Serving our friends and neighbors in the Indian River County community
Hundreds of non-profits in Indian River County deliver great programs and support to many in need. Few deliver the life-changing impact that young people can derive from the sport of rowing. You may not have heard it before but rowing is an ancient sport that continues to attract hardworking, motivated young people who develop through rowing not only their physical prowess but the character and discipline to succeed in school and the world beyond. Many of our graduating varsity rowers are eligible for lucrative college scholarships as a result of their hard work and dedication on our team. In short, rowing helps grow healthy, strong young adults and prepares them to be successful in life.
Vero Beach Rowing is a relatively young rowing program that in a few short years has grown into a shining light in the community. The Toffey Rowing Center, our beautiful new boathouse, was open only a few short months before COVID-19 forced us to re-invent training our teams. With a vigilant and flexible leadership team, we adapted and continue to adapt to changing COVID-19 conditions to continue our youth programs without interruption throughout the pandemic. With your help we can do so much more!
Your contributions are helping us grow our youth rowing programs to serve more young people across the county working with our outreach partners at the Boys & Girls Club, Crossover Mission, Hibiscus Children's Center and the Homeless Children's Foundation.
The goal of the 2021 Vero Beach Rowing Erg-a-Thon is to raise more than $25,000 through this special event that tests and strengthen our athletes’ physical fitness, personal character and their ethics of cooperation. Starting at 10:00am on October 16 at our the Toffey Rowing Center, teams of rowers will spin their rowing machines for 42,195 meters - a full marathon 26.2 mile distance! Each rower has been challenged to raise at least $700 to meet our goal.
What motivates them? Over the summer of 2021, Vero Beach Rowing provided 72 campers with 160 weeks of instruction, all while changing our instruction model from team boats to individual single shells due to COVID-19. More than Over 30 percent of our summer campers received assistance from our scholarship fund, much of it raised at last year’s Erg-a-thon.
While we ask for your help, we don't expect to win it without showing you our passion and dedication to each other, to the community, and to our club's mission: "To promote and teach the sport of rowing to the community in order to develop physical fitness, personal character and an ethic of cooperation through competitive and recreational opportunities.”
Please help send even more kids to rowing camp next summer and help us subsidize those rowers in need to participate in our year-long activities. You can do this with a tax deductible gift to Vero Beach Rowing, Inc. a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit.
Fundraising the Vero Beach Rowing way is fun and easy to do. We give you all the tools you need to make a difference in the lives of many young people in our community.
If you are unable to be part of an Erg-a-thon team, you can still become a fundraiser and rally your friends, family, and networks to support our work. By working as an Erg-a-thon fundraiser for Vero Beach Rowing you will help us reach our goal, and you'll help your friends feel good about doing good!
Corporate/Foundation sponsorships of $250 or more earn the privilege of having their logo featured on our website, on the Erg-a-thon T-shirt and on a donor appreciation banner displayed at the boathouse and at the Vero Beach Rowing team tent at all regattas.
Thank you joining our effort to help the widest number of young people in Indian River County achieve their full potential while developing the necessary skills for great future success.