It is Bridesburg Outboard Club’s mission to provide a safe family boating environment along the Delaware River for our membership, their families and guests. BOC was founded on September 3, 1954 and are active members of the Delaware River Yachtsmens League.
BOC was at this location for about 8 years until the summer of 1962, when Rohm and Haas purchased the Stewart Smythe lumber yard. The clubhouse and equipment were relocated to the foot of Jenks St. about 300 yards south of the Reynolds St. location. A 10′ x 50′ ramp was installed to the low water mark. In March 1963, BOC joined the “Pennsylvania Pleasure Boating Association,” and on April 14, 1965, the club became incorporated.
In June, 1970 work began on a new clubhouse, it was 20′ x 30′ cinder block construction. With a lot of hard work and determination the clubhouse’s construction went swiftly, and by Thanksgiving Day
the same year, the roof was being put on. In the seventies, the club grew immensely thanks to dedicated officers and members working for the betterment of the organization.
During the eighties the clubhouse was improved with electric, water, a kitchen, and bathroom facilities. January 1981 marked the clubs admittance to the “Delaware River Yachtsmen’s League.” In 1985,
the club held it’s first catfish tournament. The event was an astounding success, so it was agreed upon that the tournament would become an annual event. A year later in 1986, our princess Stephanie Howells was crowned “Queen of the Delaware River Yachtsmen’s League.”
The house was completely remodeled again in the early nineties to suit the growing membership it had scene in the past decade. In 1999, BOC moved to our current location at the foot of Buckius St., and construction soon started on developing the new land. First and foremost, the boat ramp was constructed quickly followed by the gang way and the docks. With the basic needs for a boat club met, the club focused on improving the waterfront, constructing a gazebo on the water and walkways by the river.
In the last few years, the club has improved at an astounding rate. The summer of 2007 started the first of the clubs massive undertakings to make the land ready for the construction of their new home. The waterfront was further improved by adding paths and stairs to the docks, and a year later the construction of a pavilion stocked with grills, picnic tables, and lighting. It is around this time that grass was planted by the river now that development of that area was complete.
AIDS Fund provides emergency financial assistance to people living with HIV disease and organizations providing HIV services in the Greater Philadelphia region, while providing education and increasing public awareness of HIV/AIDS issues. AIDS Fund is also the Philadelphia affiliate of The Names Project, curating panels of The AIDS Memorial Quilt for a local audience. The Annual AIDS Walk Philly takes place on the third Sunday in October.
AIDS Fund’s mission is to educate about, and increase public awareness of, HIV/AIDS and to provide emergency financial assistance to people living with HIV disease and organizations providing HIV services in our communities. In 1987, volunteers from Philadelphia’s lesbian and gay community center, Penguin Place, organized a Walk-A-Thon to support area AIDS agencies and raise public awareness about the disease. Philadelphia’s first AIDS Walk raised $33,000. Since then, thousands of fundraising walkers have gathered each year to participate in the region’s largest annual HIV/AIDS public awareness and fundraising event. To date, the regional AIDS Walk has raised almost $16.7 million for HIV/AIDS public awareness, prevention, and care services for people living with HIV disease.
Since its founding in 1989, AIDS Fund has expanded its activities beyond the annual AIDS Walk to include the popular monthly fundraiser GayBINGO, which has gained national recognition through a WHYY documentary that aired on PBS stations nationwide; Black-Tie GayBINGO, a more formal version of our monthly event which features a silent auction, dinner, dancing, and, of course, GayBINGO; Workplace Giving Campaigns, which provide employees an easy way to contribute to the fight against HIV/AIDS through payroll deductions; a Holiday Toy Drive which collects and distributes toys to children infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS; and numerous public awareness projects including the “AIDS in Philly” video series and 1981-Until It’s Over… multimedia display and sidewalk timeline. AIDS Fund also produces a variety of smaller events and public awareness activities throughout the year.
Since its founding, AIDS Fund has remained committed to the philosophy that by coming together, each individual can make a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS in our community. AIDS Fund volunteers, donors, and corporate sponsors are valued for their compassion and their response to the AIDS epidemic.