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Sailing for a good cause at Jack Beatty memorial cruise

YOUNGSTOWN – The Jack Beatty Memorial Hospice Cruise and Clambake hit some new milestones last year with record attendance and unprecedented fundraising.

The event drew a sellout – 39 boats and 238 participants – and raised $40,000.

This year’s event, planned for July 10, will again be held at the Youngstown Yacht Club, rain or shine. Yacht club members, as well as skippers from around the region, will again donate their boats and time to take cruise participants for an inviting afternoon sail up the Niagara River for a worthy cause.

Registration and a reception begin at 2 p.m. at the yacht club, 491 Water St., with the cruise on either a sailboat or motorboat set for 2:30 p.m. Dress code includes white-soled deck shoes and comfortable attire.

Snacks and drinks are provided by boat owners during the cruise and the Junkyard Dogs will entertain right on the river with live music. Following the sail, entertainment continues back at the yacht club with Soul Committee during a clambake and buffet. The evening continues with a silent auction with gifts donated by local businesses and community members.

All proceeds from the event benefit Niagara Hospice in memory of Jack Beatty, a former yacht club member, avid sailor and waterskier. He passed away in August 2001 while under the care of his family and Niagara Hospice.

Co-chair Adam Burns said, “This is a terrific event and we are so thankful to the numerous businesses and everyone in the community who make it such a great success year after year. We are looking forward to another great year in 2015. It is such a great time for a very worthy cause.”

Corporate sponsors for this year include: Sevenson Environmental, Modern Disposal, Compu-Mail and the Youngstown Yacht Club. 

Due to the record number of attendees in 2014, organizers anticipate the cruise portion of the event to sell out for the third year in a row. Landlubbers and people working during the day can still partake in the fun, by attending only the clambake/cookout portion, which begins around 5:30 p.m. Details and registration can be found at The cost is $150 per person for cruise and clambake/buffet and $60 per person for clambake/buffet only.

To volunteer, sponsor, place an ad or donate items for the event, contact Maureen Rizzo at or 280-0728.

Event parking is limited at the yacht club, so participants are asked to park at St. Bernard’s Church on Hinman Street, with a shuttle service provided.

Niagara Hospice has provided end-of-life comfort, care and support since 1988 to more than 25,000 Niagara County individuals and families faced with terminal illness. No one is ever denied hospice care due to inability to pay. For more information, visit or call Hospice at 439-4417.