Saturday, February 17, 2024

Boating & Beach Bash Your Ticket To A Great Saturday

There is no day better than Saturday—but there is one Saturday this spring that we especially love—a feel-good celebration dedicated to people with disabilities.

South Florida’s Annual Boating and Beach Bash for People with Disabilities ( will celebrate its 7th Anniversary on Saturday March 21, 2015. The Bash has grown to become the largest, free, fun-day in America for children, adults and Purple Heart recipients with physical and/or intellectual challenges, and their caregivers.

A brainchild of Boca resident Jay Van Vechten, it’s a day when caregivers and disabled people alike get a break, a respite, a whole slew of diversions and activities to come out of themselves and into a world of play and warmth and caring and fun. One in five Americans—and one in four in Palm Beach County—have disabilities seen or unseen. This is their day, and it’s a Saturday to cherish.

Each year it’s held in Spanish River Park, and activities range from arts and crafts and boat rides, to a fun zone, barbecue, and a petting zoo—you name it. The highlight of the event is the opportunity to enjoy a boat ride aboard a flotilla of private yachts along the Intracoastal Waterway. All boats are donated by members of Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club in Boca Raton. The Bash is completely organized and run by community volunteers and is funded through private donations and sponsorship.

Please attend this very special Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and better, please donate to the day. You can call 561/715-2622, or visit; Your help will give joy to some people who could really use it.

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