2017-09-07 / Mainsheet

Newport Yacht Rendezvous Smashing Success


Photos byNick Mele Photos byNick Mele The Boys and Girls Club of Newport County held its 2017 Newport Yacht Rendezvous last month at the Newport Shipyard to great fanfare. Eli and Lauren Dana sat as event chairs, and the club raised more than $200,000 for programs and services. Deacon John Silvia served as auctioneer and guests raised their paddles to contribute more than $85,000 in support of a new playground and healthy living programs. The refurbished playscape will include an additional 400 square feet of space for children to play outdoors, new equipment and storage, a renovated basketball court, and a number of improved safety features.

Guests enjoyed dinner catered by Russell Morin Catering and Events as they sat under a harborside tent decorated with market lights, and viewed a brief video clip from BGC Newport members. The Fat City Band provided the musical entertainment and both live and silent auctions rounded out the evening.


Adam and Tiana Zaff Adam and Tiana Zaff The mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need help most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. For nearly 60 years, the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County has provided quality programming and services to all youth in the community. The club is part of a nationwide movement of more than 4,000 Boys and Girls Clubs, and provides services to more than 5,500 youth annually.

Participating Yachts

Guests were invited to “hop” aboard.

• S/Y Eros, 115’ Schooner, Eros Charters, LLC/Nicholson Yachts

• M/Y Our Heritage, 112’ Westport, Robert & Marjo Burk/B&B Yacht Charters

• M/Y Where’s Waldo, 100’ Ocean Alexander, Fraser Yachts


Lauren and Eli Dana Lauren and Eli Dana S/Y Gesture, 65’ Oyster 655, David & Erika Brown

• M/Y Marine Max 66’, Azimut 66 Fly – 2017, Marine Max

• M/Y Palm Beach 50, 50’ Palm Beach, Palm Beach Motor Yachts

• M/V Mermaid Star, 48’ Crosby, Newport Dinner Cruise



Brooke Blake and William Leatherman Brooke Blake and William Leatherman

Scott and Carol Williams Scott and Carol Williams

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