July 18, 2017 | 6 – 10 pm

Make-A-Mark is Courageous’ signature summertime gala and fundraiser for our 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 $150,000 to support Courageous kids, helping them not only to learn how to sail, but also to succeed in life.

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Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Hors d’Oeuvres, & Live Music

Beer, wine, and and cocktails were provided by Dirty Water Distillery, Gosling’s Dark n Stormy, Samuel Adams, Gordon’s Wines and Premier Bartending, and 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, kept the music going all night long.

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Catered Hors d’Oeuvres

Enjoy tastings from several local restaurants and caterers.

Beer, wine, & liquor

Enjoy craft brews and spirits from local breweries and distilleries as well as a selection of wine.

Great music all night

Every year Make-A-Mark delivers a great band and dancing under the Peterson Party Center tent.


Beyond all the food, drink, music, dancing and fun of Make-A-Mark, Fund-A-Future is a short section toward the end of the evening that provides an opportunity for Make-A-Mark guests to support scholarships for kids and families who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to participate in Courageous programs. Financial need tops the list of barriers standing between many kids and a great summer on the water. Many families also need extra help with transportation, access to swimming lessons, meals, extended day care, and summertime academic support.

Since 2012, Courageous has been addressing these 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.”

When you give to Fund-A-Future, you are helping support the Reach Initiative, Swim Sail Science, and all Courageous kids who need an extra helping hand to learn to sail and so much more.

Every child’s perspective is improved 50 yards offshore