- Ontario Sailing: Able Sail, Access BOOM Program
- CNIB Lake Joe Summer Camp
- Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund
Since 2002, the boat show has raised more than $709,000 overall for “initiatives that are close to the hearts of the boating community,” says show manager Cynthia Hare. “The proceeds go to bettering the lives of children and giving them an unforgettable experience to be outside and on the water.”
More than 1,400 people attended this year’s VIP event, which launched the 57th annual boat show and offered visitors an opportunity to view the exhibits and shop ahead of the crowds. The 10-day show attracted more than 71,000 people. Next year’s event will be held at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, Jan. 8-17.
Along with showing off the latest and greatest in watercraft, the show also helps raise awareness about the pleasures of boating, which offers an opportunity to unplug and enjoy the natural beauty of Ontario’s lakes and rivers, says Hare. “Boating is a great stress reliever — you leave it back on the dock — and a chance to enjoy your freedom on the water.”
It’s also an experience many city kids don’t have. Support like this makes it possible.
Now that the countdown to the Pan Am Games has begun, water events out on Lake Ontario and throughout the GTA will put boating front and centre.
Boaters want to share their experiences “and pay it forward” by supporting children’s charities, Hare said, adding that boating “helps children find calmer waters too.”