Breakfast for Boats Raises $34,000+

Last week, The Center for Wooden Boats held the second annual Breakfast for Boats fundraising event bright and early at the REI Flagship Store in South Lake Union. The bacon, quiche and coffee were gobbled up as attendees heard from a number of CWB staff and volunteers, and David Moseley, the head of the Washington State Ferry System. They also learned how to tie a reef knot from Youth Programs Manager, Captain Tyson Trudel. We’re delighted to announce that we raised $34,406.00 at the event, and the donations are still coming in! This is an incredible increase over the first year of the event, and we couldn’t have done it without the help of board members, volunteers, table captains and over 150 supporters who attended the event.

As Jim Compton explained, the money raised is “stretched” at CWB by our crew of volunteers, who teach sailing lessons, work on our boats, answer our phones, guide our visitors, and even served food and cleared plates at the Breakfast. It was also stretched by our generous Leadership Gift donors, who provided the matching money for donations $250 and above. Those Leadership Gifts have been vital to our success, as we’ve seen many donations that were going to be $100, but were then crossed out and increased to $250 due to the matching funds donated prior to October 4th.

This support means that more kids can build toy boats, more families can learn to sail together, and more teenagers can find their bearings in our Job Skills Program. Together, we create builders, sailors, and captains. This is no small feat, and the impact of that creation ripples throughout our region. Like our Founding Director, Dick Wagner, often says: “It’s about the people, not the boats.”

If you attended the Breakfast, thank you for supporting CWB and making everything we do possible. If you missed the event, make sure to mark your calendar for early October next year, because we plan to make this an annual event. If you’d like to see what you missed, you can see a portfolio of images from the morning on volunteer photographer Mitch Reinitz’s website.

You can also watch the videos that were shown at the event on The Center for Wooden Boats’ YouTube Page:

Tom & Debbie: Toy Boat Building at CWB

Will & Penelope: New Sailors

Troy Joey & The Job Skills Program at CWB

Thank you for helping us change lives, one boat at a time.

Also, a special thank you to our sponsors, REI, Preg O’Donnell & Gillett, Vulcan, and Portage Bay Cafe, for supporting this event.

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