The Sea Tow Foundation is happy to announce it has named the Stamford Sail and Power Squadron winners of its Golden Life Jacket Award. The group was presented with its award last month at the United States Power Squadron Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
The Golden Life Jacket is given annually to men and women across the country who make a difference in their local boating communities. The Stamford Squadron received this year’s award for its work over the past year hosting a Sea Tow Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Station on its hometown Connecticut waters.
(Gail Kulp and Gino Bottino)
“These men and women are true heroes,” said Gail R. Kulp, Sea Tow Foundation executive director. “We couldn’t be prouder of the enormous difference they’ve made in making boating safer throughout the Stamford community. This award is a testament to all the hard work they’ve put in over the past year.”
The partnership between Stamford Sail and Power Squadron and the Sea Tow Foundation dates back to 2016, when Commander Gino Bottino first applied to host a loaner station in Stamford as part of the foundation’s grant with the United States Coast Guard. In addition, the squadron hosted a mini life jacket loaner station, for the Wilson Point Association, at its Fireman/Police Appreciation Evening in nearby Norwalk, where families of first responders were treated to a picnic and boat rides.
The Sea Tow Foundation hosts 348 Life Jacket Loaner Stations across the United States, supplying more than 35,000 life jackets for boaters to borrow and return, free of charge. In addition, the Foundation hosts the Designate A Sober Skipper program, urging boat captains to stay sober when at the helm.
The Sea Tow Foundation and United States Power Squadrons have a relationship that goes back many years. Due to the two organizations’ similar missions and outlook, the duo has partnered on numerous occasions.
“Our values and those of the U.S. Power Squadrons align astonishingly well,” Kulp said. “We both strive to do everything we can to make being out on the water a safe and enjoyable experience for boaters of all ages and experience levels.”
For more information on the Sea Tow Foundation or to apply for a Life Jacket Loaner Stand in your area, please visit www.boatingsafety.com.
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