Some of the many young children who benefit from the work of the New Bedford Community Boating Center.

Some of the many young children who benefit from the work of the New Bedford Community Boating Center.

The New Bedford Community Boating Center (CBC) will hold its 8th annual Opening of the Bay Gala Celebration on Saturday, May 10, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Fort Taber Park.

All funds generated are used to allow low-income, at-risk children of greater New Bedford to attend the summer Youth Sailing Program free of charge. (Last year, 80% of the children who attended the program were from low-income families.)

Fun on the water with New Bedford Community Boating Center.

Fun on the water with New Bedford Community Boating Center.

CBC’s mission is to teach positive life values to at-risk youth through boating. The summer Youth Sailing Program is a step-by-step process in character development. By pairing kids with mentors and using boating as a tool, CBC instills important life lessons in students such as the values of integrity, sound judgment, teamwork and environmental awareness.

Tickets to the fundraising gala are $65 per person and include dinner, silent and live auctions, musical entertainment, cash bar, dancing and shuttle service from parking lot to event tent.

Purchase tickets by visiting www.communityboating.org or (508) 992-6219.

Donations are still being accepted for the silent and live auctions.

Event sponsorship donations are also welcomed. Interested parties can email aherlihy@communityboating.org, call (508) 992-6219 or review sponsorship materials at the Community Boating Website

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