2019 Cardboard Boat Race

A fundraising event for Family & Children's Service of Ithaca

Event Information

Family & Children's Service of Ithaca is proud to present our First Annual Cardboard Boat Race. The event will set sail on Sunday, September 15 from 2 PM - 6 PM at the Ithaca Yacht Club, and all proceeds will go to furthering our mission. This event will be the first of its kind for Tompkins County and we are thrilled to be at the helm. 

The event centers on a boat race that challenges teams to build boats created primarily from cardboard and duct tape that they will need to be able to get in and sail across the Ithaca Yacht Club harbor. Boats should be constructed ahead of time—teams can spend all summer perfecting a boat or 20 minutes the night before—and will need to be registered by August 30. The Cardboard Boat Race is meant to inspire people to work together, employing creativity and ingenuity, to get their boat to cross the finish line. Land lovers can come and cheer on their favorite team while enjoying great food, music, and a day by the lake. 

Boat team sizes are unlimited, but all crew members will be required to purchase a spectator ticket. Spectator admission will cost $50 and includes delicious food catered by Luna and two drink tickets. Prizes will be awarded for fastest elapsed time, best construction, best theme, best name, and most epic sinking. Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca is committed to providing the highest quality mental health and related social services to our entire community, and we hope you’ll join us in celebrating community mental health on September 15! We promise it’s going to be a day you won’t forget—so grab your life jacket and meet us at the Ithaca Yacht Club. 

Important note about parking: The Ithaca Yacht Club parking lot will be reserved for boaters on the day of the event. Spectator parking will be available on Glenwood Road, the lower lot of the Glenwood Pines Restaurant, and Union Fields at Cass Parka shuttle service, sponsored by Swarthout Coaches, Inc., will be provided to take spectators to Ithaca Yacht Club.

More details are available on our website at www.fcsith.org.  


This year's event is made possible thanks to our generous sponsors! 




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About the Organization

Family & Children's Service of Ithaca

Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca supports, promotes, and strengthens the well-being of individuals and families by providing high-quality, accessible mental health care and related social services, with a particular sensitivity toward the needs of children.

Programs & Services at F&CS

Adult Mental Health Services
Our clinical program offers high-quality, confidential, and affordable counseling services in a welcoming and caring atmosphere that meet the needs of single adults, couples, families, and older adults.

Children’s Mental Health Services
As a parent or caregiver, you want what is best for your child, but it’s not always easy to know what type of support he or she needs. F&CS is the place to turn when children’s problems seem overwhelming and too difficult to handle alone.

Student Counseling Services
F&CS is committed to helping students meet the challenges of life during college, graduate, and professional school by encouraging healthy personal choices and balanced perspectives.

Psychiatry Services
F&CS offers psychiatric services to clients...

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