Jeff Szumigale, Senior Vice President at PNC Financial Services Group, presented a check to BMC Executive Director, Richard Eisenberg. The PNC Foundation donated $5,000 to support the construction of Erie’s historic 1812 Schooner Porcupine, which will sail as the Schoolship for Presque Isle Bay. Thank you so much!
The Bayfront Summer Credit Recovery Program begins Monday, June 19th. Twenty-seven Erie High School students have registered and hope to complete one or more classes towards their successful graduation. BMC teachers will assist students and sailing, rowing and paddling will be available for the teens in the afternoons. We are looking forward to a great summer!
Ales for Sails Please join us on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 6 to 9 PM for BMC’s Fifth Annual Ales for Sails fundraiser. Tickets are now available through Eventbrite. Click it for ticket – Ales for Sails Tickets
SAVE the DATE!!! Cheers to Five Years!!! Come to our 5th Annual Ales for Sails event featuring local craft beer, delicious food provided by Stephany’s Catering, music by Millennium Sound and more! This event sells out every year, so be sure to order your tickets early. All tickets will be sold in advance and will go on sale the first week of December. Must be 21 years old to attend. We are excited to welcome local breweries Voodoo, Lavery Brewing, Blue Canoe, Erie Brewing, Erie Ale Works, Timber Creek, 5 & 20 Spirits and Brewing, The BrewErie and (new this year) Millcreek Brewing
Dear Friends and Supporters of the Schooner Porcupine, Join us for food and fun at an open house in the BMC boatshop, Thursday the 14th of July from 5 to 7 pm. See the construction progress on Schooner Porcupine. Learn more about the Schoolship for Presque Isle Bay and the other summer programming underway at BMC.
Thank you to Project VOYAGE mentor, Anne Sinopoli, for her fine work. Anne is a 2012 Graduate of Clarkson University where she majored in Mechanical Engineering. Her job at GE brought her to Erie where she began to volunteer for BMC, first at our fundraisers, and then joined the Board of Directors in 2014. Anne’s enthusiasm is contagious! When she learned of a Project VOYAGE student who was interested in a STEM related field, she jumped at the chance to assist Ghana in pursuing her career path. Thanks to The Erie Community Foundation for funding Project VOYAGE. In
Porcupine fans, we are underway on Kickstarter! Please check out our campaign, and see all the awesome rewards we are offering to backers! Click here for a short descriptive 1813 Schooner Porcupine video.
The Erie Yacht Club‘s Log recently had a feature article on Christopher Laird, one of BMC’s dedicated volunteers and a inveterate sailor. Chris is a mentor for our Project SAIL and Project VOYAGE apprentices, assists with our events and boat projects, and participates in our Community Rowing Program. Chris also volunteers as an ESL tutor at the Multicultural Community Resource Center. Way to go, Chris!
THANK YOU to Gannon University‘s Chemistry Department and Environmental Science Club for doing their 2015 Day of Caring service at BMC. The volunteers did maintenance work on our gravel driveway and picked up trash around our waterfront campus. BMC loves its volunteers!
A huge THANK YOU to all everyone who came out and supported a great cause tonight! And what a fantastic group of volunteers we had, too! Such a cool event. #ales4sails
THANK YOU to Highmark for their work at BMC on Highmark’s Make a Difference Day. Working with BMC staff and volunteers, the Highmark volunteers built 30 wooden storage boxes that will help organize BMC’s tools and supplies. Thank you!
THANK YOU Gannon University for planting three white oak trees on Saturday on our campus! Gannon planted 170 trees around the city in a grant funded program called “TreeVitalize”.
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 him on the path of being accepted into Central Tech Career & Technical School’s carpentry program. BMC is a United Way of Erie County funded organization. Project SAIL is currently recruiting for its fall session. For more information, go to: https://bayfrontcenter.org/education/project-sail/ “We have embarked on a