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Published on Jul 31, 2008
The annual Cruise for Kids brings children with disabilities and their families together with corporate and individual sponsors, boat owners, and community leaders for a cruise on the Chesapeake Bay. The day makes a powerful impact on everyone involved and raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to support services for children and adults with disabilities.
For the children and families, the Easter Seals Cruise for Kids brings enormous physical, social, and psychological benefits. "Easter Seals Cruise for Kids provides a rare opportunity for children with disabilities to build confidence, friendships, skills, and abilities, says Juliette Rizzo, Ms. Wheelchair America 2005. "When you're out on a boat, you leave your disability at the dock."
Boaters, donors and volunteers return year after year to HarborView Marina in Baltimore, Maryland to meet and build relationships with the children and their families, and do something the children will remember for the rest of their lives. "You could see the excitement on the kids' faces," wrote Erin Perkins, a high school student who helped her grandfather captain one of the boats. "The 'Cruise for Kids' trip was an unforgettable experience that allowed me to reach out and share the gift of 'boating' with someone who may not otherwise get to experience a day on the bay."
Your support for Cruise for Kids may also entitle you to join other corporate executives, key donors, volunteer captains, and VIPs at a Captain's Party and Benefit Auction the evening before the Cruise at the HarborView Yacht Club.