Why would a guy over-bid wildly on a charity auction item only to return it to the auctioneer to raise money for the same great causes—Make-A-Wish of Central New York and the River Wellness Center at River Hospital—next year? That’s exactly what Tom Hall, a participant in last weekend’s 1,000 Islands Charity Poker Run in Clayton, N.Y., did after paying $10,000 for a radio-control boat.
Or why would rock music buff Peter Roberts, the co-owner of Double R Performance in Ontario, Canada, agree to donate one of his prized Fender guitars—soon to be signed by an as-yet-unnamed country music star—to 17-year-old Jake Buchman, whose wish for a home recording studio was granted during the same event?
Because Hall and Roberts are members of the performance-boating community, and when it comes to giving back they—like so many of their fellow go-fast boat lovers—have high-performance hearts. They don’t give back because they have to. They give back because they want to.
These days, you’ll have a tough time finding an organized boating event that doesn’t raise money for a worthy cause.