BOCA RATON, February 22, 2018…The 10th Anniversary 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.


The Bash annually welcomes 5,000 guests, assisted by upwards of 500 volunteers drawn from every sector of the community.  Offerings include boat rides on any of two dozen yachts on the Intracoastal Waterway, a concert with multiple performance artists, over 30 exhibitors with goods and services of interest to the special needs community, interactive games based on abilities not disabilities, beach activities from building sand castles to flying kites, a complimentary BBQ lunch with all the trimmings and the chance to meet Super Heroes and interact with miniature therapy ponies.


Children will be able to participate in various play activities at the Kids Fun Zone or they can even ride a miniature train that’s accessible to wheelchairs.  Guests are invited to bring bathing suits and towels so they can enjoy the ocean with the personal assistance of physical therapists and members of the South Palm Beach County YMCA Water Safety Team.


Wellness to be emphasized by the participation of local doctors, nurses and pharmacists


Additionally the Bash provides a Wellness Zone staffed by medical professionals from area hospitals and students from local medicals schools. These healthcare experts will coach guests on how to live a more healthful lifestyle through information sharing. Even registered pharmacists will be available to discuss the dangers of 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.  Even the Boca Ballet Theater will be on hand to teach dancing to those with neuro muscular challenges, such as Parkinson’s, MS, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. It has been discovered that dancing increases coordination, self-confidence and an improved sense of balance.


Kechi Okwuchi from America’s Got Talent will perform


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 over 100 surgeries, after surviving a fiery plane crash in Nigeria that killed all but two of the 109 passengers aboard her flight. Now she inspires others with her extraordinary voice and her compelling story.  Ms. Okwuchi was recently named the new national spokeswomen for Shriners Hospitals for Children.  Her first commercials promoting the hospitals broke nationally in early February.


Joining Kechi on stage will be the all-blind gospel choir from Miami’s Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The choir plans to sing some of its most inspiring, uplifting hymns.


“We are very proud to reach this milestone in our history,” says Jay Van Vechten, Bash director. “We look forward to welcoming everyone to this special day, particularly our out of town guest Kechi Okwuchi.”


Those planning to attend the Bash are encouraged to pre-register at the event’s website, Volunteers can also pre-register at the website.


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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, Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club, the Boca Raton Resort & Club, the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Pepsico, Coldwell Banker, Douglas Elliman Realty, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Office Depot Foundation, Doubletree by Hilton Hotels and more than a dozen foundations, including title sponsor Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation, Inc., The Schmidt Family Foundation, Inc., the E.M. Lynn Foundation, Inc., the Landegger Family Charitable Trust and numerous private donations.  For more information about the Bash, write: The American Disabilities Foundation, Inc., PO Box 99, Boca Raton, FL 33429 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.