Doing something nice for another is great, but when one act of generosity benefits multiple families, the impact is exponential. That is the opportunity that Vince and Linda Stracener of Drumbeat 1 have enjoyed over the last three years. As owners and crew of Drumbeat 1, they have given 4 Virgin Islands sailing yacht charter donations to the Make-a-Wish Foundation in Arizona.
These will be auctioned at the charity’s annual ball presented by Go Daddy. Their donations alone have funded 11 wishes granted to children with life-threatening conditions. At the 2014 Make-a-Wish Ball and Silent Auction, Bob and Renee Parsons pledged to match every dollar with two dollars. The sailing yacht charter donation for Drumbeat 1 was won for $25,000. Coupled with the pledge from the Parsons, their contribution raised $75,000!
Their involvement with the charity has evolved into more than just a generous donation. “Everyone that we have had on the boat so far has all been involved in the charity in some way or another. They were all extremely appreciative of our donation because they see first hand how it helps. One of the groups from Colorado was going to come back this year but they got outbid by the group coming this June. We spent some time with them this summer while in Colorado. They have become fast friends,” said Vince and Linda.
It’s no surprise they make friends with their guests, as they receive rave reviews from them. From one recent guest, “The service could not have been better. The meals were superb, and soon became one of the highlights of the trip. From that small kitchen, Linda created some of the most outstanding meals we have ever eaten. They had memorized the preference lists we had completed, and essentially every item requested was accommodated. The activities were varied, and well attended.”
Fortunately for you, this opportunity is available to those who missed the silent auction as well!
This fully air-conditioned Irwin 72 has traditional teak woodwork and warmly decorated upholstery throughout the interior. Each of the four double cabins sleeps 2 guests and has it’s own head. The dining table seats 8 very comfortably inside the inviting saloon, where Linda will delight you with her culinary skills from a breakfast of Almond Stuffed French Toast to dinners including Stuffed Shrimp, Filet Mignon topped with Gorgonzola, or Swordfish served with a Tropical Mango Salsa. Of course, the day wouldn’t be complete without finishing with a Chocolate Turtle Tart or Strawberry Soufflé.
You and your guests will enjoy Linda’s meals even more if you take advantage of all the exciting activities Drumbeat 1 offers in the BVI. Go diving, snorkeling or swimming in the turquoise waters or stay above water and have fun fishing on the boat, taking a tour in the kayak or lounging on the floating mats. Vince and Linda know the British Virgin Islands well and will plan the itinerary for your charter to include both the popular and lesser-known beauties of the islands.
You make the memories. We make the arrangements.