More than 75 BoatU.S. members sailed aboard the Star Clipper on a week-long Caribbean cruise in late February as part of the “President’s Cruise.” BoatU.S.
sponsored a members-only party where this photo was taken. With BoatU.S. members making up nearly half the guests aboard, chances were good your shipmates
shared your passion for boating, making it easy to strike up a conversation. Visit www.BoatUS.com/travel for more info on Star Clipper cruises.
Meet Some Real Heroes
As every skipper knows, heroism goes
with the territory in the U.S. Coast Guard,
and now boaters can rub shoulders with
some of the agency’s everyday heroes —
and give back to these brave men and
women at the same time. This summer/
fall, the nonprofit Coast Guard Foundation
is hosting special events in cities across
the country to let those who appreciate
“Coasties” meet some real-life heroes and
their families while raising funds to support
the Foundation’s mission.
Founded in 1969, the Foundation is
supported through donations from indi-
viduals, corporations, grants, and special
events. It then provides funds for academic,
athletic, and morale needs of the Coast
Guard Academy and its cadets who are not
covered by federal funding. It also gives
financial support to enhance the education,
welfare, and morale of all 47,000 Coast
Guard members and families. In addition,
the Foundation provides financial relief to
Coast Guard families who lose their posses-
sions in natural disasters (think Hurricane
Katrina), provides college scholarships to
dependents of enlisted personnel, funds
recreational and family-oriented facilities,
and supports programs at bases and on
cutters around the nation, and hundreds
of smaller projects. Over three years, the
Foundation has contributed an average of
$4.1 million in cash and in-kind gifts annu-
ally, in support of the men and women of
the Coast Guard and their families.
PHO TO BY COAS T GUARD FOUNDATION
24, Tribute to the Seventh Coast Guard
District. For more information, go to:
www.coastguardfoundation.org, or contact
the Coast Guard Foundation headquarters
at (860) 535-0786.
Inspirational stories of rescue and heroism rule the evening at these events; by
attending, boaters can give something back
to those who stand ready to serve them on
the water every day. — R.L.