The Community Boating Center in New Bedford works with young people throughout the year, teaching them boating skills while building confidence and leadership in the young sailors.

Their programs take youngsters out of their comfort zone and exposes them to new opportunities many never thought possible.

Now the CBC is asking for your support to help them continue their mission.

The public is invited to the 2024 Opening of the Bay Fundraiser on May 11 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Kilburn Mill on West Rodney French Boulevard.

Development Director Amy Larkin visited Townsquare Sunday with details about the gala and the work being done by the Community Boating Center.

"We are a youth development and mentor organization," she said. "Sailing is just a means by which we do our work."

Larkin said the center's flagship program is the Summer Youth Sailing Program, and all of the proceeds from the May 11 gala will be directed there.

"Eighty-five percent of the kids in that program receive some sort of financial assistance from our fundraising efforts, which is why the gala is so important," she said. "We want to be the organization for New Bedford families and children, where they can experience their community in a totally different way."

The May 11 gala includes dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling Larkin at (508) 992-9219 or visiting the Community Boating Center website.

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