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Go-Fast Boats For Good Causes

Come on, ‘fess up. When a group of high-performance powerboats rockets by you on your local waterway, that last thing you think is, “I’ll bet the guys who own those boats do a lot for people less fortunate than them.” Yeah, I’m pretty sure that—between the conjured images of gold chains, silk shirts, and buxom babes a few decades younger than their hosts at the helm stations—that’s the last thing that crosses your mind.

Performance boat owners such as Tom Anselmi, who opened his 38-foot Donzi to veterans from the Wounded Warriors Project during this summer's inaugural Atlantic City Festival of Speed, gave generously of themselves in 2013. Photo courtesy/copyright Tim Sharkey/Sharkey Images.

Performance boat owners such as Tom Anselmi, who opened his 38-foot Donzi to veterans from the Wounded Warriors Project during this summer’s inaugural Atlantic City Festival of Speed, gave generously of themselves in 2013. Photo courtesy/copyright Tim Sharkey/Sharkey Images.

Yet the truth is that high-performance powerboat community consistently reaches out to the world of charity in a big way. It’s been like that for a long time, but when it came to fundraising for those in need or providing joy for individuals—from veterans in the Wounded Warriors Project to mentally and physically challenged children and adults in New Jersey— who find joy hard to come by, 2013 was a banner year in the go-fast world.

Don’t believe me? Keep reading.

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