Your donations directly support youth sailing for those who could not otherwise afford it. These funds paired with progressive sailing education programs exposes Chicago's youth to opportunists normally not available to them.
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Sea Scout Ship #5111 does two annual fundraiser events:
Christmas Ship Overnighter: By the first weekend in December the USCG Cutter Mackinaw or other buoy tender arrives in Chicago with a load of a few thousand Christmas trees from Cheboygan, Michigan or Sturgeon Bay, WI. Volunteer youth groups (Sea Cadets, Young Marines, and various Scouting groups) unload the trees onto waiting trucks to be brought to faith-based organizations to be donated along with clothing, gifts, ornaments, etc. to families who would not otherwise be able to afford a Christmas. Our Ship and Columbia Yacht Club hosts 250 of those Scouting youth and their adult leaders from a four-state area for an overnight lock-in. After dinner and a DJ party, they're assigned sleeping areas all over the club ship. In the morning we serve a hotbreakfast, pack them off for the unloading, and serve them a hot lunch when they return. The donations help fund our program.
Chowdah Fest: During the spring of each year, Imagine Festivals, Ship #5111 and Columbia Yacht Club invite chowder lovers to sample the wares of ten or so of the best seafood restaurants in Chicago. With prizes for Classic, Non-traditional and People's Choice Awards, small cup tastings, beer craft cocktails and desserts, the evening is a perennial hit, and helps keep our Ship afloat. Chicago-Mackinac Race
Vessel Hire: Ship #5111 has contracted to hire our sailing vessel, SSTV Scout, as a bareboat for donation to a consortium of veteran Mac racers for the event in July. A few of our Sea Scouts and adult leaders will also be aboard. At the end of the race, our Sea Scouts and leaders will return the boat to Chicago over 5 days and 4 nights, cruising and harbor hopping down the Michigan and Wisconsin shores. This is great long cruise experience for these young people, and a health fundraiser for our Ship.
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