Nyack, NY - Over 100 people attended the Rockland Rowing Association's 11th annual Pull with Purpose Row-a-thon this past weekend to support fundraising efforts for a new grant program and much needed rowing equipment. The event which took place in the Adler community room of the Palisades Center, grossed over $36,000 making it Rockland Rowing's most successful fundraiser event ever.
Of the total raised, corporate sponsor Crestron Electronics generously donated $15,000 through a matching gift. It will be allocated to a new grant program designed to encourage scholarship, athleticism, and involvement in rowing. “Crestron gave us a challenge that they would match any gifts made to RRA dollar for dollar up to $15,000. Everyone loves a challenge, and I commend our supporters for going above and beyond the campaign goal. We feel so fortunate to have Crestron as a steadfast partner who bestowed RRA with a matching gift for two consecutive years," said RRA rowing director Melissa Boyd.
Dan Feldstein, the COO of Crestron Electronics said, “Crestron is thrilled to continue our support of the Rockland Rowing Association. We are very proud of the hard work and dedication of all of the participants in the Pull With Purpose row-a-thon for exceeding their fundraising goals and it is with great pleasure that we make our matching donation."
The remaining balance of $21,000 is slated for new equipment for the growing team such as boats and oars. A new two-person shell can cost as much as $15,000 and a pair of sculling oars as much as $1,000.
The Pull with Purpose event was established in 2006 as a charity row to sponsor community partners like the American Lung Association and the local Nyack Center. Beginning in 2016, RRA focused fundraising efforts inwards to meet the needs of the growing rowing organization. RRA continues to help local organizations in other ways by lending equipment and manpower. This September RRA will provide outrigger canoes to the Nyack Center for their own fundraiser on the Hudson River. The next RRA fundraiser will the the annual Thanksgiving pie sale in October.