The American Disabilities Foundation Inc. is hosting the 12th Annual Boating & Beach Bash for People with Disabilities at Spanish River Park, 3001 N. State Road A-1-A, Boca Raton on March 1 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The nation’s largest, FREE, one-day event for people with disabilities, both seen and unseen, will welcome more than 6,000 guests and offer the following new features:
Additional pontoon boats and transportation: In addition to the fleet of yachts and boats, manned by volunteer captains, the Freedom Boat Club will provide extra pontoon boats for the 2020 Bash. One of the biggest draws, the boat rides along the Intracoastal Waterway are offered the entire length of the event, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
A trolley shuttle and a second Catabello Express mini-train – which is ADA-accessible – will be added to assist guests from the parking lot to the Bash area. The trolley and Express mini-train will run continuously during the entire duration of the event until 3:30 p.m.
Kellye Cash: Cash is a former Miss America and niece of country super star Johnny Cash. Known for her extraordinary singing voice and bigger than life personality, Cash will perform the National Anthem and assist with hosting the Bash’s activities.
New amenities for guests on the autism spectrum: With a $3,500 grant from Autism Speaks, South Florida chapter, the Bash will add amenities to be more accessible to those on the autism spectrum (ASD). Amenities will include “Quiet Comfort/Break” zones and free “comfort supplies,” such as ear plugs, sensory toys and sunglasses for guests. The grant will also allow for the purchase of developmental play items and crafts for the Bash’s Kids Zone.
Returning favorites: Coming back for her third year will be singer Kechi Okwuchi, a Nigerian-American singer and motivational speaker. She was one of two survivors of the 107 passengers aboard Sosoliso Airlines Flight 1145, which crashed in Nigeria in 2005. Kechi suffered severe third-degree burns all over her body. To date, she has endured more than 100 surgeries. A finalist on the 12th season of America’s Got Talent in 2017, and in the 2019 AGT’s Champions rendition, Okwuchi headlined the Bash in 2018 and 2019.
Learn more at www.boatingbeachbash.com.
Also returning for 2020 is Rion Paige, a finalist on the X Factor. A Jacksonville, FL native, who now lives in Nashville, TN, Paige was born with a rare condition called arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, which caused permanent damage to her arms, resulting in her hands being in a fixed, bent position. A country-and-western musician, Paige was mentored on the X Factor by Demi Lovato.