What is the Fritz Dawson Sail-A-Thon?
In order to continue to subsidize the various programs that King Harbor Youth Foundation offers, we have our two fundraisers, Oktoberfest and Sail-A-Thon. The goal is to raise money to keep costs low for participants throughout our various sailing programs. Sail-a-thon is both a on-line fundraiser and a one day event taking place on Sunday June 9th. You can RSVP to attend here:
How can I contribute?
The fundraiser is split into two;
1.) To raise awareness we will have a day of on-the-water activities geared towards kids aged 7-18. There will be sailing games and races, a chili cook-off, sailboat rides, raffles and prizes. The event is open to the public. No sailing skills are required to join in on the fun as we will have our Race Team members sailing with the novice participants.
2.) To raise funds we are asking you to donate to a member of this campaign by clicking "Donate". Or you can become a member by clicking "Join" where you can create your custom bio and picture.
What is the King Harbor Youth Foundation?
Our King Harbor Youth Foundation is a 501 c.3 non-profit dedicated to get kids of all backgrounds on the water and to learn character-building skills through sailing. We offer year-round programs that align with our mission, like; Summer Sailing Camp, Fall and Spring Learn-to-Sail classes, Year-Round Opti and FJ Race Teams, and our New Channels Program.
What is New Channels?
The New Channels program is an avenue to get individuals on the water that would not otherwise have the opportunity. The Foundation puts its resources to work with a huge family of non-profits and organizations, taking their members out for a custom on-the-water boating experience in the King Harbor channel, with brief interludes into the ocean. Some of these participants have never been on the water prior and leave with a new appreciation for the Ocean.
These activities are provided free of charge and tailored to a diverse range of audiences. New Channels is geared to ages 10 to 18, but open to all that fit the need. Sessions range about two hours and include activities such as sailing, power boating and kayaking. Before each session, participants begin with a brief lesson about the activity and safety, and conclude with a group lunch.
To date, the groups we have worked with are:
· Barack Obama Charter School
· Big Brothers and Sisters of Greater Los Angeles
· Birney Elementary, Redondo Beach School District
· Boys and Girls Club of Harbor City
· Boys and Girls Club of South Bay
· Brotherhood Crusade
· Children’s Home Society
· City2Sea Organization
· Five Acres
· Golden Heart Ranch
· Hawthorne Schools
· Long Beach Boys and Girls Club
· Los Angeles Black Deaf Association
· Olive Crest
· Paramount Day School (for Troubled Youth)
· South Bay Down Syndrome
· Special Olympics
· St. Lawrence Watts Youth Center
· Switzer Center
· Wooten Center