Kids’ Celebration Party held from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Bay Hundred Community Pool in St. Michaels. All the new swimmers earned a certificate of accomplishment, and received a free SOS tee shirt to announce their accomplishment. The swimmers and their families enjoyed an evening of swimming, music and food.

The SOS: Sink or Swim program is the signature initiative of the Miles River Yacht Club Foundation, carried out in partnership with the St. Michaels Community Center and Critchlow Atlkins Children’s Center. In a five year period, the MRYC Foundation seeks to teach every Talbot County non-swimmer under 15 how to swim. In its first two years, 775 non-swimmers have become swimmers.

The program addresses the Foundation’s concern that many children and adults on the Eastern Shore do not know how to swim, resulting in numerous drownings every year. Dr. Sherry Manning, Foundation Chairman, said that “we believe that swimming is a basic life skill when you live near the water, as well as being an athletic accomplishment that enriches every child’s life and builds their self confidence.”

Each participating child took part in two weeks of daily swimming lessons between June 29 and August 14 at either the Bay Hundred Community Pool in St. Michaels or the Moton Pool in Easton.

The MRYC Foundation supports organizations that offer youth sailing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, rowing and other maritime-oriented educational programs. In its first four year of grant-making, the Foundation has provided $200,949 in grants to 23 nonprofit organizations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

MRYC Foundation Directors gather at the August 14th SOS” Sink or Swim graduation party for 500 new Talbot County young swimmers.

MRYC Foundation Directors gather at the August 14th SOS” Sink or Swim graduation party for 500 new Talbot County young swimmers.

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775 Learn to Swim in MRYC Foundation’s SOS: Sink or Swim Program

Five hundred Talbot County non-swimming children are learning to swim this summer as part of the Miles River Yacht Club Foundation’s “SOS: Sink or Swim” program. They join 275 youngsters who graduated last summer from the program at the Bay Hundred Community Pool in St. Michaels. The program has been expanded this year to the Moton Pool in Easton, as well continuing at the St. Michaels pool.

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Partnering with the St. Michaels Community Center and the Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers, the SOS: Sink or Swim program addresses a growing MRYC Foundation concern that many children and adults on the Eastern Shore do not know how to swim, resulting in numerous drownings every year. The MRYC Foundation believes that swimming is a basic life skill when you live near the water, as well as being an athletic accomplishment that enriches every child’s life and builds their self-confidence.

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The Foundation is investing nearly $23,000 in the SOS: Sink or Swim program this year, helped by hundreds of individual funders, as well as the Mid-Shore Community Foundation and Kelly Distributors. Each participating child takes part in two weeks of daily swimming lessons between June 29 and August 14, earns a certificate of accomplishment, and receives a free SOS tee shirt to announce his/her accomplishment. The St. Michaels Community Center sponsors a gala graduation party on Friday, August 14, with music, food and swimming.

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The SOS: Sink or Swim program is the signature initiative in the MRYC Foundation’s effort to support organizations that offer youth sailing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, rowing and other maritime-oriented educational programs. In its first four years of grant-making, the Foundation has provided $200,949 in grants to 23 non-profit organizations in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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Miles River Yacht Club Foundation Salutes Jennifer Stanley

The Miles River Yacht Club Foundation honored philanthropist and conservationist Jennifer Stanley of Oxford, Maryland with its sixth-annual Distinguished Service Award on Sunday afternoon, May 3, at a gala Awards Reception at Oxford’s Tred Avon Yacht Club.

Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 8.24.34 AMThe Award honors individuals and organizations in the Chesapeake Bay region that have made a significant contribution to Chesapeake-focused environmental initiatives, conservation, youth-oriented maritime sports and education, exploration or art/literature.

Prior Award recipients have been Gary Jobson of Annapolis, President of the National Sailing Hall of Fame, past President of U.S. Sailing, Vice President of the International Sailing Federation, competitive yachtsman, award-winning yachting author and broadcaster; Marc Castelli of Chestertown, world-renowned maritime artist and advocate for the watermen; Matt Rutherford of Annapolis, the first person to sail single-handed non-stop around the Americas, and ocean researcher; Adam Werblow of St. Mary’s City, America’s winningest collegiate sailing coach at St. Mary’s College of Maryland; and Langley Shook of St. Michaels, President, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, one of America’s leading maritime educational institutions.

In awarding the honor, Dr. Sherry Manning, MRYC Foundation Chairman, said “Jennifer Stanley has spent most of her life as a volunteer and philanthropist, educating children, and advancing environmental protection and conservation initiatives and awareness, much in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. In 1982, she founded and then directed for 35 years the Oxford Kids Camp, Inc. to respond to a need for a summer program in her home community on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. She also founded and directed the After School Program at the Oxford Community Center for underprivileged children for the same number of years.”

Dr. Manning continued “Together, she and her husband, Ted, established the Town Creek Foundation in 1982, and became leading advocates for environmental protection and preservation. Locally, she has supported the preservation of St. Paul’s Church Oxford, the Oxford Community Center and the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy’s new Eastern Shore Conservation Center in Easton. Mrs. Stanley has served as a leader of many non-profits, including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and Waterfowl Chesapeake. She presides over two foundations – Town Creek Foundation in Easton and the Robert Bowne Foundation in New York City. She holds an honorary Doctorate from her alma mater, the University of Vermont.”

The net proceeds from the event will be used to fund the MRYC Foundation’s signature “SOS: Sink or Swim” program in Summer 2015. The program seeks to assure that every Talbot County non-swimming child will become a swimmer. Last summer – its first of a five year program – SOS taught 275 young non-swimmers to swim. Its target in 2015 is 500 children.

Founded in 2010, the MRYC Foundation has to date granted nearly $200,000 to 23 non-profit organizations that provide water-based athletic, environmental/conservation or educational programs for children.

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Jennifer Stanley (right), the MRYC Foundation’s 2015 Distinguished Service Award recipient, is recognized by Philip J. Webster, MRYC Foundation director.

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