2011 President's Volunteer Service Award
July 14th- Lake St. Clair Boat Event
July 28th- Lake Fenton Boating Event
August 18th- 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 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 keeping all three of these events going, and are looking to make each one a fun and memorable day for all that attend.