Boating & Beach Bash this Weekend Features Kechi Okwuchi

This weekend is the Boating & Beach Bash—Boca’s beloved day-long event for people with disabilities and those who care for them. It is the Bash’s 10th anniversary, and the largest of its kind in the nation.

At a time when South Florida is still reeling from the tragedy at Parkland, this particular day offers a celebration of humanity, of compassion, of hope and possibility. There is no cost, no strings attached, just a fun day on the water, on the beach and in Spanish River Park where guests do everything from boating to barbecue, to dozens of activities and entertainment.

Singing this year at the event will be Kechi Okwuchi, a Nigerian born singer and finalist on this past season’s “America’s Got Talent.” But for most viewers she became one of the most talked about performers in the history of the show, one of only two people who lived through a 2005 fiery plane crash at Port Harcourt International Airport in central Nigeria. The crash killed 107 of the 109 passengers on board her DC-9-32 flight.  Sixty-one of those were her fellow classmates en route home for the holidays.

After being placed in an induced coma for five weeks, Kechi was flown to South Africa and then to Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas. There she began the long, slow and painful process of healing and rebuilding her body. To date, Kechi has endured more than 100 surgeries and most recently became the national spokesperson for all Shriners Hospitals for Children.  She is a hero to many and an inspiration to all.

But that is what the Boating & Beach Bash is all about—inspiring people, reaching out, helping people see beyond their own limitations to a larger world of promise and potential.

This year’s Bash is this Sunday, March 4 at Spanish River Park from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

For further information about the Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities, to register as a guest, to volunteer, or to make a donation, visit Call 561/715.2622 or write