Q & A: Aaron R. Moore Sailing Scholarship Fund

The Aaron R. Moore Sailing Scholarship Fund is relatively new to the EYC, so we provide this handy Q & A.

Q:  What is the purpose of the Fund?

A:  The Fund provides EYC sailing lesson scholarships for students who are year-round residents of Door County who would not otherwise be able to afford lessons. Also, some of the money raised by the Fund each year is deposited into an endowment to pay for future scholarships.

Q:  Who was Aaron Moore?

A: 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.

Q:  Why did the Moore family create this fund?

A:  To tell why the Moore family has created an EYC fund in Aaron’s name, we 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.  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.”

Q:  How can I help?

A:  Please attend the Fund’s gala dinner and silent auction at the Lake Forest Club on April 26.  Advance reservations are required.  To register, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-aaron-r-moore-sailing-scholarship-fundraiser-tickets-7610777039

Q:  Whoo hoo, party!  What’s happening at the party?

A:  The Caribbean-themed party is your chance to catch up with your EYC friends as summer approaches.  There will be an open bar, steel band music, excellent appetizers, a gourmet dinner and a silent auction.

Q:  Is the party only for EYC members?

A:  The Moore the merrier!  The party is open to anyone who wants to help support the Fund, not just EYC members.  Bring your friends as your guests, or invite your friends to register themselves at eyc.org

Q:  I can’t attend the party, but I would like to help the Fund.  How do I donate?

A:  The Fund would be grateful for your donation of goods or services which we can auction off. Or, you can donate to the Fund by check or credit card. To donate goods or services, contact event co-Chair Sherry Moore skmoore524@gmail.com, or phone (847) 702-6974.  To donate using a credit card, go to eyc.org/donate.  To donate by check, mail your check to the EYC at P.O. Box 331, Ephraim, WI 54211

Q:  Is my donation tax-deductible?

A:  Yes, the EYC is qualified as a 501(c)(3) charity, so your donation is tax-deductible.  All donors will receive a written acknowledgement of their donation from the EYC.

Q:  How many scholarships has the Fund provided so far?

A:  The Fund helped pay for 45 sailing lesson scholarships for EYC students in 2o13, its first year.  We hope the EYC will be able to offer at least as many scholarships in 2014.

Q:  Where is the Lake Forest Club?

A:  It’s in Lake Forest, Illinois, in the north suburbs of Chicago, conveniently located for EYC members living in the Milwaukee, Chicago and Madison areas.