New England Science & Sailing Hosts 9th Annual Benefit Gala Nov 4

Fundraiser to build brighter futures through STEM-based education programs, on and off the water, for students from all walks of life

New England Science & Sailing Foundation (NESS) is thrilled to announce it will hold its 9th Annual Benefit Gala on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Haley Mansion in Mystic, CT. This year's gala will highlight NESS's award-winning programs as well as honor those who helped NESS serve more than 7,500 students throughout Connecticut and Rhode Island since last year. Funds raised at the gala are used to support NESS's annual fund and provide scholarships to keep NESS inclusive and accessible. 

The Gala will feature a silent auction, live auction, and a paddle raise for scholarship. Keeping in line with NESS's experience-based education, the silent and live auction items will feature a variety of unique experiences for bidders. The event will be catered by The Haley Mansion at the Inn at Mystic and live music will be performed by The Savage Brothers Band of Hartford, Connecticut. 
NESS President Spike Lobdell commented, "There aren't too many activities more empowering than putting kids in boats - sailing, kayaking, surfing, jumping off and snorkeling - many times digging deep to overcome fears and anxieties - then returning to shore - safe and with a new level of confidence. We get students thinking for themselves and create a new challenging environment where they believe they 'can.' These opportunities are available to too few children these days, and at NESS we are committed to offering these experiences to students from all walks of life."
New England Science & Sailing Foundation Annual Benefit Gala Details

  • Saturday, November 4, 2017
  • 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Haley Mansion
  • 3 Williams Ave, Mystic, CT 06355 
Buy Tickets 
Tickets are $125 per person and include drinks, dinner, and dancing. To order tickets, or to sponsor the event, call 860-245-4472, email, or visit
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New England Science & Sailing Foundation, Inc. (NESS) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) ocean adventure education organization that engages students in experiential learning to build confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills. Marine sciences, adventure sports, powerboating, and sailing are platforms for inquiry-based learning, personal discovery, teaching respect and responsibility for the sea, and creating connections with the community. NESS operates year-round with families, schools, and organizations to provide high-quality programs that blend an innovative curriculum with exciting ocean adventure activities. For more information, visit