Girard Equipment's HETY Award for February Goes to the IR Youth Sailing Foundation

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Girard Equipment's $300 prize is going to a growing youth organization geared towards sailing education and technique.

Anna Valencia from Girard Equipment presenting HETY Award to Chris & Charlie Pope

It is truly inspirational to see what a passion for sailing can do for these kids.

The Indian River Youth Sailing Foundation just celebrated their third annual cook out fundraiser at the Vero Beach Yacht Club. Presenting sponsor Girard Equipment was elated to be a part of the event and learn more about this family driven organization. "The kids were all so well behaved and diligent in their tasks; it is truly inspirational to see what a passion for sailing can do for these kids." stated Anna Valencia, Marketing Director for Girard Equipment.

Founded in 2009, the Youth Sailing Foundation began their partnership with the Vero Beach City Marina to offer free sailing classes to the area's youth. Now having built over twenty eight entry level wooden sailing boats the YSF provides lessons all year long. The YSF uses sailing as a vehicle to teach life skills such as self-reliance, goal setting, leadership, problem solving, and self-confidence; this organization is run entirely on donations. To find out more visit http://www.ysfirc.org and to nominate your youth focused organization for the HETY Award presented each month by Girard Equipment visit http://www.girardequip.com to download the application.

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