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Indian River Financial Group, Inc. is a Proud Supporter of the Boating & Beach Bash for People with DisabilitiesSubmitted by Paul B. Miller, CFP on March 12th, 2015
Boca Raton’s Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities is celebrating its 7th year in 2015! The Bash has grown to become the largest, free funday in America for children, adults and Purple Heart recipients with physical and/or intellectual challenges, and their caregivers. Since it began, this annual event has been held at Florida’s well-known Spanish River Park in Boca Raton.
Jay Van Vechten, founder and director of the Bash, has been working with people with disabilities since 1995. When he began coordinating the Bash, he had one major goal in mind: to add fun to the equation. Jay explains, “While there are many services and opportunities for those with disabilities that address the physical side of their issues, very little touch the spiritual side.” He and his team of dedicated volunteers are excited to offer equipment on the docks at the Spanish River Park which facilitate accessibility for anyone (even those in wheelchairs) to effortlessly board yachts which have been donated for the event.
There are about two dozen boats donated each year by members of the Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club to offer the disabled and their caregivers/family rides which last up to a half an hour. It is exciting for the volunteers, who are taking out many people that have never been on a boat before. In addition to the boat rides, the Bash features picnicking, live music, fun, games and activities for everyone.
The Beach Bash is becoming larger every year. In its first year, the Bash attracted 350 people. Now, for its 7th anniversary, an estimated 5,000 people will be in attendance, with 500 volunteers offering their time to organize and run the event, including the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary.
The Boating and Beach Bash is a true demonstration of the kindness of the Boca Raton community. McDonald’s, Publix and Starbucks provide breakfast for all the volunteers. High schools, colleges, universities, civic groups, churches, synagogues and even the Miami Dolphins donate their time. Additionally, professional rehab teams from area hospitals and universities offer their services to oversee the event.
If you are interested in volunteering your time or making a tax-deductible donation, visit www.boatingbeachbash.com. Since no money is given by city, county or state, only by companies and community generosity and kindness, this is truly a community-sponsored event. Indian River Financial Group is a proud supporter of the Bash, and we encourage you to become one too!