Applications available for the 2020 Jack London Yacht Club Grants
The Jack London Yacht club is currently accepting grant applications for their 2020 grant season. Non-profit, 501(c)(3) organizations that benefit the communities of Glen Ellen, Kenwood, and the unincorporated areas of Sonoma Valley are eligible to apply for grants of up to $3,000 per organization.
JLYC was founded in 2017 by Commodore Jim Burch and Ana Dominguez, the Vice-Commodore, and other caring Valley of the Moon residents, to help their community after the 2017 wildfires. They raise money by selling $100 memberships and at their annual Dinner Auction held in January, where they sell a limited number of yachts, 15-inch replicas of Jack London’s sailboat, The Snark, and other donated auction items. “Fundraising has been overwhelming to date and I’m looking forward to getting going again,” says Burch.
The highlight of the Jack London Yacht Club Season in their first year was the “Jack to Jack” race in April 2019, where “captains” who purchased boats, watched their boats race down Sonoma Creek from the back patio of the Jack London Saloon, to Jack London Village, a route of a little less than a mile. “I was amazed at how positively the community responded to the first Jack to Jack. You have a bunch of adults and kids playing in the creek”.
This year’s race was canceled due to the current pandemic. Even in future years, the fate of the race is dependent on spring seasonal water levels in the creek. In future dry years, as well as in light of the pandemic, the JLYC may have to get creative on how to continue holding the annual community event.
Applications for the current Jack London Yacht Club grant cycle are due Aug. 21. Recipients will be announced this fall. Eligibility information and an online application is available at forms.gle/7kqzjSp9a5K749Ws8. More information about membership and the Jack London Yacht Club is available at jacklondonyachtclub.org.