Party like it's 1929 to help the Saline Crew teams roar into the 2012-13 school year.
The fourth annual Great Gatsby Regatta – a fundraising gala to be held next week – will benefit Saline Crew, the men’s and women’s rowing teams at Saline High School.
The festivities will happen from 6-10 p.m.Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Weller’s Carriage House on Saline’s Mill Pond, 555 W. Michigan Ave. in Saline.
The Great Gatsby Regatta will again have a “Roaring Twenties” theme. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to wear flapper outfits, straw hats and bow ties, or other period attire. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, male and female.
Attendees will enjoy a prime rib au jus dinner catered by Wellers, along with wines from Saline’s own Spotted Dog Winery and beer from Grizzly Peak in Ann Arbor..
Attendees may also partake in a whiskey and cigar bar, mingle amongst antique cars, dance to vintage jazz and swing tunes played by the Saline Big Band, and try their luck in the no-stakes Blackjack Challenge. During the event, a silent auction featuring a wide variety of products, memorabilia, tickets and services will be held offering guests the unique opportunity for some one of a kind purchases and deals!
The cost of the event is $55 per person or $100 per couple. Groups can reserve a table of 8 in the Captain’s Quarters for $480 or rectangular tables of 10 in the main dining room for $475. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.salinecrew.org
Proceeds will help build a community boathouse, for shared use by Saline Crew and the Eastern Michigan University rowing teams, on Ford Lake in Ypsilanti Township, near Lakeside Park, where the teams practice as well as be used for equipment purchase and maintenance.
Approximately 150 people have attended each of the earlier Great Gatsby Regatta events and as many or more are expected this year.
Saline Crew is a club sport that depends for support upon volunteering and fundraising, especially by team members’ parents, and donations from community members.
The team has two competitive rowing seasons: fall and spring. The fall season consists of longer endurance races (like cross country) and the spring season is the sprint season (like track). The team travels out of state once or twice per season to attend regional regattas as well as the National Championships, which Saline qualified for this year and in 2010.
Saline Crew consistently earns medals at Michigan State Championships and Midwest regional regattas as well as most recently winning the 2012 Michigan Scholastic Rowing Association State Championship in the Women’s Junior Varsity 4. This past spring season, the Women’s Varsity Pair also earned a berth at the 2012 National Championships in Oak Ridge, Tennessee by finishing second in the 2012 Midwest Scholastic Championships and ended the season ranked 17th in the nation.
In 2011, the Women’s Varsity Pair and Women’s Novice 4 both won medals at the State Championships and in 2010, the team’s Men’s Lightweight 8+ boat took first place in the State Championships, earning a trip to Nationals in Saratoga, New York, where they came in 12th. The Men’s Lightweight 4+ boat also finished fifth nationally at the American Schoolboy Championship in Tennessee in spring 2008.
More information can be found at www.salinecrew.org..