For the second straight year, Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville will be providing a special day out on the water for Dreams Come True. But this year, the children involved will also participate in a one-of-a-kind ceremony. At 11 a.m. on Friday, March 31 at Julington Creek Marina, Freedom Boat Club will be christening its newest boat in honor of the nonprofit organization. The marina is located at 12807 San Jose Boulevard.
“We love being able to serve these great kids and honor this organization,” said Lisa Almeida, CEO of Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville. “We wanted to do something memorable and special.”
Freedom Boat Club’s new 21-foot Key West bow rider will be officially christened “Dreams Come True.” The 2017 model features a 200 horsepower four-stroke Yamaha motor and can accommodate eight people.
“The ceremony will feature sparkling grape juice for the kids to enjoy,” Almeida said.
Dreams Come True works to provide unforgettable memories for children from northeast Florida and southeast Georgia, ages 2 to 18, who have life-threatening illnesses. The organization has granted more than 3,600 Dreams over the years.
The local affiliate of Freedom Boat Club, which operates out of Julington Creek Marina, in Jacksonville, and at Camachee Cove Marina, in St. Augustine, will take the children out for a cruise to Green Cove Springs and will provide a picnic lunch.
Freedom Boat Club, the world’s oldest and largest boat club, has more than 15,000 members and more than 1500 boats in 19 states. The Jacksonville affiliate has 60 boats from which members can select.
“Dreams Come True is a wonderful organization and we want to support its efforts,” said Almeida. “We are pleased to be able to name a boat in its honor and in honor of all the children it serves.”