Who was Aaron Moore?

Dear fellow Ephraim Yacht Club member,

This Saturday, March 2, is the inaugural benefit dinner for the EYC’s newly established Aaron R. Moore Sailing Scholarship Fund.

A number of you have asked: “Who was Aaron Moore?”

Aaron was a lifelong sailor and sailing instructor whose life ended tragically in 2008.  Aaron’s parents Rob and Sherry Moore, his brother Adam, and Adam’s wife Barb are EYC members.  To tell why the Moore family has created an EYC fund in Aaron’s name, I cannot improve upon the words of Sherry Moore:

“Rob and I want to tell you how happy and grateful we are to the EYC for the opportunity to establish a scholarship fund in our son Aaron’s name.  Yesterday, September 19, was the fourth anniversary of his death.  As parents, we couldn’t imagine 4 weeks or 4 months without our son, let alone four years.  Today, we are once again looking forward, forward to doing exactly what Aaron would have wanted.  From the very beginning we wanted to create a sailing scholarship because that was Aaron’s first love.  He loved sailing (he started at 4 years old, and was on a sailboat at least every summer weekend for the next 20 years) and he especially loved teaching sailing and racing.  Our family thought long and hard about a fund for the Lake Forest Sailing program, where Aaron sailed and taught, but not many students there need scholarships.  Aaron would want to help introduce children to sailing who might not have otherwise had a chance.  We are so proud to help enable the EYC to provide educational opportunities and promote good sportsmanship through sailing scholarships.  After much confusion, sleepless nights, prayer and patience over the last four years,  we knew that we would find the “right” program.  Our family’s love for Ephraim and the whole Door County community make this just really the right thing to do.”

For the past five months, the Moores have been working hard to build a fund benefiting the EYC’s scholarship students.  If you do not already know the Moore family, you can meet them this weekend.   It’s not too late to RSVP for this Saturday’s benefit event at the Lake Forest Club.  All EYC members are invited, and we expect over 100 members, friends and supporters to attend.

Tickets are $100 per person.  The event features cocktails, dinner, dancing and a silent auction.  Advance reservations are required.  You can RSVP and pay online at  http://paperless.ly/Uid2FT, or if you wish to pay at the door please email dockside@eyc.org with your name and the number of attendees.

The Lake Forest Club is conveniently located for EYC members living in the Milwaukee and Chicago areas.  The silent auction will feature lots great items, including his-and-hers EYC sailing jackets, a Flying Scot jib by Mad Sails, a trip to San Diego to sail on the America’s Cup yacht Stars and Stripes, ice cream shipped to your doorstep, a week in one of several luxurious Door County vacation homes, and many others.

The Aaron R. Moore Sailing Scholarship Fund pays for sailing lesson scholarships for junior sailors who are year-round residents of Door County and who otherwise would not be able to afford sailing lessons or EYC junior membership.

Even if you are not able to attend this event, please consider supporting the Aaron R. Moore Sailing Scholarship Fund, or the EYC in general, by donating at www.eyc.org/donate.  The EYC is qualified as a 501(c)(3) public charity, so your donation is tax-deductible.  Thank you.

Yours in Wind and Water,

Jay Lott

Commodore