POSTPONED TO AUGUST 8
Saturday, August 8, 2020
11 am to 6 pm
From Miami & Fort Lauderdale
To Haulover Cut, Florida
Join The Action
~ On the water
~ Along the Miami River in Miami
~ Along the New River in Fort Lauderdale
~ From Haulover Park
~ On FaceBook Live
AHOY! Heroes Aboard!
First Responders Freedom Flotilla
Sails August 8 in South Florida
Over 100 yachts and luxury recreational vessels with a heroic passenger manifest of nurses, doctors, firemen, emergency medical technicians, 911 dispatchers, and law enforcement first responder heroes will cruise the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway to Haulover Cut in Miami, Fla. in an inaugural flotilla event on Saturday, August 8, 2020.
First Responders Freedom Flotilla: Hospitality for Heroes salutes first responders by celebrating the great outdoors with a relaxing day on the water in beautiful South Florida. The Flotilla is organized by Capt. Tony Estrada, a yacht captain and administrator of the Captains On Call volunteer network. The event benefits First Responders Children’s Foundation, the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in New York City following 9-11 to benefit children of first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice.
With a national scope, First Responders Children’s Foundation grants college scholarships to children of first responders killed in the line of duty and helps first responder families experiencing hardship in every economy, including the COVID-19 pandemic. The Foundation is supported by Elton John, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Ryan Seacrest, and celebrities giving back in appreciation to front-line heroes.
A portion of all donations will benefit Baby Mehaffey, the soon-to-arrive child of the late first responder, Firefighter Kevin Mehaffey. Mehaffey passed away after a car fatality in South Florida on May 15, 2020 at age 30. However, he lived life to the fullest, having contributed to his community as a firefighter and EMT, as well as a certified commercial and rescue diver, 100-ton USCG captain and yacht broker.
The yachting community hosts this free flotilla honoring Mehaffey and all first responders. No registration is required for safe mariners practicing social distancing and marine industry sanitization protocols. This event will be streamed as an interactive experience with a live feed from participating yachts.
All first responders are welcome to enjoy the day on the water; get details and register to be on a boat at www.1stRCF.org/Flotilla. All boaters are welcome to join the flotilla cruise emanating from The Wharf’s locations in both Fort Lauderdale and Miami, departing at 11AM for the Haulover rendezvous. Check route updates at www.1stRFC.org/Flotilla. In the event of inclement weather, the Flotilla will be moved to the soonest available day.
Thank you for supporting service-based industries and front-line workers to rebuild our local communities. Shoreside supporters can donate or purchase a burgee, T-shirt or commemorative item on the website at www.1stRFC.org/Flotilla. Text FLOAT to 76278 to donate now. Sponsors will also enjoy the inaugural cruise on August 8.
For more information, direct media inquiries to Lisa Overing of Megayacht Media at 504-579-2021 or [email protected]. For marine vessel information, contact Capt. Tony Estrada at 224-805-1963 or [email protected],com. For charitable donations, please contact Scott Perrin of First Responders Children’s Foundation at 646-822-4236 or [email protected] For Foundation communications, please contact Joanna Black of First Responders Children’s Foundation at 646-912-2681 or [email protected] Use #FLOAT4HEROES and #FirstRespondersStrong in social media. Thank you to our early sponsors including Ballyhoo Media, Megayacht Media, and BookOurYacht.com.
Flotilla In The News
The Maritime Executive
“Over 100 yachts and luxury recreational vessels with a heroic passenger manifest of nurses, doctors, firemen, emergency medical technicians, 911 dispatchers, and law enforcement first responder heroes will cruise the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway to Haulover Cut in Miami, Fla. in an inaugural flotilla event on Saturday, July 11, 2020…”
“Yachts and boats are invited to join in a floating parade in South Florida on July 11 to honor the first responders in the COVID-19 pandemic. The vessels will carry nurses, doctors, firemen, emergency medical technicians, 911 dispatchers, and law enforcement first responders to give them a day on the water in appreciation for their work during the pandemic…”
“If you’ll be in South Florida in July, you can participate in a flotilla for a good cause. The First Responders Freedom Flotilla: Hospitality for Heroes, on July 11, treats EMTs, firefighters, and other front-line workers to a day on the water. It benefits First Responders Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization aiding children who have lost a parent in the line of duty plus families who are struggling financially due to tragic circumstances.”