Yacht Blast for kids


September 19, 2021


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Since its Inception in 2009, Yacht Blast for Kids has granted 243 wishes for deserving wish children through Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin. Each year, nearly 40 Make-A-Wish kids and their families are invited out on some of Milwaukee's premier  yachts for an amazing morning on the water - followed by an afternoon picnic with games, magician, raffles, auctions, face painting and more.

In 2020, the event looked much different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We had to forego inviting wish kids and their families on the boats and instead focused on a fun, community boat parade. More than 60 boats joined us in the marina and floated up and down the Milwaukee River for all to enjoy and helped raise $75,000. 

This year, we look forward to welcoming back wish kids and their families for their fun boat ride and then joining together at the Milwaukee Yacht Club for a picnic with fun activities, and watching the Brewers take on the Chicago Cubs. Join us at the Milwaukee Yacht Club at 11:30am for all of the fun. Tickets can be purchased at yachtblast.givesmart.com.

For questions, please contact Kelsey Rice at krice@wisconsin.wish.org.


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Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin grants wishes to children 2.5-18 years old, who are living with critical illnesses. Since their founding in 1984, more than 7,300 children and their families throughout the state have experienced the life-changing power of a wish. 

Due to the pandemic more than 460 Wisconsin wish kids are waiting for their wish to be granted. Make-A-Wish staff are hard at work, granting the wishes that can be fulfilled at this time and preparing for the many wishes that will need to be granted once we are through this season.

A wish come true helps children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their critical illnesses. For many, the wish marks a turning point in the fight against their illnesses. Doctors, nurses and other health professionals say, the wish experience works in concert with medicine to make their patients feel better emotionally and even physically. You can help change a child's life by participating in Yacht Blast For Kids.


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Boat owners will take Make-A-Wish families out for a leisurely ride through the lake and Milwaukee River. Head out to the riverwalk to wave to the wish kids!


The public can enjoy the parade of boats + wish kids anywhere along the lakefront from McKinley Marina, up through the Milwaukee River - stopping near the Milwaukee Ale House.


Doors open at the Milwaukee Yacht Club and the public is welcomed to join for a fun afternoon picnic and cheering on the Brewers


Brewer Game Begins

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For more information on sponsorship opportunities,
Click Here or email Kelsey at krice@wisconsin.wish.org


Questions? Contact Kelsey at