BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The nation’s largest annual, free-event for kids and adults with physical and/or intellectual challenges, the Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities, will celebrate its fifth anniversary on land on and on sea, Saturday, March 16, 2013, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, at Spanish River Park, A1A in Boca Raton. The event is open to all ages with special needs, their caregivers and families. More than 5,000 attendees are expected.
Now in its fifth year and teamed with partners like Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation, the Starlight Children’s Foundation, and Big Brother/Big Sisters, the Bash continues to set new standards in celebrating diversity in America.
“Our goal is to reach as many families facing disabling challenges as we can serve,” says Bash Founder and Director Jay Van Vechten. “We’re particularly happy to welcome visitors from all over America, who have read about this event and bring their kids or other relatives with disabilities.
In 2009, the Bash hosted 350 attendees. By 2012, that number climbed to 4,496 guests, 501 volunteers, and 30 yachts, donated for the day by their generous owners, members of Boca’s Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club. The privately owned yachts, captained by Coast Guard certified crews, offer FREE rides throughout the day to Bash participants. Guests are also treated to live entertainment, a BBQ lunch and numerous fun activities.
In 2012, the doors to the VA Hospital in West Palm Beach opened to the Bash, allowing it to invite 400 Purple Heart recipients and their families, living in South Florida, to be guests for the day. “We want our heroes to know they can come to this event, meet old friends and find a secure, safe environment where they can spend a relaxing fun day with their family,” says Van Vechten.
Bash organizers still seek donations, sponsors and volunteers. Tax deductible donations should be made payable to: Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation, just write “Bash” on the memo line. Mail donations to: Boating Beach Bash, PO BOX 99, Boca Raton, FL 33429. PayPal is also available via the Bash website: www.boatingbeachbash.com. Follow the Bash on Facebook @ Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities. For more information, call 561.715.2622, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.