Donate to the Chargers

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!

Click an icon below to donate now:

 – CHARGERS Rowing Club T-Shirt

CHARGERS Rowing Club T-Shirt

$125 Boathouse Project Donation

Your name on a boathouse brick

$250 Boathouse Project Donation

$250.00 –
Your name (small) on a plaque in front of boathouse

$500 Boathouse Project Donation

Your own CHARGERS oar blade

$1000 Boathouse Project Donation

Your name on a rack in the new boathouse

$2500 Boathouse Project Donation

Your name (large) on plaque in front of boathouse

$5000 Boathouse Project Donation

Your name on an oar rack for the new boathouse

$10,000 Boathouse Project Donation

$10,000.00 –

Your name on a launch

$25,000 Boathouse Project Donation

Your name on boat bay

$250,000 Boathouse Project Donation

Your name (shared) on the boathouse

$500,000 Boathouse Project Donation

Your name on the boathouse

Any amount donation!

Any Amount
Want to donate an amount not listed? Click here!

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
Peter, Joseph
Purdy, Bill
Sansoucy, Paul

Large Name on Plaque Level Donors ($2,500-$4,999)
Dancks, Georgia & John
Hathaway, Lyn
Konys Family
Reitz, Marc

Boat Rack Level Donors ($1,000-$2,499)
Bates, Liz
The Berical Family
Bradshaw, Deborah
Cygnus Management Foundation Inc.
D’Eredita, Michael
Garofalo, Kathleen
Grant, Nancy
Gruenberg, Jennifer
In Honor of Coach Joseph J Bufano
In Honor of Lyn Hathaway
Julian, Marjorie
Markert Jr. Leonard
Mignano, Michelle
Roock, Dan
Scalione, Jennifer & Robert
Vriesendorp, Francine & Huib

Oar Blade Level Donors ($500-$999)
Devendorf, Darlene & David
Dunstone, Robert
Geihe, Wolfgang
Georgianna, Laura
Georgianna, Peter
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
Brody, Mitchell
Dancks, Georgia & John
Devendorf, Darlene
Eastman, Tanya
Garofalo, Nicole
Handzel, Richard & Doris
Harrigan, Peg
Hathaway, Trevor
In Honor of Joseph J Bufano
In Memory of Joey Peter
Karns, Krista
Kochan, Joseph
Marsella-Lewenberg, Catherine
Liverpool High School Class of 1990
Marhardy, Pat
McGillis, Katrina
Morris, Anthony
Mueller, Sandra
Pesot, Jeffrey
Purdy, Bill
Riley, Becky
Shapero, Sarah
Silverman, Josh
Spies, David
Spranger, Amy
The Livingston Family
The Sarmast Family
Van Maarseveen, Chari
Vasiliou, Chris (Chris Bury ’74)
Vertigan, Mary

Brick Level Donors/Bricks ($125-$249)
Bates, Liz
The Double – Annie & Liz
Bernhardt, David
Budmen, Catherine
Bufano, Joe
Bufano/Strub Wedding 8/9/2014
Coach Anthony Morris
Coach John Groth
Coach Tracey Laszlo
Coach Wilson
Craig, Lisa
Dancks, Georgia
Dancks, John
DeForest, Dallas
Doherty, Mary
Dudzick, Paul
Ellsworth, Patricia
Kirk & Betty Kirkpatrick
Enck, Nicole
Fuleihan, Julia
Nate Hill
Gannon’s Ice Cream
Garofalo Family
Garofalo, Nicole
Grant, Nancy
Handzel, Michele
Hathaway, Colleen
Heineken, Pepper and Mulligan Hathaway
Hathaway, Joy
Hathaway, Lyn
Hathaway, Lyn – To My Posse
Hathaway, Trevor
Holmes, Kimberly
In Honor of Leonard Markert Jr
In Memory of Mark Birch
In Memory of Dick Watkins
Jordan, Gary
Krauss, Beth
Kretschmer, Cara
Lake Merritt Rowing Club
Laszlo, Larry
Lentz, Abbe
Mahnken, Greg
Menacho, Carlos
Miller, Seana
Muldoon, Sean
Onondaga Lake Park
Ornstein, Kirk
Palmieri, Walter
Perkins, Linda
Pickard, Gary
Premo, Jason
Rawlings, Megan
Reynolds, Joseph
Rust, Cynthia
Scalione, Jennifer
Schneckenburger, Jonathan & Jessica
The McCarthy Famiily
The Wilson Family
Greg and Lori Tyler
Vertigan, Mary
Winfield, Adrienne