Cowhill Yacht Club Presents $1,000 To Saugatuck From Venetian Proceeds For Holiday Lighting
Cow Hill Yacht Club, the local nonprofit charity organization, has donated $1,000 to the City of Saugatuck’s holiday lighting program.
“We really couldn’t have pulled it off (Saugatuck Venetian Festival 2015) without the city’s support, particularly the public works department which was a major help,” Saugatuck City Council Member and Cow Hill Co-Director Ken Trester told colleagues Monday night.
The volunteer-run organization hosts several fundraising events throughout the year, including Venetian Festival and the popular Chili Cook Off in October.
He presented the $1,000 check to Saugatuck Mayor Bill Hess. “You helped us, and now we want to show you we are thankful for your support,” said Trester.
“Thank you to Cow Hill; it is wonderful we have such organizations in our community that can raise money for charity as well as city programs like this one,” said Hess.
“Our profit for the city was paid from the income we received during the Friday night event (Coghlin Park tent concert). The profit from that night was $8,810. All of these funds—less the $1,000 to the city—will be spent for charitable giving,” Cow Hill Yacht Club Commodore Sherry Tedaldi told The Local Observer Tuesday.
Over the years, Cow Hill has provided backpacks with school supplies for needy children, travel assistance for seniors who need medical treatment, entertainment equipment to a retirement/convalescent facilities, and helped low-income families pay their heating bills.
Last year, the organization raised $26,000 for charitable giving, and so far this year, has raised $23,306, of which $14,875 is being allocated for various charitable causes.
Cow Hill Yacht Club is able to do this partly because it has no overhead and none of its members are paid, say organization participants.