Chicago Yacht Club asks all participants to consider making a generous donation to one or more of our designated charities or become a benefactor by making a Medal Level Donation. Each of our designated charities makes a difference in the lives of Chicago’s children, each in different ways.
The Chicago Yacht Club Foundation is a charitable organization committed to providing opportunity for all, regardless of age, special needs, or income, to experience the joys of boating in its many forms. Through our nautical education programs, grants & scholarships, and support to other organizations which share our mission, the Chicago Yacht Club foundation has a robust set of on- and off-the water programs that serve this mission in Chicagoland, and provides resources for those in Chicagoland and elsewhere who wish to continue beyond what the Foundation offers. Learn more about what we do, and support the Foundation at
This year, the Chicago Yacht Club Foundation has begun to support the development of community sailing immersion programs – opportunities for underrepresented kids to attend sailing school programs in the Chicago area. In 2022, the Foundation is serving as the Platinum Sponsor for the Jackson Park Yacht Club Foundation’s Open Horizons program, which makes sailing school classes available to more than 200 kids in the South Shore and Englewood neighborhoods. Additionally, the Foundation – in partnership with the Chicago Yacht Club – launched the First Annual SOS Illinois Sailing Camp, which is an exclusive sailing experience from kids from SOS Illinois Villages Illinois, one of the three charitable partners associated with the Chicago Regatta. In 2023, the Foundation will use all funds raised from the Chicago Regatta this year to expand on these community sailing immersion programs.
The UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital is advancing the forefront of kids’ health. Their pediatric specialists are committed to offering every child the latest treatments and clinical breakthroughs. Some of the current areas of research include novel approaches to pediatric epilepsy, potential treatments for neuroblastoma at the genetic level, and innovative care for premature babies.
Hannah Jones, who is now over 18 years old and healthy, suffered from pediatric epilepsy for many years. However, the care that was provided by her doctors at Comer Children's allowed her to finally stop her epilepsy medication because of the ketogenic diet.
"Diagnosed with pediatric epilepsy in 2011, Hannah has been off and on epilepsy medications that caused deteriorating stomach issues, migraines, and excess weight gain. The upbeat teenager was forced to miss more the 23 days of school last year because of seizures and side effects from her medications.
Her doctor, Chalongchai Phitsanuwong, MD, at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, shared with Hannah and her mom, Tonya Jones, a possible solution—the ketogenic diet—a therapy prescribed for the treatment of pediatric epilepsy when medications fail." Read the full story here.
SOS Children's Villages Illinois offers an innovative approach to traditional foster care. Their model of care gives children the opportunity to live in a nurturing, stable, single-family home with their brothers and sisters in the care of a full-time, professionally trained Foster Parent in one of the Villages. Children benefit from the stability of remaining with their siblings as well as the support of neighboring SOS Illinois Foster Parents and the entire community.
The kind and generous funds from the Chicago Regatta helps SOS Children’s Villages Illinois at a most crucial time to support the needed educational and emotional needs of the children in our care. This level of support significantly aids our efforts to address many of the educational gaps that occurred during the pandemic.
In addition, this gift allows us to enrich clinical services for the children and families to find security and stability to keep their lives moving forward. SOS Illinois is most grateful to the Chicago Regatta Committee for all the resources they provide to children in need and for being a consistent beacon of hope to many.