The Spirit of Westport Benefit

“The Spirit of Westport” benefit was held Saturday, March 19th at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport.  Approximately 130 people attended to support the program, enjoy foot-tapping music from “The Spindle Rock River Rats”, delicious food and drink from The Westporter, Buzzards Bay Brewing and Westport Rivers Winery, and hear Executive Director, Ben Booth and Superintendent of Westport Community Schools, Dr. Ann Dargon talk about the innovative program.  We also introduced the teachers and boat builders who are working with Ben on the program.  Drama Voyage’s first Youth Rowing Team were on hand as we celebrated their hard work and racing success.


The Westport Community was extremely supportive  of our efforts and the Silent Auction and Experience Raffle were both well received and brought in significant funds. By the end of this festive evening, Dharma Voyage had reached our fund-raising goal for the program!  We look forward to doing it again next year.

Thanks for the generosity of all who donated, attended, bid on auction items and bought raffle tickets!

We will be able to Float Our Boat!

Thanks everyone who contributed to our SILENT AUCTION:
Myrna Adolfo
Conrad and Kathy Feininger
Eva’s Garden
Howie Gifford
Laura Gifford
Wendy Goldberg
Polly Gardner
William “Woody” Underwood
Jim Gorman, The Westport Handy Guy
Joseph Ingoldsby, River Rise Farms
Colby Smith Door Knockers
Perfect Smiles Dentistry, Dr. D. Ahearn
Jordan Farm
B.G. Shanklin, Threepoint Design Architects
Jennifer Coye

Dharma Voyage would like to acknowledge all the wonderful craftsmanship and hard work that went
into building our new Wherry which was on display at the event. Thanks to:

Polly Gardner
William “Woody” Underwood

For making the Spirit of Westport happen in the classroom and workshop, sending thanks to:

Teachers: Mike Ponte and John Correiro
Principal: Carolyn Pontes
Curriculum Developer: Brian Abdallah
Boatbuilder: Jon Aborn
Last but certainly not least thanks to Don Betts for leading our high school students in an after-school program where they will be building a 25′ dory.