Piers Park Sailing Center Launches Boat Donation Initiative | Cruising World

Piers Park Sailing Center Launches Boat Donation Initiative

Partnership with Block Island Maritime Funding will Support Free Sailing Programs for Kids

Piers Park Sailing Center, a community sailing center in East Boston, has entered into agreement with Block Island Maritime Funding to begin a boat donation program in order to raise much-needed operating funds. The fundraising initiative is targeted towards individuals who have experienced difficulty in selling their boats or don’t want the hassle of a private sale. Proceeds from the sale or charter of boats will be used to support the operations of the center and its free sailing programs for kids.

Piers Park Sailing Center will accept almost any type of vessel, sail or power, as long as it is in seaworthy condition. Some of the boats will be used directly in their programs, while others will be chartered or sold at below market rates. Donors to Piers Park Sailing Center will be advised by Block Island Maritime Funding on all elements of a donation, including the significant tax advantages. The savings an individual can realize on their taxes can approach the market value of their boat, since the sailing center and Block Island Maritime Funding are 501 (c) 3 non-profit organizations.

"Piers Park Sailing Center has been fortunate to receive a few boat donations in the past that have been great additions to our fleet," said Jeff Kuller, executive director of Piers Park Sailing Center. "Now, with fundraising such a high priority we are excited about partnering with such a like-minded organization. Block Island Maritime Funding has the expertise to facilitate major donations for us."

Boat owners are encouraged to contact Piers Park Sailing Center or Block Island Maritime Funding at 1-888-989-1706 for more information on the donation program. A representative will arrange a free evaluation of the boat and an approximation of the tax savings donors might realize.

About Piers Park Sailing Center
The Piers Park Sailing Center is a non-profit community sailing facility located in an award-winning park built by the Massachusetts Port Authority on the East Boston waterfront. It provides free sailing to hundreds of youth in after-school and summer programs. Adults and people with disabilities from across the Greater Boston Area enjoy affordable sailing classes and take advantage of daysailing and cruising passes for their own use of the center’s fleet of sailboats. PPSC also offers corporate programs, holds weekly races, regattas and other special events, and seeks community involvement in its operation, funding and development.

For more information about Piers Park Sailing Center, please call 617-561-6677 or visit www.piersparksailing.org.

About Block Island Maritime Funding
Block Island Maritime Funding, headquartered in Block Island, Rhode Island, with an office in Newport, Rhode Island is a non-profit foundation established to provide marine programs to middle school children with a special emphasis on inner city and disadvantaged youth. Part of their program supports organizations such as Piers Park Sailing Center, who have similar missions, to assist them in the raising of funds through the venue of boat donations.

For more information about Block Island Maritime Funding, please call 888-989-1706, 401-8420752 or visit www.blockislandmaritime.com.

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