Building on the success of its powerboat ride day for members of the Wounded Warrior Project during the inaugural Atlantic City Festival of Speed last summer, the New Jersey Performance Powerboat Club is inviting 100 members of the combat-injured veterans organization for rides on Saturday, June 21 during this year’s three-day event. The NJPCC Atlantic City Poker Run on Friday, June 20 and the Atlantic City Offshore Grand Prix Offshore on Sunday, June 22 bookend the Wounded Warrior boat ride day dubbed “Operation: Shore Fun” this year.
NJPPC members such as Tom Anselmi (shown here) stepped up last year to provide powerboat rides for veterans and their families from the Wounded Warrior Project. This year, club is planning to provide almost three times the number or rides. Photo courtesy/copyright Tim Sharkey/Sharkey Images.
Last year, NJPPC club members gave high-performance and center console powerboat rides to 38 participants from the Wounded Warrior group and their families.
“It was so appreciated by the Wounded Warrior veterans and by our club members—and I think we did such a good job with it—that we decided to expand it this year,” said Dave Patnaude, the president of the NJPPC. “So we are looking for boat owners wiling to give rides not just from our membership but from around the local area. We need about 20 boats, not just go-fast boats but center consoles and other boats that can hold more people. There are 400 slip-holders in the marina at the the (host venue) Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, so I don’t think it will be problem.”
Additional information on the Wounded Warrior Project ride day, the Atlantic City Festival of Speed and the entire 2014 NJPPC schedule can be found on the club’s recently redesigned website.
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