With the exception of the Qatar Cup, which will be held in February in Doha, Qatar, the racing season’s over, but if you want to be part of a cool event that does a whole lot of good, check out the Boating Toys for Tots event on the Saint Johns River in Florida on the Dec. 6 weekend.
There is no entry fee. Just bring a toy to donate and you’re in the event. The boats gather at Palatka, Florida, (the Quality Inn in Palatka has package-deal rates for the weekend) on Friday, Dec. 5, and there’s a lunch run down the river followed by an evening meet-and-greet and dinner at the host hotel. That’s followed by a party with a live band.
On Saturday, there’s a captains meeting at 10 a.m., followed by the Toy Run to Welaka, Florida, where the boats drop off their toys to the U.S. Marines waiting at the docks at Andersen’s Lodge. Then the boats head back to Palatka for dinner at the host hotel and another party with a live band and the Miss Toy bikini contest. Anyone interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor can contact [email protected] or call 407-760 3481.