4th Annual Evening Honoring the U.S. Military

Benefitting the Lauderdale Yacht Club Sailing Foundation

Thursday May 9th, 2024

6:00 PM Cocktail Party • 7:30 PM Dinner

Lauderdale Yacht Club

Set Sail for Gratitude

Ahoy!

Please join us on Thursday, May 9th for the 4th annual evening HONORING THE US MILITARY. The Lauderdale Yacht Club Sailing Foundation (LYCSF) is setting course and raising the sails in honor of the brave men and women of the US Military. Our annual fundraiser is the kickoff to the Fort Lauderdale Air Show weekend and is a crowd favorite. We will spend the evening with elite military performers in town for our Air Show and other military heroes.

This elegant evening promises an unforgettable experience, bringing together community members, sailing enthusiasts, and esteemed military personnel for a night of celebration, appreciation, and fundraising. A stunning waterfront setting, delicious cuisine, heartwarming tributes, and an auction with enticing opportunities to bid — all while supporting a worthy cause.

For more than 10 years, the Lauderdale Yacht Club Sailing Foundation (LYCSF) has been dedicated to favorably impacting the lives of young people from all social and economic situations through the sport of sailing.  We provide opportunity to children who would not otherwise have the resources to learn to sail.

The Foundation funds incredible programs such as:

To date, the LYCSF has supported more than 1,000 children. Last year, we provided more funding and programs than ever as the demand has increased. In 2023, we gave 150 kids the experience of sailing.

2023 highlights include:

  • 32 children participated in the City of Fort Lauderdale’s “Learn to Sail” program last summer, of which half the participants. received scholarships. 10% of the scholarship recipients continued in the “Learn to Sail” program.
  • 18 Gold Star children from round the country participated in a one-week sail camp, all expenses paid, bonding experience with others who understand their situation.
  • 29 Broward County students were awarded scholarships this past summer.
  • We provided grants to sailing programs in South Florida with a focus on supporting economically disadvantaged youth.

In June, we are again hosting 18 Gold Star children for a weeklong sailing camp and this summer, we are supporting 32 kids for the City of Fort Lauderdale sailing camps. We are also focused on providing our scholarships and grants to promising youth.

We feel strongly that sailing builds character, self-reliance, independence, self-respect, and leadership skills in addition to supporting the math and science areas of education. The Foundation also supports organizations in South Florida that provide sailing opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged youth.

Our evening HONORING THE US MILITARY is our largest and most critical fund-raising event of the year. We welcome you as a sponsor or underwriter to our event and we are accepting auction items and in-kind donations. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved. Thank you for your consideration for our young sailors.  We hope to see you there!

Jennifer O'Flannery, Ph.D.
Event Chair

PEter Anderson, CFP®
Event Chair

Beth Rielly
Board Chair

Sponsorships

Title Sponsor $25,000

Named as title sponsor for the EVENING HONORING THE US MILITARY

  • Podium time at the dinner event to speak about your commitment.
  • Logo/name on all signage, announcements, and digital assets (website, social media and AV).
  • Recognition on the night of the event and throughout promotion of the event.
  • 2 VIP tables of 10. Table in front of room.
  • Special invitation — 8 tickets — to the June 14, 2024 Gold Star Sailing Camp finale reception.

Presenting Sponsor $15,000

Named as presenting sponsor for the EVENING HONORING THE US MILITARY

  • Podium time at the dinner event to speak about your commitment.
  • Logo/name on all signage, announcements, and digital assets (website, social media and AV).
  • Recognition on the night of the event and throughout promotion of the event.
  • 1 VIP table of 10. Table in front of room.
  • Special invitation — 2 tickets — to the June 14, 2024 Gold Star Sailing Camp finale reception.

Military Hosts $10,000 (2+ Available)

Named as a military host for the EVENING HONORING THE US MILITARY

  • Your sponsorship will cover the costs for our military attending the event.
  • Logo/name on all signage, announcements, and digital assets (website, social media and AV) pertaining to the sponsor level.
  • Recognition on the night of the event and throughout promotion of the event.
  • 1 VIP table of 10. Table in front of room.

Table Sponsor $4,000 (10 - 12 Available)

Named as a military host for the EVENING HONORING THE US MILITARY

  • Name listed at event on signage and AV display.
  • 1 table of 10. Location of tabled based on upper level sponsorships.

To secure a sponsorship, please fill out the form below or contact sara@howleygroupllc.com or (954) 249-7771.

We are also accepting in-kind donations and auction items. For more information, contact sara@howleygroupllc.com or (954) 249-7771.

Underwriting Opportunities

Your support is essential to the success of our event. Below is a list of underwriting opportunities that allow you to contribute to this extraordinary event. Please select the level of support that aligns with your passion and complete the form. Please select the categories that you wish to underwrite and indicate the amount you wish to contribute. You may join with your friends and contribute to underwrite a category. Your name will be listed digitally during the evening and other publicity materials. Please note this contribution does not include a ticket to the event but will help us provide the much needed support to our young sailors in South Florida and our Gold Star kids.
AV for the event $10,000
Video for LYCSF $10,000
Décor $3,000
Photography $1,000
Design & Printing $2,500
Color Guard $500
Centerpieces (100 each, 25 total) $100 per
General Underwriting Donation

To be an underwriter for our event, please fill out the form below or contact sara@howleygroupllc.com or (954) 249-7771.

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Event Chairs

Jennifer O'Flannery, Ph.D. & Peter Anderson, CFP®

Event Committee

Niki Curry-Hill* & Beth Welker

Pam Flaherty

Ashley Kozich

Gina Jenkins

Johnny Mann*

Austin Payne

Beth Rielly*

Bettina Roberts

Kristie Roe

Dave Rulien*

JD Rulien

Stephanie Toothaker*

Haley Weigle

Sara Callari

* Board Member

Board Members

Greg Bellows

Mike Bondurant

Niki Curry-Hill

Malcolm Farrel

John Kelly

Johnny Mann

Robin Meagher

Nick Peirson

Beth Rielly

Vilhelm ROberts

Karl Ryder

Buzz Smith

Denny St. Romain

Dave Rulien

Stephanie Toothaker