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Cow Hill Yacht Club Announces $30,000 Net Profit From 2018 Venetian Festival

The local non-profit charitable organization Cow Hill Yacht Club generated a net profit of close to $30,000 from this year’s Venetian Festival, organizers announced.
At Monday’s Saugatuck City Council meeting, Cow Hill Director Bonnie Broadwater presented the City of Saugatuck with a donation check of $1,000 to be used for the city’s holiday lighting program.

“We had a very successful event this year, with over 2,300 people in attendance,” said Broadwater. “We would like to give a shout out to the city for providing Coghlin Park and the work by DPW (Saugatuck Department of Public Works).”

Cow Hill also hosts other revenue-generating events throughout the year to support their charity work. This year’s summer events also included “Spectators” Pre-Tournament Shootout, Hummingbird/Cannon Big Lake Classic and the 1st Annual Denny Allen Big Fish Tournament.

The organization’s philanthropy is varied and can include such help as providing rent money for a family where a mom and dad have fallen gravely ill, or school lunches and clothing for economically disadvantaged students.

“We have an individual on our board of directors (volunteer) that is in charge of finding underprivileged members of our community and works with local churches, schools and charity organizations to see where we can contribute,” Cow Hill Vice Commodore Ken Trester told The Local Observer.

Trester, who is also mayor of the City of Saugatuck, said that Cow Hill invested about twice the net profit for this year’s event, $60,0000.

“Please join us next year on July 26th and 27th, 2019 where our theme will be Polynesia Island Life,” announces the event’s website at

In other Saugatuck City news, the council approved the annual Glow in the Park, sponsored by Saugatuck-Douglas Area Business Association. The event is taking place on Cook Park as well as public property on Friday, Oct. 26 from 6-9 pm.

“It is a family-friendly party,” informs event organizer Erin Wilkinson.

Cow Hill Yacht Club Announces $30,000 Net Profit From 2018 Venetian Festival

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