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Sat, Nov 11


Columbia Yacht Club

Raise the Sail 2023

Raise the Sail is Columbia's annual fundraising gala for the Columbia Sailing School, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. This year, the event will occur on November 11th, 2023, from 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM aboard the clubship, Abegweit!

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Raise the Sail 2023
Raise the Sail 2023

Time & Location

Nov 11, 2023, 6:30 PM – Nov 12, 2023, 10:30 PM

Columbia Yacht Club , 111 N Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60601, USA

About the Event

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Lake Michigan, Raise the Sail beckons all sailing enthusiasts and supporters to come together on November 11, 2023, for a night of maritime magic. Hosted aboard the magnificent clubship, Abegweit, this annual fundraising gala is a cherished tradition that fuels the aspirations of the Columbia Sailing School, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to spreading the love of sailing far and wide.

As the sun sets, guests will embark on a culinary journey curated by the esteemed Executive Chef Elijah Pulley. A sumptuous family-style dinner will be served, featuring a Harvest Salad adorned with beets, sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, and a tantalizing Maple Mustard Dressing. The main course promises to tantalize taste buds with Smoked Beef Brisket drizzled in a zesty Red Pepper Chimichurri and succulent Roasted Chicken bathed in a Leek Butter Sauce. Complementing these savory delights will be Spice Roasted Carrots, a flavorful Vegetable Rice Pilaf, and indulgent Garlic Parmesan Potatoes. To conclude, a dessert assortment will provide the sweetest of finales.

Throughout the evening, the funk-filled rhythms of the fantastic Funktastic Productions band will set the stage for unforgettable moments on the dance floor, ensuring that no one leaves without having rocked the boat in style.

But the allure of Raise the Sail doesn't end there. Guests will have the chance to win coveted prizes, including five exclusive Michigan vs. Northwestern tickets for 2024, a Chicago Cubs opening day experience paired with a $100 gift certificate to Guthrie's, and Cask & Key rum bottles. For those seeking adventure, an inaugural sail on the Sailing School's new Beneteau, complete with a gourmet picnic lunch spread courtesy of Trogo Restaurant, promises excitement beyond measure.

As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, gifts to the Columbia Sailing School are not only an investment in the future of sailing but also tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. So come, be a part of this night of purpose and celebration, and help us chart a course towards a brighter, wind-filled tomorrow. Raise your sails, and let the journey begin!

Dress Code: Yacht Club Formal

Refund Policy: All refunds will be donated to the Columbia Sailing School.


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