The Chargers Rowing Club is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to develop a dynamic membership and promote a vibrant rowing community while encouraging an appreciation of and respect for the natural resources that surround us.
Our vision is to foster the development of our youth, contribute to the economic well-being of our community, and promote healthy physical/social activities for all age groups within the Greater Syracuse area.
500 Meters Down! 1500 meters to go!
Click the image above to view our progress down the 2k Donation Race Course!!
With your help, we can continue to achieve our mission and vision. Our current goal is to race to 2021 as fast as we can. So we are “Racing a 2k to 2021!”
2020 has been a difficult year for our organization with our programs severely hampered and water time limited. Nevertheless, with creative ideas and lots of volunteerism, we pivoted and provided/taught sculling to juniors and adults at all skill levels from July to November. We maximized all we could with 8 club singles.
Despite all of this, we need your help. While we were able to build this amazing new boathouse a few years ago, it comes with added expenses and costs. We rely on strong programming to support these expenses. The lack of strong team programs, participants and partnerships with our school and corporate partners in 2020 has strained our finances.
Starting with Giving Tuesday on December 1, we are starting a fundraising campaign by “Racing a 2k to 2021!” Our goal: to raise $20,000 by 2021. For every $10 we raise, it brings us 1 meter closer to completing our 2000 meter race/fundraising goal!
We will have a number of ways to donate, which we will share with you shortly but please help us get our boat down the 2k race course to cross the finish line!
So please share this, MARK YOUR CALENDARS and consider including the Chargers in your Giving Tuesday plans on DECEMBER 1st, 2020 and thereafter!
Donate to the Boathouse Project
We have put together great donation rewards to help raise the money! Click an icon below to donate at that level. With your help we can pull together to build this boathouse!
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Learn more about the Boathouse Project
WE ARE ALMOST THERE! The structure is up! Lights are on! Come take a look! Come see the boathouse in person! It’s an impressive structure for us all to be proud of. Remaining work to be done includes but is not limited to: new boat racks, the boathouse bricks terrace and the second floor.
Over the years, the CHARGERS have also hosted the US Rowing Club National Championships. These four-day events brought national attention-as well as travelers and their dollars to the Onondaga County community. The ’97 event alone drew approximately 10,000 spectators to the area. US Rowing, the governing body of rowing in this country, has asked our club to submit bids for similar regattas. In other New York State rowing cities, rowing has brought millions of extra dollars to the community. The CHARGERS vision has been focused on re-invigorating these regattas and other economic development opportunities.
Anyone interested in supporting the CHARGERS vision, please see above for donate levels. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Are you on the list? Please check out our list of donors as of December 6, 2020:
Boat Bay Level Donors ($25,000 or more)
Launch Level Donors ($10,000-$24,999)
Oar Rack Level Donors ($5,000-$9,999)
Gambino Family Fund
In Memory of Peg Harrigan
Lee, Daniel & Suzanne
Large Name on Plaque Level Donors ($2,500-$4,999)
Dancks, Georgia & John
Boat Rack Level Donors ($1,000-$2,499)
The Berical Family
Cygnus Management Foundation Inc.
In Honor of Coach Joseph J Bufano
In Honor of Lyn Hathaway
Markert Jr. Leonard
Scalione, Jennifer & Robert
Vriesendorp, Francine & Huib
Oar Blade Level Donors ($500-$999)
Devendorf, Darlene & David
Hausladen, Michael & Stephanie
Milburn, Kristen & Craig
In Honor of Jennifer Scalione
Small Name on Plaque Level Donors ($250-$499)
Allison Yoest & Emily Baxter: Class of 2005
Dancks, Georgia & John
Handzel, Richard & Doris
In Honor of Joseph J Bufano
In Memory of Joey Peter
Liverpool High School Class of 1990
The Livingston Family
The Sarmast Family
Van Maarseveen, Chari
Vasiliou, Chris (Chris Bury ’74)
Brick Level Donors/Bricks ($125-$249)
The Double – Annie & Liz
Bufano/Strub Wedding 8/9/2014
Coach Anthony Morris
Coach John Groth
Coach Tracey Laszlo
Kirk & Betty Kirkpatrick
Gannon’s Ice Cream
Heineken, Pepper and Mulligan Hathaway
Hathaway, Lyn – To My Posse
In Honor of Leonard Markert Jr
In Memory of Mark Birch
In Memory of Dick Watkins
Lake Merritt Rowing Club
Onondaga Lake Park
Schneckenburger, Jonathan & Jessica
The McCarthy Famiily
The Wilson Family
Greg and Lori Tyler