Make Waves at Rock the Dock with the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center

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Enjoy Burlington’s Fireworks While Making Sure No Child Is Left on Shore

Lake Champlain, Community Sailing Center, Vermont

Make waves with the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center on Thursday, July 3rd at the 6th annual Rock the Dock Benefit. Proceeds from the benefit will support the McConnell Scholarship Fund by removing financial barriers to Lake Champlain in order to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to experience the Lake from a sailboat, kayak, or stand up paddleboard.

A community-based, non-profit organization, the Community Sailing Center is hoping to raise $25,000 for the McConnell Scholarship Fund that provides lake access to over 5,000 people each year, regardless of age, ability or income.

“Rock the Dock is an excellent example of the type of community camaraderie that allows the Sailing Center to provide scholarships for underserved populations and create equal opportunities for everyone and anyone to enjoy Lake Champlain. We are fortunate to have the help of our friends, sponsors and trustees, along with the hard work of our staff whose support empowers us to make a difference in the Burlington community,” says Mark Naud, Executive Director of the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center.

Every $300 raised from Rock the Dock provides either a week-long camp session for one child from a low-income family, the opportunity for six youths to grow through the challenge of sailing and effective communication with the Leader Ship Program, or a day of hands-on, scientific learning about Lake Champlain for 12 students through the Floating Classrooms Program.

A first-class, front row seat to Burlington’s legendary fireworks, Rock the Dock will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 3rd, and is sponsored by, People’s United Bank, Northfield Savings Bank, Hickock & Boardman Insurance Group, The Edge, Farrell Distributing, and Geri Reilly Real Estate. The annual celebration wouldn’t be complete without live music from DJ Cre8, food from Bluebird Barbeque, La Villa Bistro, Guild Tavern, and Pizzeria Veritas, and drinks from Zero Gravity, Citizen Cider, and Auggie’s signature Hurricanes.

Tickets are available for purchase online at For more information about the Community Sailing Center, please visit

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About Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center:

A community-based, non-profit organization, Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center encourages and celebrates the responsible use and long-term stewardship of Lake Champlain by providing the community with educational and recreational access to Lake Champlain. The Community Sailing Center (CSC) is a vital community resource on the Burlington Waterfront that serves over 5,000 people each year through award winning programs, which use human powered watercraft as a medium to instill a sense of ownership in one of Vermont’s most important natural resources. A cornerstone of the Burlington community for 20 years, the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center inspires lake stewardship, provides universal access to the lake, and is helping preserve the beauty of Lake Champlain for future generations. To learn more about the Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center, please visit:

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