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CMCS donates $8,900 to local youth marine programs

December 27, 2017
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Each year for the past 52 years, the Caloosahatchee Marching and Chowder Society (CMCS) has hosted the Summerset Sailing Regatta. Sailing clubs from up and down Florida's west coast converge on Fort Myers Beach for a weekend of racing and social events. In recent years, the racing has been held off Fort Myers Beach the first weekend in October, the same weekend as the Pirate Festival. Two years ago at the 50th Regatta we had 70 boats.

In addition to racing and camaraderie for the sailors and crew, the real beneficiaries to this event are the youth in those same communities. Boats pay entry fees and CMCS solicit sponsorships to offset costs so that the organization can end up with a profit that is distributed back to the communities where the entries and sponsorships came from.

In 2017's regatta, CMCS saw fewer race participants or sponsors due to Hurricane Irma hitting Marco Island and Naples, but it plans to rebound in 2018. Only 30 boats raced, but due to a nice response from local sponsors and some from further North, CMCS is still able to give back $8,900 to young sailors and marine enthusiasts:

$1,000 to the Ostego Bay Foundation for Youth Marine Education;$3,000 to the Edison Sailing Center for Youth Sailing Travel Grants; $4,000 set aside for 20 Youth Learn-to-Sail Scholarships at the Edison Sailing Center; $300 to Charlotte Harbor Youth Sailing; $300 to Learn-to-Sail Inc., and $300 to Charlotte Harbor Community Sailing.



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