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A cocktail party and silent and live auctions to support Rocking the Boat


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Loeb Boathouse
East 72nd Street and Park Drive North
New York, NY

5:30 p.m.
VIP indoor-outdoor cocktails featuring
model sailboat racing, guided tour of the Ramble, and rowboat rides

6:30 p.m.
Cocktails and festive menu, boat rides, live music and dancing
Silent auction opens

7:00 p.m.
Pete and Toshi Seeger Alumni Award presentation

8:00 p.m.
Live auction

9:00 p.m.
Silent auction closes


Business attire

Shuttle service available at 15 minute intervals to take guests to and from Fifth Avenue and the Boathouse.
It stops at the corners of 72nd and 80th Streets.


Rocking the Boathouse is Rocking the Boat's new spring gala at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, a fitting location for South Bronx students and metropolitan area supporters to come together and celebrate their shared appreciation of boats, water, and nature.

Funds raised will support Rocking the Boat's signature Boatbuilding, Environmental Science, and Sailing programs; wrap-around social work and college counseling; extended services for program alumni; and inspiring outdoor experiences for middle schoolers and the larger Hunts Point community. Recently marking its 20th anniversary, Rocking the Boat has developed a reputation as one of the most extraordinary programs of its kind in the nation, serving nearly 4,000 young people and community members.

Special pre-event activities for VIP ticket holders


Race a model sailboat
Stack your sailing skills up against professional racers' or cheer on your favorite sailor during our pro-am model sailboat regatta at the Conservatory Water with color commentary by Gary Jobson.

Explore the Ramble
Take off your high heels and tour the Ramble with former NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe
as your guide.

Go for a row
Treat yourself to a ride on the Lake in a wooden rowboat hand-made by Rocking the Boat students.

At Rocking the Boat, kids don't just build boats, boats build kids. Here are a few stats show the clear impact:

  • On average, 96% of Rocking the Boat students graduate from high school on time-the neighborhood standard is 33%
  • 97% enroll in college or technical schools directly out of high school
  • 57% of Rocking the Boat alumni have received their bachelor's degrees within six years of high school graduation-that compares with 20% for Bronx students from low-income high schools and is on par with the national average for students from all backgrounds

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Benefit Committee
Anastacia Stathakis Duber, Chair
Rachel Beardsley
Andrew Berdon
Caroline Coleman
Stacey Curry
Austin and Gwen Fragomen
Brian Gillen
Dustin Goodwin
Kitama Cahill-Jackson
Matt Landry
Tricia Lynch
Rose Matzat
Margaret Flynn Robison

Board of Directors
Oscar Aarts
Peter Beardsley
Tom Carpenter
Manda D'Agata
Jennifer Galvin
Rolando Tomas Infante
Greg Matzat
Frosty Montgomery
Carla Murphy
Jeremy Pochman
Tony Ramos
Thom Thacker
Peter Wright

Rocking the Boathouse Sponsors

Live Auction Sponsors

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Contact Us

Rocking the Boat
Questions? Contact Talene Kelly


Loeb Boathouse, East 72nd Street New York, NY

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