Rocking the Boathouse 2022

Rocking the Boathouse is Rocking the Boat's spring event at the Loeb Boathouse in Central Park, a fitting location for the organization’s alumni and metropolitan area supporters to come together and celebrate their shared appreciation of wood, boats, water, and all that is possible for the young people of the South Bronx.


Thursday, May 5, 2022
(VIP pre-event 5:30-6:30pm


Loeb Boathouse 
East 72nd Street and Park Drive North 
New York City


5:30 p.m. 
VIP indoor-outdoor cocktails featuring model sailboat racing with special guest Gary Jobson, and rowboat rides 

6:30 p.m. 
Cocktail reception, rowboat rides, live music  
Silent auction opens 

7:00 p.m. 
Presentation of the Pete and Toshi Seeger Alumni Award and a special Honorable Mention

8:00 p.m.
$50,000 Dock Challenge

8:30 p.m. 
Silent auction closes

Festive attire

Become a Sponsor

Funds raised will support Rocking the Boat's signature Boatbuilding, Environmental Science, and Sailing youth development programs; wrap-around social work and college counseling; extended services for program alumni; and inspiring outdoor experiences for middle schoolers and the larger South Bronx community.  Rocking the Boat has developed a reputation as one of the most extraordinary programs of its kind in the nation.  Over 800 young people have participated in the Youth Development Program since its inception and many thousands more have experienced Rocking the Boat’s broad reaching Public Programs.

All guests must show proof at check-in that they are fully vaccinated.  Rocking the Boat and the Boathouse designed the event and space to meet guests at their individual comfort level.  If the event is  cancelled or postponed for any reason, requests for refunds will be honored.

Shuttle service is available at approximately 15-minute intervals to take guests to and from Fifth Avenue and the Boathouse.  It stops at the corner of 72nd Street and at 80th Street near the Metropolitan Museum’s garage.

Special pre-event activities featuring Gary Jobson for VIP ticket holders


Race a model sailboat 
Stack your sailing skills up against fellow guests or cheer on your favorite sailor during our model sailboat regatta at the Conservatory Water with color commentary by Gary Jobson.

Go for a row 
Treat yourself to a ride on the Lake in a wooden rowboat hand-made by Rocking the Boat students. 

Please note that there are two different VIP tickets available, a Sailors ticket and Mates ticket. Sailors will race in a model sailboat regatta at the Conservatory Water, Mates will cheer them on.

Rocking the Boat

Youth grow best when they can explore interests, engage with their peers, set and attain goals, and spend time in a safe and supportive environment. This is what Rocking the Boat is all about. While our programs would benefit any kid anywhere, we are intentionally located in and serve residents of the South Bronx to counterbalance systemic inequities that impact, yet do not define, this vibrant community. ​​

  • On average, 96% of Rocking the Boat students graduate from high school on time. That rate is 17.8% in Hunts Point generally.
  • Nearly 100% enroll in college or technical schools directly out of high school 
  • 95% of participants grow in social emotional competency

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$50,000 Dock Challenge

Rocking the Boat’s floating dock is the home base of our Sailing Program at the mouth of the Bronx River.  It must be replaced this year.  Our Board of Directors will match all dock gifts dollar for dollar, up to $25,000.  Please participate in the Dock Challenge and help us raise a total of $50,000 for this project by the time the event on May 5 ends.  If you are unable to attend Rocking the Boathouse but would still like to participate in the Challenge, please contact Talene Kelly at and she will ensure that your gift is counted toward the match.

Rocking the Boathouse Sponsors

Benefit Committee 
Caroline Coleman 
Ken Murphy 
Leo Nemirovsky 
Trish O’Callaghan 
Edie Owen 
Layng Pew 
David Posner 
Chase Welles

Rocking the Boat Board of Directors
Jennifer Galvin
Demetris Giannoulias
Stacie Hoffmesiter
Matt Landry
Liz Mack
Frosty Montgomery
Carla Murphy
Antonio Ramos
Taji Riley
John Ryan
Thom Thacker
Peter Wright