Thursday, July 14, Egan Maritime Institute will host its annual Launching Lives, Lasting Legacies Fundraiser in at the Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum from 5 to 7 pm.
Egan Maritime Institute’s mission is to preserve and celebrate our island’s seafaring heritage. The Launching Lives, Lasting Legacies cocktail party celebrates all of Egan Maritime’s programs, with a special focus on our educational arm: Sea of Opportunities.
Sea of Opportunities is a diverse offering of education and outreach programs available to every Nantucket student at multiple points throughout their educational careers. It seeds the maritime workforce of tomorrow and opens doors for local youth to opportunities that will enhance their futures and our coastal community. Over the past eight years, Egan Maritime has provided opportunities for local youth to sail aboard a Tall Ship for three- or seven-day expeditions to learn the ropes and find confidence at sea. Each participant has earned the title of Student Mariner upon their return. These sails have greatly impacted their futures. Some Student Mariners who have graduated from Nantucket High School have gone on to maritime institutions and academies, and they all attribute their choice of education and career paths to their time on the Tall Ship Lynx and their Student Mariner experiences.
The annual Launching Lives, Lasting Legacies fundraising event is held on the gorgeous grounds of the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum and will include heavy hors d’oeuvres from A Taste of Nantucket, a raw bar from Legacy Raw Bar Co. , and signature cocktails from Cisco Brewers.
Guests will hear brief updates from Evan Schwanfelder, Director of Maritime Education and from Captain Don Peacock of the Tall Ship Lynx and will hear stories from students who have participated in Sea of Opportunities programs throughout the years. Plus, there will be an exclusive pop-up exhibition inside the museum about the Sea of Opportunities programs and students.