2011 President's Volunteer Service Award
July 20th- Lake St. Clair Boat Event
July 27th- Lake Fenton Boating Event
August 17th- Blue Water Boating Event
What we do is simple - give a fun day out on the water to any Veteran who wants to go. The day begins with coffee and donuts, then the boats go out for a ride, and sometimes even some swimming or fishing. The captains then return back to the marina for a cookout, camaraderie, and the presentation of gifts and donations collected from the supporting local businesses. No one working for Boat4vets receives any compensation – all of our efforts are purely voluntary.
Our organization started in 2009, when the first outing on Lake St. Clair Chapter the first hosted a group of 60 people made up of Veterans and their families. This event has grown in numbers every year since. In 2017 our Lake St. Clair chapter hosted over 160 people with the help of numerous volunteers and the staff of The Idle Hour Yacht Club.
In 2012 we expanded by adding a second chapter on Lake Fenton where we hosted over 150 people at Skipper Bud’s Marina. We expanded again in 2014, adding our Blue Water Chapter based out of the River Street Marina in Port Huron. This event has become massive, and in 2017 we hosted more than 400 people. In 2018, we are kept all three of these events going, and saw record turnouts. In 2019 we will again be hosting our 3 events and celebrating our 10th year. This is a huge year for us and we are excited to keep the momentum of the previous years going.