For nearly 20 years, Kiwanis Club of Columbus has conducted an annual Charity Regatta, raising money for our Columbus Kiwanis Foundation. One of the major beneficiaries of our efforts and the Foundation’s generosity has been the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s award-winning Summer Reading Program. More than 80,000 children are impacted by this program each year, helping them maintain and enhance their reading skills during the non-school summer months.
This year’s Charity Regatta is set for Monday, August 14, and it will again be held on the front lawn of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, located at 96 South Grant Avenue. The event will take place in lieu of our regular Monday Kiwanis luncheon.
So, how do you conduct a regatta on the front lawn of a library? Simple … you set up swimming pools and you race small wooden sailboats back and forth across the pools using Super-Soaker squirt guns as the source of propellant. On a hot summer day, it’s the perfect formula for fun.
OK, and where does the fundraising come in? There are several ways we utilize this event to raise money:
1- Sponsorships – There are varying sponsorship levels available ranging from $1,000 up to $7,500, with each level receiving different benefits and recognition.
2- Race entries – Any individual, group or organization can enter the race at a cost of $500 per entry. The event is a double elimination race so each yacht will have at least two opportunities or more, depending on how far you advance.
3- Donations – There are opportunities to make individual or corporate donations, as well as opportunities to ask your friends around town and across the country to support the Regatta and Columbus Kiwanis Foundation via a secure on line donation. Please watch the newsletter and website for additional information regarding donations and how to direct family and friends to the right spot.
Proceeds from the event will go to Columbus Kiwanis Foundation which is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, thereby making your sponsorship, entry or donation tax deductible to the full extent of the law.