Our Supporters


Without the support of our incredible donors, we would not be able to spread the love of sailing throughout the community. With their generosity, we are able to make repairs to our boats, building, and grounds. Our staff is then able to have the materials they need to instill the love of sailing in a safe, fun, and educational way.

The beautiful new sailing center, docks, and waterfront were able to be built with the support of our foundation and donors through their dedication, passion, and magnanimity.


CYC Junior Division & Northern New York Community Foundation Partnership

The Crescent Yacht Club Junior Division established a formal partnership with the Northern New York Community Foundation in 2015. For more than 90 years, the Community Foundation has been a responsible steward of nonprofit charitable funds and helps foster vibrant North Country communities.

Our organization created an endowment fund at the Community Foundation to support the Junior Division’s programs in perpetuity. The endowment fund provides the Junior Division with a permanent source of income that will increase each year and over time. With a long-standing history of introducing sailing to youth and adults, the endowment is designed to ensure programming will continue in affiliation with the Crescent Yacht Club forever.

To support annual costs for programming and operations, the Junior Division also created the   Crescent Yacht Club Junior Division Sustaining Fund at the Community Foundation. The sustaining fund will help build annual charitable support for scholarships, instructor salaries, facility maintenance, and more.

You may complete your gift in two ways:

Mail a check to:

Northern New York Community Foundation131 Washington Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Designation: Crescent Yacht Club Junior Division Sustaining Fund
Make a gift online: Click to Donate


If you are interested in making a lasting gift in your estate or will to support the Crescent Yacht Club Junior Division funds at the Community Foundation, please contact the Foundation at (315) 782-7110.

May 2023

Dear Supporters of the CYC Junior Division:


2023 Budget

  2021 (actual) 2022 (actual) 2023 (proposed)
PAYROLL $34,151 $43,540 $42,700
*Cut 1 Staff
INSURANCE  $8,182 $13,880 $16,200
PROGRAM  $8,282   $6,768 $11,575
*Includes AED
BOAT SUPPLIES  $1,856   $1,037   $5,525
*Includes New Motor
TOTAL BUDGET $52,471 $65,225 $76,000


Our board has faced many challenges in the past in regard to our budget and this year is especially difficult. We have been committed to keeping our tuition as low as possible. We have kept our tuition rate the same for 7 years, even after the pandemic and as our costs increased. However, this year, increases in salaries and insurance, factors beyond our control, have put us in a difficult position. We want to continue to offer a quality program with safety as our first priority. This means training and hiring the appropriate staff as well as maintaining our fleet and being properly insured. The following is a comparison of the costs over the last three years for our largest expenses (Payroll (minimum wage increase of $1/hr this year), Insurance (which includes liability, building, and fleet), Boat Supplies (gas, maintenance, repairs, and replacement) and Program Expenses (such as: overhead cost of staff training & certifications, web page, registration system, internet/phone, first aid supplies. Along with activity supplies and safety equipment).


This year we will face an enormous challenge to meet our budget even with the tuition increase. We have tried to keep our cost as low as possible and will continue to fundraise to offset the cost. 


Our goal will be to raise $17,000 this year so that we can meet all our needs.



Sustaining Fund Donations

Yellow Burgee ($5000+)

Blue Burgee  ($1000-$4999)

Red Burgee ($250-$999)

White Burgee ($50-$249)

Name a Boat ($4000+)




Thank you to our 2021 Donors!!

Amanda Miller- Lake Ontario Realty LLC
Arlene Terry Plog
Barbara G. Bock
Brookfield Renewable
Cathryn C. and Ford H. Sellers
Charles H. and Judy D. Kilmer
Craig J. Zicari and Anne C. Coon
David K. and Suzanne S. Seiffert
Dr. Robert and Jody C. Asbury
Dr. William Shuman
Edward R. Wardwell
F. Marshall and Sarah Weir
George Family Fund (Janet J. George)
Gretchen Ahlheim Fields

Hope Metcalf
James O'Reilly
James and Susan O'Reilly

Jaqueline Mayer Puleo
John George
Julie Bocciolatt
Julie S. and Nathaniel P. Wardwell
Keith S. and Elizabeth E. Perry
Kim Crawley
LaPlante/Weir Charitable Fund
Leigh Smith Petras
Marjorie and Gary Klar
Mary Marburger Hoffman
New York Air Brake Corporation LLC - President/CEO

Northern New York Community Foundations
Reed Sellers
Renee Waltz
Robert F. Caswell
Sarah Cleaver
Sue Kelso
Valley Peetza/Bay Breeze Gold Links
Walter A. Kolton
Walter Koltun
William C. and Paula R. Borden
William G. and Elizabeth S. George
William S. and Helen L. Couch 


Thank you to our 2022 Donors!!

CYC Junior Division Endowment Fund
William Shuman
Cathryn and Ford Sellers
Stephen W. and Harriett M. Sabo
Elizabeth S. George
Brookfield Renewable

Michael J. and Anne Harris
Paige T. and Chapko, Terry J. Shuman
Julie Smith
Anne Richter Ashley
Julie and Michael Bocciolatt

Gregory and Karen Montgomery
Teresa Dewey and David Plante
Angela Stiansen
Water Systems Unlimited
Rachel and William McDonough