In case you missed it, take a look at video of Monday’s “Gazela 42” fundraiser (July 8, 2013) at the Independence Seaport Museum, which celebrated 42 the years since the tall ship Gazela was brought over from Portugal. There was plenty of food, drink, camaraderie and even a few salty tales from the sea. We had a blast hearing tales about the eventful trip that brought Gazela to us in 1971, and more about the years since.
There are a lot of thank you’s owed to a lot of people for making Gazela’s 42nd Anniversary fundraiser last night such a big success.
First thank you is to the great crowd of about 80 people who attended. Second thank you is to the 20+ donors of auction items. A big, big thank you to the crew who manned the event, both in the museum and aboard Gazela, and an extra big thank you to Linda Collier for her excellent party-planning and promotion of the event.
Our angel, Mary Smith, was there, and brought 10 of her family. She also made a generous donation. Part of what we celebrated was the feature of our book, The Heart of a Ship — Stories from the Crew of Gazela Primeiro in Yachting Magazine. The book’s publication was both inspired and underwritten by Mary several years ago. Thank you, Mary, for everything!
Kudos also to John Brady and his staff at the Independence Seaport Museum for donating the use of the William Wikoff Smith gallery.
Looking forward to next year, please save the date, July 8, 2014, for Gazela “43”. Anyone with suggestions about how we can improve on last night’s event, please shoot me an email.
We will be posting more pictures from the event, and a complete list of donors soon.
Last night we lost a member of our Guild family, Paul Parsons. He passed away suddenly last night and will surely be missed by all who knew him. Whether it was planning for and cooking for a trip or starting up the shanty singing at potlucks, he knew how to improve morale and get people engaged. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and wish them all the best in this difficult time.
In this video clip, on June 12 in Baltimore, Paul talks from the Gazela galley about his role as ship’s cook.