Sarasota Yacht Club Donates Weekly Dinners to Sarasota Memorial Hospital Staff

Sarasota, Florida – To thank those on the front line for their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sarasota Yacht Club members are donating 50 dinners every week to Sarasota Memorial Hospital staff through the club’s philanthropic arm, SYC Cares. Dinner delivery starts today and will continue each Wednesday.

“This is our way of showing our gratitude to hospital CEO David Verinder and his committed staff who knowingly and courageously put themselves at risk to care for the people of our community,” said Sarasota Yacht Club Commodore Hugh McIlrevey.

SYC families have been involved in the donation, including youth members contributing hand-drawn thank you cards to insert with the meals. 

 SYC youth member Wyatt Wrigley, age 13, wrote in his thank you card, “We are all living in some hard times right now. For many, it can be hard to cope, but because you are there for us, we know that we are all going to be okay. Thank you so much.” Wyatt’s 8-year-old brother Mitchell added, “I want you to know that you are special.” Their 11-year old brother Wesley concluded, “Thank you so much for sharing your time and dedication for the sake of another’s health and for keeping us safe through the tough times.”

“We are honored that we have this opportunity to say thank you to the true heroes,” said Karen Harmon, Sarasota Yacht Club’s GM/COO. “At this critical time, those working around the clock to keep us safe and healthy are genuinely inspiring.”

About Sarasota Yacht Club
Founded in 1926, Sarasota Yacht Club is one of the original 13 members of the Florida Council of Yacht Clubs. Totally rebuilt in 2010, SYC is a private year-round yacht club rich in history that is a favorite port of call for reciprocal members from all over the world. SYC offers a great range of amenities for both yachting and social members who span all ages and professional experience. The Club has been recognized as a Distinguished Elite Club by Boardroom Magazine and recently designated by the Club Leaders Forum as a ‘Platinum Club of the World’ – one of only 50 private yacht clubs selected in the world. For information, contact Stephania Feltz at 941-365-4191 or

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