While the temperatures may be dropping around DC, things were warm and celebratory on board Virginia’s Jewel, the covered yacht that hosted the Easter Seals Young Professionals first annual sunset cruise. The event featured a kitschy Gilligan’s Island theme, manifested in the festive tropical decor. Only a slight autumnal chill reminded cruisegoers of the temperate clime, but on-board activities like nautical trivia, a limbo contest, raffle, live DJ, and a costume contest kept guests cheery late into the evening.
The Young Professionals Council supports the services of Easter Seals Greater Washington-Baltimore Region. The group also aims to raise awareness of these services to a younger audience by assisting the Board of Directors, volunteering time, offering support to the organization and to individuals with disabilities and special needs through Easter Seals programs and fundraising events.Ultimately, it molds the next generation of non-profit leaders.
The evening kicked off with mingling amongst the young professionals. An open bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres kept guests engaged as we set sail right as the sun set. Although guests were confined to the boat until 9, no one felt inhibited as ample entertainment occupied each partygoer. Trivia, with an appropos nautical theme, commanded the attention of the boat’s most competitive (prized included bragging rights and Amazon.com giftcards!), while the DJ on the second floor played party beats to get people boogying. The evening concluded with awards being given to the best Gilligan, Skipper, Thurston Howell, Ginger, Mary Ann, and Professor costumes.
As guests hopped back onto dry land, one thing was for sure: this was a very successful first annual benefit, with the promise of many more to come!
For more information about the Cruise and the Easter Seals Young Professionals Council, log on towww.gwbr.easterseals.com/YPC.