Bourne Community Boating Group Helped by Anonymous Donor

An anonymous donor has come forward with an offer to help raise money for Bourne Community Boating. Under the “Fill Our Sails” fundraising program, donations made to the boating group will be matched by the unidentified benefactor, up to a total of $100,000.

“He’s generous and very respected in the community,” Paul Bushueff, founder, chairman of the board and president of Bourne Community Boating said of the donor. The donor has watched the organization grow since its inception in 2006, and came forward saying it was something he wanted to do, Mr. Bushueff said.

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“This is a great opportunity for us to get on solid financial footing,” he said.

The program is designed to reach out to Bourne Community Boating members and people who have participated in the group’s programs and activities. Donations made between now and July 14 will have the biggest impact on the group’s finances. All donations will be tripled, so that $10 becomes $30, $100 becomes $300 and $1,000 becomes $3,000.

Here is how it works: between now and July 14, there is a two-to-one match for donations made by any participant and/or anyone who has had a family member take part in a Bourne Community Boating program as a student, staff, volunteer or member. A donation of $100 will be matched by an additional $200 for a total donation of $300. For anyone else making a donation, except for the group’s board members, there is a one-to-one match.

A second match period will take place from July 15 through December 22. During that period of time, there will be a one-to-one match for participants and/or anyone who has had a family member take part in a Bourne Community Boating program as a student, staff, volunteer or member. That same $100 donation gets an equal match for a total donation of $200. For all others making a donation, there is a one-half-to-one match, so a donation of $100 is matched by $50 for a total of $150.

Money from the fundraiser will go to all of Bourne Community Boating’s sailing, boating and rowing programs, as well as its introductory marine biology program, “Belly Biology.”
“The whole premise is to make sure that all kids in Bourne learn boating regardless of their ability to pay,” BCB executive director Amy K. Wright said.

Ms. Wright said that with the money raised through the “Fill Our Sails” fundraiser, the organization can continue to keep the quality of their programs and instructors high, while keeping the costs down.

Donations can be mailed to PO Box 3157, Bourne MA 02532. They can also be made online at www.bournecommunityboating.org

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