Set Sail for Fun: Inaugural Red Shield Regatta Launches in March

The evening will be hosted by Captain Lee Rosbach of Bravo TV’s Below Deck.

The inaugural Red Shield Regatta will feature a yacht-themed evening of entertainment that raises funds for a local organization. The fundraising event, presented by The Salvation Army of Broward County, will occur from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at JM Family’s “The Park” in Deerfield Beach. Special guest host Captain Lee Rosbach from Bravo TV’s Below Deck and Couch Talk with Captain Lee & Kate will be present to welcome guests and emcee the event. Other notable attendees include WPLG Local 10 Anchor Nicole Perez, WPLG Local 10 Reporter Roy Ramos, 101.5 LITE FM’s Host Julie Guy, and 102.7 FM The Beach Host Gaby OC. The funds raised through the event will benefit the Plymouth Colony, a transitional housing complex in Hollywood that provides shelter and supportive services for families facing adversity.

“The Salvation Army of Broward County is delighted to present the Red Shield Regatta, a new, fun concept and our first major fundraiser of the year,” says Major Juan Guadalupe, area commander for The Salvation Army of Broward County. “We are grateful to longtime benefactors JM Family for their title sponsorship and support and we invite the community to join us as we virtually raise our sails and funds to benefit our neighbors in need. Together, we can make a lasting impact.”

Guests attending The Red Shield Regatta can look forward to gourmet food, an open bar, live entertainment, a silent auction, and model boat racing. Guests are encouraged to wear cruise or resort attire to fit the event’s theme.

Throughout 10 seasons on Bravo’s Below Deck, Captain Lee Rosbach became a widely adored household name with over 1.2 million followers on social media. Despite not seeing the ocean until he relocated to the Turks & Caicos at 35 years old, he has spent 30 years circumnavigating the world as a mega yacht captain, renowned for his humorous one-liners and straightforward demeanor. Captain Lee’s signature confidence is palpable whether he is appearing on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen or speaking before politicians on Capitol Hill.

“JM Family has enjoyed a long-term community partnership with the Salvation Army of Broward and has supported many of their programs, not only financially, but through board participation and our associate volunteer program,” says Pete Sudler, Vice President of JM Family Enterprises, and an advisory board member for The Salvation Army of Broward County. “Supporting efforts to ensure Plymouth Colony has the appropriate funding to continue helping families toward self-sufficiency and permanent housing opportunities aligns perfectly with JM Family’s charitable giving initiatives.”

The Salvation Army of Broward County is involved in a range of year-round critical operations, including multiple shelters and housing programs to assist individuals experiencing homelessness, weekly food pantry distributions, daily soup kitchen, and an annual Angel Tree toy distribution program that brings happiness to local families during the holiday season, among others. The community can support these initiatives by participating in fundraising activities like the seasonal Red Kettlebell ringing campaign and the new Red Shield Regatta this year. All funds raised directly assist the most disadvantaged residents of Broward County.

The Red Shield Regatta is sponsored by JM Family Enterprises with additional support provided by Bombardier, HMY Yachts and Gulfstream.

Tickets are $150 each and sponsorship opportunities are available at https://give.salvationarmyflorida.org/RedShieldRegatta. For more information, contact Dave Hayton, The Salvation Army of Broward County’s development director, at (954) 524-6991 or [email protected].

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