Sarasota Yacht Club gives back to local nonprofits

The Sarasota Yacht Club philanthropic branch is SYC Cares.

Giving back to Sarasota is something that the Sarasota Yacht Club takes seriously.

After the club received a philanthropic face-lift in 2016, SYC Commodore Hugh McIlrevey said one of the top initiatives of its nonprofit, known as SYC Cares, became to be viewed as a positive community citizen and not just “a bunch of entitled folks with big boats.”

“SYC Cares, which is the arm that is driving all of our philanthropic outreach into the community, was born from that [2016] meeting,” McIlrevey said. “It has been incorporated into our strategic plan, it is one of the seven strategic initiatives, and it is one of our seven strategic goals.”

In January, the nonprofit launched its new program, Community Connections, that invited 10 nonprofit organizations from around Sarasota to set up booths for about 150 yacht club members to learn more about their missions.

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