2012 Annual Appeal

Dear Friends of Riverside,

Our club’s mission is to provide the best environment so that a rower of any caliber can achieve their rowing goals. This year, I am reaching out to you to encourage you to help Riverside and its mission by supporting the Riverside Annual Fund.

The Annual Fund will support all the activities and programs of Riverside, and will help us plan for Riverside’s future.

The Riverside High Performance Group offers the perfect environment, expertise and opportunity for athletes to fulfill their dream to, one day, represent the United States in international competition. Our sweep programs provide racing opportunities for all ages, from recent college graduates to Veterans. Our sculling group has helped rowers of all abilities–from multi-time Head of the Charles winners to recent converts from sweep rowing–to improve their technical and racing skills. The Riverside Junior program provides an opportunity for high school students to further develop their athletic, leadership and team skills.

As you know, programs are shaped by coaches. Riverside’s coaches are dedicated and passionate professionals with the experience and knowledge to provide a successful environment for rowers. Your unrestricted gift to the Annual Fund will benefit our coaches and the success of all of our programs by helping to provide for Riverside’s greatest needs, be they emergency or planned.

We invite you to also consider designating your support specifically to the Riverside Facilities Fund that will help bring our boathouse up to the quality of the programs it hosts. The work badly needed in the building (porch repair, first floor beam support, dock repair, upstairs framing repairs, updating the fire sprinkler system, upgrading the electrical and heating systems) will cost an estimated $2Million and your generosity would really make a difference.

Finally, every year Riverside is proud to send some of its rowers to compete on the world stage representing the United States. This year, we are extremely happy and proud that Hillary Saeger(Lightweight Women’s Quad) and Andrew Hashway(Lightweight Men’s Eight) will be competing in the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on August 15-19. To support Hillary, Hash and future athletes at the international level, you are able to designate your gift to the Worlds Athletes Fund so we can continue to foster excellence in rowing at Riverside.

We have already gathered 100% support from the Riverside Board and we are looking to receive the support of 100% of our members.

Because you are passionate about rowing and about Riverside, please support our club and its broad-ranging programs with your Annual Fund donation today.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Igor Belakovskiy
President, Riverside Boat Club