Boating Beach Bash will Celebrate 10th Anniversary March 4th 2018


The 10th Annual Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities will be held Sunday, March 4th, 2018, between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM at Spanish River Park, 3001 North Ocean Boulevard (State Road A1A) in Boca Raton.  The Bash is the largest and oldest free, fun-day in America for those with special needs and their caregivers.

Started by Jay and Lowell Van Vechten with the guidance and support of friends and colleagues, the Bash annually welcomes 5,000 guests, assisted by 500 volunteers drawn from every sector of the community.  Offerings include boat rides on the Intracoastal (look for BocaWatch’s entry, the S.S. Minnow), a concert, dozens of exhibitors, games, beach activities, a complimentary BBQ lunch, the chance to meet Super Heroes and interact with miniature therapy ponies, children can play at the Kids Fun Zone or ride on a miniature train and go in the ocean with the assistance of physical therapists and members of the YMCA Water Safety Team.

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Additionally the Bash provides a Wellness Zone staffed by medical professionals from five area hospitals and students from four medicals schools. These healthcare experts will coach guests on how to live a more healthful lifestyle through noninvasive testing and information sharing.  Best of all those with disabilities and their caregivers can have their medical questions answered by the Bash’s team of volunteer doctors and nurses.  Even registered pharmacists will be available to discuss drug interactions. Nutritionists will guide guests in creating more healthful eating habits, while professional yoga and meditation teachers will coach attendees in utilizing relaxation techniques to help manage stress, pain and other issues.

Kechi Okwuchi, a rising star from last season’s AMERICA’S GOT TALENT, will perform at this year’s Bash.  Ms. Okwuchi has overcome incredible physical and emotional challenges, along with dozens of surgeries, after surviving a fiery plane crash that killed all but two of the 109 passengers aboard her flight. Now she inspires others with her extraordinary voice and her compelling story.

“We are so proud to reach this milestone in our history,” says Jay Van Vechten, Bash director. “We look forward to welcoming everyone to this special day. We encourage attendees and volunteers alike to pre-register on our event website:”

The Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities is presented annually by the American Disabilities Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3).  It is sponsored in part by TD Bank, the Rotary Club of Downtown Boca Raton, Pepsico, Coldwell Banker, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Office Depot Foundation, Doubletree by Hilton Hotels and more than a dozen area foundations, including Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation, Inc., The Schmidt Family Foundation, Inc., the E.M. Lynn Foundation, Inc., and private donations.  For more information about the Bash, write: Boating & Beach Bash, PO Box 99, Boca Raton, FL., or call 561.715.2622. Visit us at, or follow the Bash on Facebook @ Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities. To donate to the American Disabilities Foundation, Inc., write to ADF, PO Box 99, Boca Raton 33429. Donations can also be made via PayPal on the Bash website.

Check out the Bash’s 2017 successful event below:

Jay H. Van Vechten, Executive Director



Chairman, American Disabilities Foundation, Inc.

Celebrating our 10th Year, Sunday, March 4, 2018

Write us at: PO Box 99, Boca Raton, FL 33429

Call us at:    561-715-2622




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Jay Van Vechten has been a full time resident of Boca Raton since 1997. His family settled in the community in 1970. Jay spent his 40 year career in the public relations and marketing communications business in New York City. His company was among the top 30 independently owned and operated firms in the nation, with clients that included Johnson & Johnson, Hearst Publishing, New York State tourism, Tylenol, Miss Universe, Inc., the American Dental Association and Acu-Vue Contact Lenses. Disabilities changed Jay’s life when he was critically injured in a fall in 2001. Two years later he joined the City of Boca Raton Disability Advisory Board, which he went on to chair for two years. That board was recently disbanded by the city. In 2008 Jay approached the city about starting the Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities. Initially a city-driven and supported event, the city withdrew its sponsorship of the event three years later and relinquished control to Jay and his team of volunteers. The group went on to create the largest free, fun-day in the nation for kids, adults and wounded warriors. Held each March in Spanish River Park, the award winning Bash now attracts 5,000 guests annually and is supported by 500 volunteers drawn from every sector of the community. Jay and his wife Lowell have one son, Nicholas, a Triage Medic in the US Army.


  1. One of our favorite annual events in the community. A must attend for all families in the city, and something our city can be very proud of!


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