Contributed by Maria Bokulich, member, Open Sculling Program
The cherry blossoms have bloomed, the river is rowable and the first annual Rising Stars Banquet, a fundraiser for the PBC Open Sculling Program, has come and gone with great success.
The evening began with the Board room packed full of generous supporters bidding on a variety of silent auction items from a fly fishing trip in Montana to an original painting of the Key Bridge viewed through a PBC boat bay by former Open Sculler Bill Greer.
With the guys in jackets and ties and the gals in dresses and heels, the auction was followed by a delicious dinner prepared by PBC senior member Chef Bernard Henry. We named Chef Bernard an honorary member of the Open Sculling Team for his very generous contribution to the event! During dessert, each athlete spoke briefly about the passion we all share to be the best in this sport and the dream we live each day to make the U.S. National Team. All of your contributions help us get closer to turning this dream into a reality.
Thank you to all who volunteered their time and energy to make this event possible. With the support of PBC and the Washington, DC rowing community, the Open Scullers were able to raise $11,000 from the event. These funds will go directly to our athletes for help with travel expenses to races, training trips and equipment needs.
In fact, we just returned from our first race of the season, the 2011 National Selection Regatta 1 (NSR 1), which took place from April 21– 23, in Princeton, New Jersey. Each of the Open Scullers competed in a single through a time trial, heats and a final, all to earn the right to compete at the 2011 World Championships in Bled, Slovenia.
Next, we’ll let you know how the NSR 1 went!
Once again, thanks to everyone for making our first Rising Stars Banquet such a big success!