Joey’s Race 2019: Media

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 12, 2019

Contact: Brian Chaltry, Marketing & Communication Director, M&M Yacht Club
Phone: (920) 915-4422
Email: marketing@mmyc.org

JOEY SHEPRO MEMORIAL EVENT RAISES OVER $24K FOR MAKE-A-WISH
44 boats register for the largest sailboat race on Green Bay

MENOMINEE, Michigan — The M&M Yacht Club and the family of Joey Shepro are pleased to announce a record fundraising effort and a record turnout for the 2019 Joey Shepro Memorial Doublehanded Sailboat Race, which was held on Saturday, August 10.

The Marinette-Menominee community came out in force, donating silent auction items, volunteering time, and generously giving to Make-A-Wish Michigan. A total of $24,480 has been raised, with money still coming in. This amount will fully fund four seriously ill children’s wishes. Further contributions are accepted and can be made by contacting Joe Shepro at (906) 290-3094.

In addition to the fundraising effort, the sailboat race held in Joey’s memory registered 44 boats. 38 of those sailed a 13-mile course from Menominee around Green Island and back in perfect conditions on Saturday afternoon. Deanna Peterson and John Peterson, of Bayside, WI, won the race aboard their 38-foot sailboat Charrette.  Shepro family members also came from around the country to participate and compete in the event.

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FULL RACE RESULTS can be found at mmyc.org/sail/joey-shepro-memorial/2019-joey-shepro-memorial-doublehanded-race/joeys-race-2019-results/

ABOUT JOEY SHEPRO

Joey Shepro was the son of Joe and Connie (now Doboy) Shepro. An avid sailor and fine young man, he died of an inoperable brain tumor in June 1995. In summer 1994, Joey experienced a “Best Sailing Season Ever” courtesy of M&M Yacht Club members. For more information about Joey, visit mmyc.org/sail/joey-shepro-memorial/

ABOUT M&M YACHT CLUB

Founded in 1935, M&M Yacht Club has been a presence at the Menominee waterfront ever since, currently organizing dozens of sailing and marine-related events each year. Often referred to as “a social club with a boating problem,” the Club is an all-volunteer organization which welcomes all who want to share in the enjoyment of the Menominee waterfront. For further information, visit mmyc.org or facebook.com/officialmmyc .

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Charrette, skippered by Deanna Peterson and John Peterson, crosses the finish line in the 2019 Joey Shepro Memorial Doublehanded Race (credit Val Ihde)

 

Deanna Peterson (L) and John Peterson sail their Beneteau 38, Charrette, in the 2019 Joey Shepro Memorial Doublehanded Race. (credit Val Ihde)

 

Warren Popp (R) and Fred Hoida sail Popp’s Sabre 34, Moxie, in the 2019 Joey Shepro Memorial Doublehanded Race (credit Val Ihde)

 

Ken Kreider (L) and Jean Willes sail Kreider’s Yankee 30, Betsy B, in the 2019 Joey Shepro Memorial Doublehanded Race (credit Val Ihde)

 

The family of Joey Shepro celebrates 25 years of making seriously ill children’s wishes come true. (credit Val Ihde)

 

Jesse Peterson’s Sadie Hawkins and Rick Estebo’s Eagle XXX battle for second place during the final leg of the 2019 Joey Shepro Memorial Doublehanded Race (credit Val Ihde)

 

Jesse Peterson’s Sadie Hawkins and Rick Estebo’s Eagle XXX battle for second place during the final leg of the 2019 Joey Shepro Memorial Doublehanded Race (credit Val Ihde)

 

Sailors make their way back to Menominee after sailing around Green Island during the 2019 Joey Shepro Memorial Doublehanded Race (credit Val Ihde)

 

Deanna Peterson celebrates after winning the 2019 Joey Shepro Memorial Doublehanded Race (credit Val Ihde)

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