Avow, Charity Regatta, Gulf Coast Sailing Club, Naples Florida, SailingAvow will be a beneficiary of Gulf Coast Sailing Club’s (GCSC) 40th Southwest Florida Charity Regatta to be held in the waters of Naples on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3, 2016. The Regatta is open to all classes of sailboats and to those interested in raising charity funds through participation or sponsorship. Event proceeds will help children in our community affected by the loss of loved ones and bring the joy of learning how to sail to blind, special needs and disadvantaged youth.

Maurice Scully, Commodore of GCSC stated, “Gulf Coast Sailing Club is sponsoring this regatta for fundraising so we can share the enjoyment of sailing with youth in our community, regardless of their financial or physical ability as well as support the emotional health programs that Avow provides to children facing loss of their family members. Our volunteer members are hosting this Charity Regatta to give back to the community and to support youth oriented sailing activities and we invite all those in our sailing community to participate.”

The GCSC Charity Regatta will showcase some of Florida’s best sailors in a distinctive and colorful event offering competitive spirit with teamwork and execution matching the teamwork required to deliver hospice care or special needs sailing experience. All net proceeds from the Regatta will go to support Avow’s Children’s Bereavement Program, Special Needs Sailing Programs and Youth Sailing. Paul Carlson is the Regatta Chairman from GCSC.

On Saturday April 2, a regatta dinner with a celebrity speaker will be held at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club for all participants, volunteers and sponsors.  Dinner admission is $35 per person.  Sponsorships are available for the regatta fundraising efforts starting at $100 for boosters, and boat registrations start at $125 for U.S. Sailing Association members including two dinners. For Regatta boat registration, dinner or sponsorship information go to gulfcoastsailingclub.org.

“The sailing community has been a tremendous supporter of Avow’s programs for many years, and Gulf Coast Sailing Club has stepped up to lead the regatta in 2016 to help  raise awareness and funds for our childhood bereavement programs,” stated Jaysen Roa, President and CEO, Avow. “We hope our larger Southwest Florida boating community will join this effort and embrace the fun and philanthropy that this Club brings to our cause.”

Direct donations to the Avow Children’s Bereavement Program are convenient to arrange at avowcares.org/gcscregatta.