Gage, a graduate of BMC’s after-school program Project SAIL, is currently featured in the United Way of Erie County‘s Faces United campaign. Gage was accepted into the program in January, where he received a hands-on learning experience that translated into a passion for carpentry and boats, especially the U.S. Brig Niagara. Gage’s experience through Project SAIL set
Bayfront Maritime Center hosted the Third Annual Presque Isle Bay Messabout on August 16-17, 2014 at their waterfront campus. There were many beautiful hand-crafted boats on display. The committee honored the following entries: Traditional Design/Traditional Construction – Whaleboat “Bruce” – Craig Holm & DJ Kitzel Best Restoration – Rhodes 29 “Altair” – Joe Nagle Traditional
With thousands of spectators cheering them on, more than 150 boaters set sail in their cardboard boats for the Bayfront Maritime Center’s annual cardboard boat regatta. Some sailed all the way to the finish line, some barely made it, and others sank. But the regatta is more than just a competition, it’s a fundraiser for
BAEP Site Supervisor and Project SAIL Instructor
In August 2009, Dennis Williams, a Sarah Reed Children’s Center employee of over twenty years, came to BMC as Site Supervisor for the newly formed Bayfront Alternative Education Program (BAEP). Since his first day at BMC, he has been an invaluable team member. His understanding of the students is unsurpassed, guiding with a firm but compassionate hand. His interest in helping inner-city kids grew as he mentored Project SAIL apprentices in the skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce. Dennis is always pitching in with a “whatever it takes" attitude, whether it’s MCing the Cardboard Boat Regatta or serving on the BMC Board, and he brings a kind-hearted approach and great sense of humor to all that he does. We couldn’t do it without him.