Freedom Boat Club set to hold 25th anniversary event


The Freedom Boat Club will celebrate its 25th anniversary Friday with a community event on Venice Beach in Florida.

The beach bash will be held from noon to 8 p.m. at Sharky’s on the Pier at 1600 Harbor Drive South. The company said nearly 700 people have promised to attend. Club members and the public are invited.

A proclamation will be presented to company president and CEO John Giglio, by Venice Mayor John W. Hollic and other area dignitaries.

The company said its national network now spans 84 locations in 19 states, with 10,000 club members and more than 800 boats in service.

“Our goal was to reach out and thank everyone who has helped make Freedom Boat Club a success,” Giglio said in a statement. “We’re very pleased by the response to date and look forward to a memorable event and anniversary party.”

A steel drum band will perform and there will be live performances by area kiteboarding professionals and stand-up paddleboard demonstrations hosted by West Marine. A bounce house will be available for children, along with games that include beach volleyball. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. with complimentary soft drinks. A cash bar will be available.

Raffles will be drawn on the hour, including a grand finale that will feature two $2,500 vouchers that can be applied toward membership or credit for existing members.

The company also will raise funds for one of its favorite causes, Renewal Coalition, which provides support for wounded military service members and their families.