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 Rocking the Boat is Celebrating 25 Years at its Spring Benefit, a cocktail party that brings program alumni and supporters together to enjoy live music, dancing, and a silent and live auction. City Winery's big, open space decorated with thousands of wood barrel staves and the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Hudson River teeming with boats keep all of Rocking the Boat's boatbuilding, sailing, and environmental science exploration work top of mind.


Monday, June 5, 2023
VIP pre-event 5:30-6:30pm

City Winery New York City
15th Street and Hudson River Park
New York City


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Funds raised will support Rocking the Boat's signature Boatbuilding, Environmental Science, and Sailing youth development programs; wrap-around social work and college counseling; extended services for program alumni; and inspiring outdoor experiences for middle schoolers and the larger South Bronx community. Rocking the Boat has developed a reputation as one of the most extraordinary programs of its kind in the nation. Over 800 young people have participated in the Youth Development Program since its inception and many thousands more have experienced Rocking the Boat's broad reaching Public Programs.

VIP Pre-Event


Cucumber basil Gin Smashes...Red beet Manhattans...enjoy the most creative concoctions you've ever tasted during the VIP pre-event at the James Beard Foundation's new state-of-the art show kitchen, Platform. Expert mixologists will guide guests to juice, blend, and garnish three different cocktails-or you can simply sit back and sip. Purchase of VIP pre-event includes ticket to the Main Event at City Winery for cocktails and hos d'oeuvres, music and dancing to a live band, and access to the silent and live auctions.

About Rocking the Boat


Rocking the Boat is a 25-year-old nonprofit organization serving the young people and community members of the Bronx through transformative Youth Development and public programming. Situated on the banks of the Bronx River, youth and community members participate in educational activities rooted in creating the means to access, enjoy, and conserve this extraordinary natural resource. At Rocking the Boat, wooden boatbuilding, sailing, and environmental research, restoration, and justice are powerful tools for technical and academic education, empowerment, and social/emotional development. Our staff, including wooden boatbuilders, sailors, environmental scientists, and licensed social workers, support participants through the processes of completing high school, identifying and applying to college or trade schools, and then navigating the many challenges that precede taking that next step.

  • On time high school graduation rates in the area average 58%; for Rocking the Boat students it is 92%, and their immediate college or certificate program enrollment rate (enrolling the first fall after high school graduation) averages 92%
  • Program spaces include a 2,500 square foot professional grade boatbuilding shop, fully equipped environmental laboratory, and a 25,000 square foot boatyard just steps from the Bronx River
  • 69% of Rocking the Boat alumni currently in college or a certificate program are on track to complete their degree or training.


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25th Anniversary Challenge

Rocking the Boat is celebrating our first 25 years. To help mark this milestone and help us prepare for the next 25, our Board of Directors has issued a fundraising challenge and will match all gifts dollar for dollar, up to $50,000. Please participate and help us reach a total of $100,000!

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Spring Benefit Sponsors

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Benefit Committee
Edie Owen, Chair
Caroline Coleman
Gwen and Austin Fragomen
Brian Gillen
Trish O'Callaghan
Moe Magali
Layng Pew
David Posner
Whitney Reid
Margaret Flynn Robison
Alyssa Simon

Board of Directors
Jennifer Galvin
Demetris Giannoulias
Elizabeth Mack
Carla Murphy
Antonio Ramos
Taji Riley
John Ryan
Steve Smith
Sinead Strain
Thom Thacker
Peter Wright


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Rocking the Boat
Questions? Contact Talene Kelly, Director of Special Events


City Winery, New York, NY, USA

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