Friends of the Waterfront Board members, along with staff and students of the Waterfront, are working hard on this year’s 30 for 30 Challenge, which was started with a message from seniors Anna Fratello and Justin Quick:
Everyone who has visited Eckerd College knows that the Eckerd Waterfront is an incredible place to get out on the water, whether in a kayak, on a stand-up paddleboard, in a powerboat or just to swim. But for many Eckerd students like us, the Waterfront means much more. Being part of the Waterfront community teaches us how to be part of something greater, to collaborate with others and to learn something new—all while enjoying a beautiful setting.
We are both seniors preparing to graduate this May, and from the time we were freshmen, the Waterfront has been our home at Eckerd College. We’ve had two different experiences—one as an EC-SAR (Eckerd College Search and Rescue) member and the other as a work scholar for the Waterfront—but in both cases the Waterfront community shows us every day what it’s like to be part of an organization where separate work groups come together to make the whole stronger. Our community provides us and our peers with the chance to safely learn new skills while pushing us beyond our comfort zone, all in an environment primed for success.
We are writing to you because the Friends of the Waterfront Board, which is composed of Eckerd alumni, has pledged $30,000 to the Waterfront and its programs. We challenge all Waterfront alumni, parents and friends to raise an additional $30,000 by June 1, 2017. This matching $30,000 from you and others will provide for the Waterfront’s greatest needs, ranging from replacing kayaks and paddleboards, to purchasing new electronics for rescue boats, to supplying camping/kayaking trips at our breathtaking Florida rivers. Your contribution will enhance the Waterfront Program to enrich the lives of Eckerd students, like us, for generations to come.
We hope for participation from all Eckerd friends, parents and the entire team of Waterfront alumni—from EC-SAR members to water-skiers and sailors—as we unite as a community to support a program that has meant the world to us. Please consider making a gift to support the Waterfront. To participate, you may use the enclosed reply card or give online at eckerd.edu/givetoWF.
Anna Fratello ’17
Justin Quick ’17
Waterfront Work Scholar
Here is how you can contact your Board Members:
Tom Moore ’99
Ainsley Legner ’83
Kim Amendola ’92
Dominic Campanella ’98
Alicia Lorfink ‘14
Eric Lundin ’84
John Meiners ‘84
Greg Mino ’93
Kevin Sherburne ’78
Jesse Turtle ‘91
Renee Register ’83
Director of Waterfront
William C. Covert
Become a Member
Welcome! Thanks for taking a moment to reflect on the time you spent at the Eckerd College Waterfront Program.
We formed The Friends of the Waterfront to keep alumni like you connected to the EC Waterfront and to each other. The purpose of the association is to:
- Strengthen alumni ties and encourage alumni involvement
- Offer career networking opportunities to students and alumni
- Draw on alumni expertise to support the program
Why become a friend? The Waterfront Program has enriched the lives of countless Eckerd College students, faculty, and staff for over three decades. Become a friend to affirm the importance of the Waterfront and its three goals: Lifetime Sports, Education and Community Service.
Join us and make new memories for yourself and for future generations of Eckerd students. We need you. You can make a difference.
As a Friend, you’ll have the opportunity to:
- Meet with alumni and program supporters at sponsored events on campus
- Get involved with committees and event planning
- Create internship opportunities for today’s students
Or simply stay up-to-date with the latest news, upcoming events and goals of the Waterfront.
How much you do is completely up to you!
Membership is open to EC Alumni and their families, former Waterfront Staff, EC Faculty and Staff, and special friends. There are no dues required for membership, but we hope you will make an annual contribution to support the Waterfront.