We invite you to show your support.
This eco-friendly bracelet was custom designed by Chris Connors' sons to raise awareness for safer boating, safer water and safer kids. Everyone who wears our bracelet will be connected and share in the mission of the Chris Connors Fund.
100% of the proceeds of the bracelet goes to The Chris Connors Fund.
Around 14 pop-up tents set up in front of the new Long Sands Bathhouse housed registration, food, demonstrations by sponsors and a set of challenges that earned children age 4 to 12 points toward a free lunch, a bag of water safety-related goodies and some life-saving knowledge.
Local runners have a new road race to train for - Salty’s 5K & Double Nubble 10K - to benefit the Chris Connors Water Safety Fund and its efforts to educate children about boating and water safety.
"It was a morning to make the late Chris Connors proud. Not only did more than 100 people dressed in green regalia plunge into the Atlantic Ocean in his honor, they got their Irish up along with their courage on St. Patrick’s Day. And they contributed to a fund that works toward his goal of keeping kids safe in the water.
"Anyone willing to jump in the 40-degree water at Harbor Beach is invited to to take the plunge on March 17 to support the second annual Chris Connors Fund Kids Boating and Water Safety Day this summer."
"Almost 500 children have learned safe boating and water habits at both the first annual Kids Boating & Water Safety Day on Long Sands Beach last summer and the Coastal Ridge Elementary School third grade beach day."
“Chris would have been so proud on Saturday to see the faces on all the children and to see the kids work their way through four challenges for safer boating, safer water, which was his passion."
In the attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, Chris Connors lost his brother, Kevin, and many friends. Not long after, he gave up his job as a bond trader for an investment bank in New York and moved to Maine.
Chris Connors, a former New York City bond trader, came to York 15 years ago, just months before the Sept. 11 tragedy when he lost his brother and many friends. In 2003, the longtime boater was looking for a way to support his new hometown and donated a rescue boat to the York Village Fire Department, launching the department’s search-and-rescue team. Connors, who has been voted an honorary member of the department by members as a thanks for his support, has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and pancreatic cancer.
Not long after he bought a home in York 15 years ago, months before the tragic events of 9/11 when he lost his brother and many friends, former New York City bond trader Chris Connors decided he wanted to give back to his new hometown in a way that honored life – and not death.