2016 Annual Benefit Gala: It's All About the Kids

Support NESS at the Annual Benefit Gala: SponsorshipsRaffle Tickets | Paddle Raises

Thank you for making our Gala such a success! 

As you may have heard, NESS's Annual Benefit Gala on November 5 was a success! We had close to 200 people attend the event and were glad to see both familiar faces as well as meet new friends of NESS.

NESS's President and Founder Spike Lobdell was not able to attend this year's gala since he was in San Antonio, Texas receiving the National Recreation Foundation's Robert W. Crawford Achievement Prize. However, he was able to beam into the event on Saturday night. Click here to read Spike's Robert W. Crawford Achievement Prize acceptance speach.


Gala guests also took a closer look at the impact NESS has on its students in the following video.



Thank you to all who bought a raffle ticket to support NESS programs and for a chance to win one of this year's many fantastic prizes!! redeemable at New England Science & Sailing Foundation

Paddle Raise

In planning this year's Gala, we thought about why our donors support NESS and its mission. This year we did two paddle raises at our Gala, one for canvas and one for scholarships. We did paddle raises in lieu of auctioning off your next dream vacation or luxury car because we wanted you to see how critical every item is to providing  high quality ocean adventure education to each and every student who comes to NESS. Thank you for your support!!


Naming Rights

A huge THANK YOU to those who took advantage of our naming opportunities before the Gala!

Pam Brewster

Victoria Riordan

Clay Maitland

Michael Hennessey

Rob and Holly Burt

Wade and Wendy McDivitt


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