Yankee Point Marina announces special events to benefit the Independence Fund; concert is Saturday, regatta is in October
, 2015

Yankee Point Marina announces special
events to benefit the Independence Fund;
concert is Saturday, regatta is in October

Yankee Point Marina, 1303 Oak Hill Road, Lancaster, recently announced its decision to support a veterans’ charity with a new regatta.

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“After searching extensively, we found a charity for which 94% of every dollar goes directly to the vets themselves; a scant 6% goes to administrative purposes,” said Karen B. Knull of Yankee Point Marina. “This charity is the Independence Fund.”

The folks who run the day-to-day activities of this charity are usually the veterans’ wives, said Knull. After their spouses have given up so much, they continue to give back to the operations of the charity.

“There are five different missions for the Independence Fund,” she said “We are concentrating upon the one which provides adaptive wheel chairs for combat wounded amputees.”

The chairs cost $15,000 each and are all customized to each soldier, based on his desired life-style needs, explained Knull. The Veterans Administration will provide a basic wheel chair. The Independence Fund goes the rest of the way and buys a chair that allows the veterans to continue their lives as much as possible as they did before they were wounded. There are still, at last count, over 1,000 vets who need these chairs. To learn more about the Independence Fund, visit independencefund.org.

In order to support the Independence Fund, Yankee Point Marina will hold two events this year.

Benefit concert

The first is a “Race for Independence Concert,” at Yankee Point Marina on June 28. The concert will begin at 2 p.m. and continue to 10 p.m.

Seven bands—some local and some from the Richmond area— will be featured. Performers include Parker Arnold, VooDoo Dolls, Ottoman, Salty Dawgs With Faith, Force of Habit, Legacy and Tim Morgan.

One veteran is flying in from California, another from Connecticut, and a third from North Carolina, said Knull. They will be speaking at the concert. These veterans have very interesting stories to tell about their experiences and about the Independence Fund, said Knull.

Admission is $10 per person. Food, sodas and adult beverages will be available for purchase, and 50% of the profits from these sales will go to the Indy Fund. Guests cannot bring their own beverages into the concert.

Come by car or boat. Slips are available free for the day for those attending the concert, on a space available basis, said Knull. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the day.

“Help us show these courageous young men that the Northern Neck is very proud of them by attending the concert,” she said.

Fall regatta

The major fundraiser for the Independence Fund will be the “Race for Independence,” a sailing regatta slated October 24-26. The regatta will open with a welcome cocktail party on Friday afternoon, said Knull. A crew breakfast, skipper’s meeting and racing will be held on Saturday.

Following the race, there will be another cocktail party, when sailors can review their scores of the first day’s races and establish bragging rights. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by speakers from the Indy Fund and entertainment.

The Sunday schedule will be the same as Saturday, less the dinner and cocktail party.

“We are very fortunate to have John and Lin McCarthy as our principal race officers for the weekend,” said Knull. “We will also have 10 to 12 veterans here to participate in the weekend and hopefully, race with the skippers. The U.S. Naval Academy will also be sending 10 to 12 midshipmen to take part in the weekend’s activities.”

Additional guests will include “Truckin for Troops” and other veterans. Truckin for Troops is a support group that provides outings for vets and their families.

Fox News journalist Jennifer Griffin will serve as emcee for the weekend. There will be additional veteran speakers and other activities, said Knull.

“We hope that you will support the regatta and show how the Northern Neck supports our ‘Wounded Heroes’,” she said.

Folks don’t have to be racers to join in the fun, she added.

“If you have a PHRF rating, great,” said Knull. “If not, our PRO’s will assign a rating for you. There will be one class of racers, with multiple fleets—no spinnakers for this first Independence Fund Regatta.”

Power boaters also may assist in the regatta, continued Knull. Water taxis and mark boats are needed.

“Please let us know if you would like to sponsor some part of the event, make a donation to the Indy fund, or help us on a committee,” said Knull. “We look forward to seeing you all this fall.”

All donations and payments can be made in the form of PayPal, credit card, check or cash.

To learn more about these events, visit yankeepointmarina.com. Direct questions to Karen Knull at Yankee Point Marina, 462-7635, or karen@yankeepointmarina.com.

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