Courageous' signature event.
Boston Harbor's best outdoor gala.

Essential fundraising for our youth program.

May 31st, 2018

6PM - 8PM
Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard

Now in its 22nd year, Make-A-Mark is Courageous Sailing's signature springtime gala on Pier 4. It is one of Boston Harbor's best parties of the year and our youth program's most important fundraiser.

Make-A-Mark features cocktails, food tastings, dancing, and live music while our guests take in the beautiful skyline from Boston's best waterfront venue. Any and all guests are welcome, even non-sailors. All funds raised through our ticket sales, silent auction, raffle, and event sponsorships directly support our youth programming and provide scholarships for children who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to learn to sail.

Tickets are now available, so grab a friend (better yet, grab 9 friends!) and come enjoy a wonderful evening under the big tent on Pier 4. This year, we are thrilled to have amazing food and drink sponsors, as well as live music and dancing under the Peterson's Party Center tent.

We hope to see you at this wonderful spring gala, and we thank you for supporting Courageous!

Make-A-Mark Partnerships


Live & Silent Auctions

Generous donors provide a wide range of auction items. 100% of proceeds benefit Courageous Youth Programs.

Download the Auction Donation Packet

Food & Drink Donations

Each year, Boston-area catering and beverage services provide delicious tastings, refreshing cocktails, and a selection of beer and wine.

Download the Food & Drink Partner Packet

Make-A-Mark Partnerships

Individuals and companies can directly support Courageous Kids this year by making a financial contribution at Make-A-Mark.

Download the MAM Partner Packet

Event Information

Who will the proceeds benefit?
Courageous Sailing teaches sailing and life skills free of charge to over a thousand of Greater Boston's children. We use sailing instruction to teach key leaderships competencies, personal responsibility, communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and stewardship. All proceeds from Make-A-Mark will fund the youth sailing and leadership programs.

Why are additional funds needed?
While Courageous Sailing will serve around 1,100 children and provide over 30,000 hours of programming in 2018, only one-third of students applying for our Summer Youth Program will be admitted into our program due to limited resources. Additional funding is needed to expand access and to maintain the high quality of our programming and fleet.

Who will be there?
Members, neighbors, volunteers, parents, young professionals, sailors from throughout the region, and anyone who wants to have a blast while supporting Courageous Sailing.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
There is no age limit to enter the event. Drinks are available for guests over the age of 21. Proper identification is required to receive your drink wristband.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Parking is available at the Flagship Wharf parking garage, located at 197 8th Street, Boston, for $13 if you arrive after 5 pm and depart before midnight, as well as at the Nautica parking garage, located at 88 Constitution Road, Boston, for $10 with validation. Please note, vehicles are not allowed to park or make drop-offs on the pier. Click here for a map with directions.

What can/can't I bring to the event?
There is no place to store your personal belongings, so only bring what you will need. There is ample space under the tent, but keep in mind that this is an outdoor event, so please check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
General inquiries can be directed to Lauren Saalmuller at Courageous Sailing. Contact Lauren at (857) 452-1766 or

What if I would like to pay via cash or check?
Please send an email to our office manager, Jacob Breslin, at detailing your interest in paying with cash or a check. You will then be added to the guest list and receive direction on how to pay. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Printed tickets are not required for individual ticket purchases.Group tickets will be distributed by mail prior to the event and should be presented at the check-in table when you arrive at the event.

What is the refund policy?
There are no refunds available.


Financial need tops the list of barriers standing between many kids and a potentially life-changing summer experience. Many families also need extra help with transportation, access to swimming lessons, meals, extended day care, and summertime academic support. In 2012, Courageous launched our Reach Initiative–which targets all barriers to participation for kids at every level of our program–to address these issues head on. Each year, over sixty 4th and 5th graders participate in our Swim Sail Science program, an intensive two-year program that blends sailing, swimming, and academics taught by Boston Public School teachers. Swim Sail Science has been proven effective in reducing summer learning loss and helping youth build invaluable life skills. When you give to Fund-A-Future, you are providing crucial support for the Reach Initiative, Swim Sail Science, and all Courageous kids who would not be able to experience the joy of sailing without your help.

Give today

Though Fund-A-Future has a home at the heart of Make-A-Mark, it’s truly a year-round effort. Please consider giving to Fund-A-Future today.

Courageous Leadership Profile

Ladd and Sigrid Thorne

Since 2012, Courageous has been addressing challenges head on through our Reach Initiative, which targets all barriers to participation for kids at every level of our program, and through our Swim Sail Science program, an intensive two-year program for rising 4th and 5th graders that blends sailing, swimming and academics (in partnership with Boston Public Schools) that has been proven effective at reducing summer learning loss.

Ladd and Sigrid Thorne have been champions of these programs from their inception. This year they channeled their energy into making Fund-A-Future and over-the-top success, and in doing so, helping to secure the future of the Reach Initiative and Swim Sail Science for next year’s students.

Read their story

Thank you to our 2017 Make-A-Mark Sponsors

Thank you to all of the Make-A-Mark sponsors who made the 2017 event the most successful to date–it was a perfect night out for Courageous friends and supporters who came to Charlestown and together raised over $160,000 to support Courageous kids, helping them not only to learn how to sail, but also to succeed in life.

Coyne Fund Trust

Bullerjahn Family Fund