In addition to corporate grants and sponsorships, our Community Rowing Program relies on direct donations and rower fundraising to purchase equipment that is critical to the success of our program. In 2005 our members raised funds for a truck to tow our trailer, beginning a tradition of yearly giving that has since raised over $606,000 (see year by year tally below).
There are many ways you can donate:
Please remember to take advantage of Corporate Matching Gifts that may be available for your donations of money and/or volunteer time.
Our youth rowing program attracts sponsors who appreciate the unique blend of urban and suburban youth who participate. Sponsorships support students in public schools in Hartford and East Hartford (including Capital Preparatory Magnet School, Classical Magnet School, East Hartford High School and Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy), covering their program fees and encouraging their participation in a sport better known in private prep schools. If you are intrigued by this opportunity and wish to help support this well-run program, contact Deborah Baker via email or call 860.713.3131 ext. 326 to discuss the possibilities.
Our rowers also raise funds by participating in our adult and high school row-a-thons: our 11th Annual summer row -- the Turks Island Post in September, or our 11th Annual High School Row-A-Thon in November.
2005: raised $25,000 for Rowing Truck from Rower Donations and Matching Gifts
2006: raised $6,500 for Oars from Rower Donations and Matching Gifts
2007: raised $38,250 for the Cimmaron 4+ and the Guidon 8+ from Row-to-Middletown Pledges, High School Row-A-Thon, Rower Donations and Matching Gifts
2008: raised $38,800 for The Hartford 4+ and At Your Leisure 8+ from Row-to -Middletown Pledges, High School Row-A-Thon, Donations and Matching Gifts
2009: raised $57,300 for the 498 8+, Black and Tan 8+, Enterprise 8+ from Row-to-Middletown Pledges, High School Row-A-Thon, Head of the Riverfront Proceeds, Donations and Matching Gifts
2010: raised $62,600 for a new Hudson 4+ The Marfuggi, new Hudson 4x/4- Blind Faith, set of oars, and Vespoli Trailer from Row-to-Middletown Pledges, High School Row-A-Thon, Head of the Riverfront proceeds, Donations and Matching Gifts
2011: raised $64,219 for a Vespoli V1 8+ Blue Bayou, Vespoli V1 4+ Sledgehammer, Hudson 2x/2- Honey Badger, and cox boxes from Row-to-Middletown Pledges, High School Row-A-thon, Head of Riverfront proceeds, Donations and Matching Gifts
2012: raised over $80,000 from Turks Island Post Pledges, High School Row-A-thon Pledges, Head of Riverfront proceeds, Donations and Matching Gifts
2013: raised close to $90,000 from Turks Island Pledges, High School Row-A-Thon Pledges, Head of the Riverfront proceeds, Donations and Matching Gifts and purchased The Intrepid, The Mergins, and the four used Princeton eights
2014: raised over $88,000 from Turks Island Pledges, High School Row-A-Thon Pledges, Head of the Riverfront proceeds, Donations and Matching Gifts and purchased The Guidon, Men's Hudson 8+; The Hobart, Women's Hudson 4+; Beginner's Luck, Girls' Vespoli 8+; men's and women's oars and cox-boxes.
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