The Maritime Academy of Toledo Foundation
One Maritime Plaza
Toledo, OH 43604
Maritime Academy of Toledo Secures Unique Auction Items for Third Annual Admiral’s Ball
(Toledo, OH) --- A seven-day Great Lakes freighter cruise, a tugboat cruise for six, and a Tennessee getaway vacation package, four complimentary One-Day Park Hopper passes from Walt Disney World®, are just a few of the unique items up for bidding at The Maritime Academy of Toledo’s Third Annual Admiral’s Ball being held Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. at The Fifth-Third Center at One SeaGate in Downtown Toledo, said Renee Marazon, Superintendent, The Maritime Academy.
Volunteer committee members are busy this week putting the finishing touches on The Maritime Academy’s annual major funding raising event. Volunteers hopes to raise $80,000 to support the school’s robotics’ program, their U.S. Coast Guard uniform fund; professional mariner credentialing of graduating seniors, transportation subsidies for needy students; a new crane operator simulator; as well as upgrades to The Maritime Academy’s bridge, engine, navigation, and radar simulators used by students.
Ms. Marazon says the highlight of the live auction will be a six-night / seven-day cruise for two on an Interlake Steamship Great Lakes Freighter with luxury accommodations.
“The cruise is to be used during the 2013 shipping season and includes a private stateroom and view the scenery from the guest lounge while underway. Departure port and dates will be coordinated with the highest bidder. This trip is a once-in-a-life-time opportunity and will have you cruising the Great Lakes on a working freighter. Winner must be flexible concerning scheduling and port of departure / return. Guests are required to adhere to all company polices and safety procedures while on-board,” she said.
Bidding could be very competitive for the freighter cruise. Not only will those attending the ball be able to bid, but on-line bids will be accepted at email@example.com.
Other auction items include a tugboat cruise for six, donated by The Great Lakes Towing Group.
“The tug boat ride includes a box lunch and the winner has the option of cruising the Maumee River or the Cuyahoga River. The tugboat ride will be scheduled directly with The Great Lakes Towing Group for Summer or Fall 2013, Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. and Noon. Because this a working tugboat, those taking the cruise must be 18-years or older,” said Ms. Marazon.
If you are a land-lover, then you might want the check out the Gatlinburg Tennessee Getaway Package.
“This is a four-day / Three-night getaway at a Stony Brook Cabin with accommodations for four. We’ve added gift certificates and passes that include the Country Tonight Theater; Hollywood Wax Museum; Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway; Cirque de Chine VIP Show Tickets; Smokey Mountains Baseball; and Ripley’s Aquarium,” said Ms. Marazon.
Another auction item came from the Walt Disney World® Resort which donated four complimentary One-Day Park Hopper passes valued at $496.00. The passes are valid during normal operating hours and will provide the winning bidder with a magical experience of visiting all of the unique theme parks, the Magic Kingdom® Park, Epcot®, Disney's Hollywood Studios®, and Disney's Animal Kingdom®, in one day.
Other auction items include a family dinner package from Mano’s Restaurant; overnight stay at Maumee Bay Resort with Golf Package; Notre Dame Football Tickets; Swim Party for 12; USS Toledo Artifacts, Executive Chef Dinner in your home; Handcrafted 11’ Row Boat and other nautical items built by Maritime Academy Cadets; Basket of Gourmet Chocolates; Best of Toledo Basket; Cleveland Browns Autographed Football, a Golf Basket, and more.
The theme for the 2013 Admiral’s Ball is “Don’t Give Up the Ship” --- A commemoration of the 200th anniversary of The Battle of Lake Erie. New for the Third Annual Admiral’s Ball is an Honorary Committee developed to show the growing community support for the school and its mission. Toledo Mayor Michael Bell is the Honorary Chairman for this year’s event. Other Honorary Committee members include: Mr. Jim Brennan Jr., President, Brennan Industrial Truck; Mr. Lawrence. J. Burns, Vice President of External Affairs, The University of Toledo; Mr. Paul LaMarre III, Director, Port of Monroe, MI; Dr. Lance and Dee Talmage; Mr. Paul Toth, Jr., President & CEO, Toledo Lucas County Port Authority; Mr. Dock D. Treece, President, Treece Investment Advisory Corp.; Mr. Dock David Treece, Partner, Treece Investment Advisory Corp.; and Honorable George Sarantou, Member, Toledo City Council At Large.
The Maritime Academy is a Grades 5 – 12 college-prep community school with a nautical / maritime theme learning environment. Over 80-percent of the students who attend are at or below the U.S. poverty level. Over the past year The Maritime Academy experienced many success stories. In May, the school graduated the first students from its Career Technical Education (CTE) Program and one graduate went directly from high school to a high paying job working aboard ship on the Great Lakes. In August, The Maritime Academy worked with the U.S. Navy, the City of Toledo, and other area organizations in hosting the highly successful “Fleet Week” in Downtown Toledo. In October the Maritime Academy jumped four-letter grades to earn an “Excellent” report card rating from the State of Ohio Department of Education for the 2011 – 2012 school year.
Tickets for The Maritime Academy’s Third Annual Admiral’s Ball are still available. The cost is $150 per person or $200 a couple. For more information on tickets, or to donate items for the Admiral’s Ball auction, call 419-244-9999. Those with questions can email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Information is also available at http://www.themaritimefoundation.us .