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Save the Date for the 20th Annual Make-a-Mark!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 6-10pm


About Make-A-Mark 

Heading into its 20th year, Make-A-Mark is Courageous' signature summertime gala and fundraiser for Courageous's youth development programs. Last year's Make-a-Mark could hardly have gone better -- it was a perfect night out for nearly 600 Courageous friends and supporters who came out to Charlestown and together raised over $135,000 to support Courageous kids, helping them not only to learn how to sail, but also to succeed in life. 


Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Hors d'Oeuvres, & Live Music
Beer, wine, and and cocktails will be provided by Dirty Water Distillery, Gosling's Dark n Stormy, Samuel Adams, Gordon's Wines and Premier Bartending, and will be paired well with delicious hors d'oeuvres from Capers Catering, Forklift,  Above and Beyond Catering, and East Meets West catering. Under the big tent from Peterson Party Center, the band, Compaq Big Band, will keep the music going all night long.

FAF - Laser About Fund-A-Future

When you donate to Fund-A-Future you are directly supporting  scholarships for children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to learn to swim and to sail.
Every summer, Courageous provides programs for over 1,000 Boston youth ages 8 to 18, regardless of their ability to pay.  Our staff of 100 instructors specialize in creating a unique learning environment where young sailors can build their self-confidence and leadership skills through a challenging and fun curriculum that emphasizes environmental sciences. 
Since 2012, in addition to our core programs, Courageous has also focused on providing more support for youth from Boston's high-poverty neighborhoods.  Through our "Reach Initiative" we have provided intensive 3-5 week experiences for over 200 youth, joining academics with sailing and swimming lessons, and adding tranportation, meals and extended day options to help further reduce and eliminate any barriers to entry to Courageous programs.   In 2016, all funds donated through Fund-a-Future will support the Courageous Reach Initiative, providing the highest-impact Courageous experience to more Boston children.  The cost per child for a full five-week program is $2,500.  Please click here to contribute directly to Fund-a-Future.  Thank you for making a difference in the lives of Courageous kids!  

MAM - AuctionSilent & Live Auctions

The auction is always a highlight of the evening. Last year's silent auction was one of our most diverse in recent memory with over 75 items. From weekend getaways in Maine to brunch at the Top of the Hub, there were many happy guests who walked home with a win or two. The live auction was expecially exciting, with six very exclusive items including brunch for 10 with the mayor and the chance to toss out the first pitch at a 2015 Red Sox game at the center of a couple bidding duels. When combined, the two auctions raised well over $40,000 for the Courageous youth program!  

Questions about the event

Whom will the proceeds benefit?

Courageous Sailing teaches sailing and life skills free of charge to over 1,000 Greater Boston children each year. We use sailing instruction as a platform for learning and growth, with a focus on personal responsibility, communication, teamwork, problem solving, and stewardship. All funds raised through our ticket sales, silent auction, raffle and event sponsorships go directly to support our youth programming and provide scholarships for children who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to learn to sail.

Why are funds needed? 

While Courageous provided over 30,000 hours of programming to over 1,000 children in 2015, and will provide even more in 2016, only one-third of students applying for our Summer Youth Program will be admitted into our program due to limited funding and capacity.  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 fun while supporting Courageous Sailing - you and your friends!

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

There is no age limit to enter the event. Drinks will be available for guests over the age of 21 with proper identification.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?  

See the Location and Parking sections to your right for more information.  

Coming from the north or south shores?  Look to your right for information on complimentary bus transportation to and from Marblehead and Marion.

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 because this is an outdoor venue, please check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

General inquiries can be directed to Amanda Anastasia at Courageous Sailing. Call at (617) 242-3821 x11 or amanda@courageoussailing.org

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Printed tickets are not required for individual ticket purchases.

Group tickets will be under the name of the sole ticket holder or company that purchased the tickets. When you arrive, please let the attendant at the check-in table know what group you are with.

What is the refund policy?

There are no refunds available.

Event Information


Courageous Sailing, Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard.  Click for directions


Parking is available at the Flagship Wharf parking garage (197 8th Street) for $13 if you arrive after 5pm and depart before midnight and in the Nautica parking garage (88 Constitution Road) for $10 with validation. Vehicles are not allowed to park or make drop-offs on the pier.

Bus Transportation from Marblehead and Marion

Need a ride?  Thanks to the support of our sponsor, Paul Revere Transporation, we are providing FREE BUS RIDES to and from the party for Courageous friends from Marblehead and Marion!  If you would like a ride, registration is available HERE!  Registration for the bus DOES NOT include a ticket, so if you still need to purchase your tickets to the party, please do so here!