Charitable opportunities among the powerboat community are aplenty.
The thing about doing something charitable is that it never really gets old. Take the Krusin’ for Kids event at the recent Desert Storm Poker Run in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., for example. Teague Custom Marine was a sponsor—and has been since it was started several years ago —and we brought our family’s DCB Performance Boats F32 with TCM 1200 EFI engines to provide rides. The smiles on those kids’ faces never get old.
The same goes for everything else that happens at the dozens of charity-driven events across the country that are led by performance boat enthusiasts like you guys. Whether you are giving charitable rides, bidding on auction items, donating back your poker hand winnings, providing sponsorship or just flat-out writing a check to a specific cause behind the event you’re attending, you know what I’m talking about.
While I’m proud to say that Teague Custom Marine is a sponsor of three major West Coast poker runs (Desert Storm, Big Cat and Monster Bash, all of which raise money for organizations in the Lake Havasu and Discovery Bay, Calif., communities) and is involved with several other worthy causes (Firefighters Quest For Burn Survivors and Castaic Lake Junior Lifeguards are a couple), this isn’t about our business. This is about our close-knit community doing what’s right and lending a hand.
I’m proud to be a part of a community that includes some serious fund raising. I don’t have space to include every event that raises money for a cause in my column , but I’d like to recognize some amazing things that boaters around the country have done for charity, and encourage you to give back whenever possible.
I’ve heard about Shore Dreams for Kids in New Jersey for many years—TCM has even donated to it—but I’ve never had the opportunity to attend. The dedicated folks behind the nonprofit organization that organizes an amazing day of powerboat rides, carnival fun and food for mentally and physically challenged children and adults and their families from around New Jersey and the Northeast every summer in June are as passionate as they come.
Although the charitable aspect is mainly about the fund raising that happens, events like Shore Dreams, Krusin’ for Kids and the annual Kids Day at the Catalina Ski Race, which will celebrate its 21st year on July 10 at Marine Stadium in Long Beach, Calif., prove that being generous with our boats and time can be just as effective.
That being said, I’m in awe over what kind of money has been raised at performance boat events across the country over the last year. Between two events alone —the Pirates of Lanier Poker Run in Georgia and the Lake Powell Challenge in Northern Arizona—boaters raised more than $600,000. I know the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, an event I am proud to support, raised $125,000 for local fire rescue services and other charities around the Missouri lake. Six-figure donations are not the norm, but if you take into account the dozens of events of any size or magnitude from New York, Texas and Michigan to Florida, California and Georgia, the dollars raised easily surpasses one million.
Talk about positive and instant gratification. Let’s not forget that feeling as we head into another boating season. I’m going to make sure it remains a focus here at TCM as well as with Team AMSOIL. In offshore racing, some events have charities involved and some don’t. Either way we try to provide autographsand make our boat available for pictures and even for children to sit in.
Here’s one more thing to think about. Events involved with a charity usually have a solid volunteer group. And we all understand the importance of having good volunteers.
–Technical editor and offshore racing world champion Bob Teague is the owner of Teague Custom Marine in Valencia, Calif.
This article appears in:
Speed on the Water, Issue 12; March/April 2015