The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is touted as one of the biggest boat shows in the world, hosting top yacht builders and designers, exotic cars and brokerage yachts across six locations that span over 3 million square feet of space. While most attendees spent their time at the show inspecting the latest marine gadgetry, others attended the private “Boys N’ Toys” yacht hop to help raise money for Kids in Distress.
On October 28th, extravagant multi-million dollar yachts, including one owned by Billy Joel, lined Fort Lauderdale’s Intracoastal Waterway, creating a convenient arrangement for the yacht hop event. Guests sipped on cocktails and sampled a variety of elegant hors d’oeuvres, like lobster sushi, jumbo shrimp cocktail and beef Wellington wrapped in puff pastry, all to the sounds of a live jazz band. Yacht hoppers also bid on extraordinary gifts from luxury vendors in a silent auction, including jewelry, trips, gift baskets and sports memorabilia.
"The purpose of the Boys N' Toys event is to have the 'big boys' look after the little ones, so they too can become the next superheroes," said Kids in Distress Development Officer Patricia Moskol. "Our all-male committee is dedicated to the mission of Kids in Distress, and we appreciate all of their efforts."
Sponsored by PNC Bank and hosted by Northrop & Johnson, the Boys N’ Toys event raised over $100,000 for Kids in Distress. "Once again this year, Boys N’ Toys was a tremendous success thanks to the efforts of our committee and our sponsors,” said Moskol.