Holiday Parade of Boats and viewing party set for Dec. 10, 2016

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‘Tis the season to jingle and mingle on the harbor front! Join the Rotary Club of Charleston as we celebrate the holiday season with a viewing party of the Holiday Parade of Boats at the Maritime Center.  Enjoy savory foods, holiday tunes and the best vantage point for viewing boats decorated in lights, trees, music and more as they dance across the harbor. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, December 10 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Presented by the Rotary Club of CharlestonCity of Charleston and the Charleston Sail and Power Squadron, the 3rd annual Holiday Parade of Boats viewing party will be held at the Charleston Maritime Center on Saturday, December 10 with sounds of the holiday season and captivating holiday lights on boats that will promenade past the viewing docks.

  • Tickets are available in advance for $25 for adults; children 17 and under can attend for $5.
  • VIP Friends and Sponsor packages start at $250.

Net proceeds from the event, which we hope eventually will rival holiday boat parades in places like San Diego, San Francisco, and Fort Lauderdale, will fund various charitable endeavors and community projects for our club.

“We are incredibly fortunate to be able to really live the Rotary motto of ‘Service Above Self’ through our community service projects and grant awards,” said Club President Alissa Lietzow.  “The Rotary Club of Charleston Foundation funds club projects both locally and internationally; from Operation Warm which provides coats and gloves to students at our partner elementary school to the installation of sanitation and clean water systems in Peru through Water Missions International. The Rotary Club of Charleston, through such fundraising support efforts as this Holiday Parade of Boats, has supported nearly 50 organizations.”

This annual event helps to raise funds for the Rotary Club of Charleston Foundation! Every year, dozens of local organizations apply for funding for non-operating grants to pay for short-term projects or one-time needs. Through the boat contest and Parade Party, club leaders say they want to build the foundation’s funding so more groups can get help every year.

Win A Boat — A Great Holiday Treat

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer? The Rotary Club of Charleston is partnering with Sea Fox Boats and Palmetto Boat Sales to give away a Viper 180 Bay Boat. Those who make a $100 donation to the Rotary Club of Charleston Foundation will have a chance to take the boat home. The drawing will be held during the Holiday Parade of Boats Viewing Party on Dec. 10. Donors do not need to be present to win. Proceeds will benefit local organizations. Over the past five years, the foundation has given grants to more than 45 local nonprofit organizations.

The Rotary Club of Charleston

The Rotary Club of Charleston, founded in 1920, is the “father” club of more than almost a dozen Rotary clubs in the Charleston area. Club members have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to local projects and have provided leadership that led to real ways to help people. Among the local institutions that the Rotary Club of Charleston helped to start are the Coastal Community Foundation, the local Boy Scouts movement and the distinctive Charleston Rotary Fund, which contributes to many admirable causes and awards scholarships.

City Of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs celebrates the holiday season this December with Holiday Magic in Historic Charleston, offering FREE, family-friendly activities, performances and decorations that capture the spirit of the season for everyone in the community. For a full list of festivities, visit www.CharlestonArts.org.

Charleston Sail and Power Squadron

The Charleston Sail and Power Squadron is a Fraternal Boating Club whose members are devoted to continuing education in all issues concerning boating safety. Chartered in 1946, members and non-members may select courses from basic boat handling, to basic and advanced navigation, to advanced celestial navigation. In addition, members are offered courses in engine maintenance, weather, electronics and other electives. The squadron offers the America’s Boating Course to the public, on a regular basis, as a Civic Service.