Safer Boating. Safer Water. Safer Kids.

Our Mission

The Chris Connors Fund was established as a special project of the York Fire Department and York Water Rescue team to create a junior boating and water safety program for York, Maine and its surrounding community in order to save lives by promoting and teaching safer boating and safer water habits for kids.  


Chris’ leadership and example in establishing this unique fund and program will have great positive results far into the future.
— Joe Mokry, founder of Ocean Rescue Systems International

 

OUR GOALS

  • To ensure Chris Connors's legacy of safer boating, safer water, safer kids will continue in the years to come.
     
  • To sponsor a free Annual Kids Boating and Water Safety Day 
     
  • To distribute a free waterproof First Mate's Boating Safety Checklist and Salty's Water Safety Tip Card for kids
     
  • To sponsor a Chris Connors Scholarship for a young man or woman to attend The United States Merchant Marine Academy or The Coast Guard Academy
     
  • To educate the children in our community about boating and water safety tips through our mascot Salty The Seal and the York Water Rescue Team
 

Committees & Chairpersons:

The Chris Connors Fund:

Leslie Ware

Emily Connors

Chris Balentine

 

Beach Layout & Tent & Table Rental & Set-up

Judi & David Shirley

 

The Chris Connors Bracelet Co-Chairs:

Cathy Barnhorst

Cindy Francis

Chris & Liam Connors

 

Finance Committee

Matt Mctighe

Emily Connors

 

Fundraising

Leslie Ware

Cathy Barnhorst

Emily Connors

 

Food & Beverage

Lisa Smith

 

Harbor Master & Coast Guard Auxiliary

Joe Hogan

 

Ass. Harbor Master (York Police)

Drew Donovan

 

Kids & Family Boating, Beach & Water Safety Tent Exhibitors Co-Chairs:

Ellen Baldwin

Barbara Conda

 

Kids "Safer Boating * Safer Water * Safer Kids" Elementary School Program

Emily Connors

Jamie Eslinger 

Nicole Richards

Mike Brown (Salty The Seal)

Alaina Shorey

Jeff Patten

Luke Starkey

Matt Gunn  

 

Kids "Safer Boating * Safer Water * Safer Kids" MC Challenge/Activities/Game Volunteers Co-Chairs:

Shappy LaPointe

David & Jamie White  DeeDee Balentine

 

Volunteers

DeeDee Balentine

 

MC

Matt McTighe
DeeDee Balentine
 

Opening Ceremonies
DeeDee Balentine
 

Life Jacket Tent: Proper Fitting, Sales & “Trade In or Up” Co-chairs:

Tim Greer DeeDee Balentine

Dan Greer

Drew Donovan

 

Live Demonstrations, Drills & Rescues (Waters Edge)

Jamie Eslinger

Joe Mokry

York Water Rescue Team

Drew Donovan

Jeffrey Patton

Ann Grinnell

Tim Greer

Dan Greer

 

Marketing, Signage & Media Co-Chairs:

Leslie Ware

Cathy Barnhorst

Cindy Francis

Advisor (Press) - Chris Balentine 

 

Permits & Police & Parks & Recreations & Insurance

Chris Balentine

Jeff Patton

Emily Connors

Leslie Ware

 

Registration

Emily Connors

 

Salty The Seal

Mike Brown

 

Salty The Seal “10 Top Tip Cards for SaferBoating * Safer Water * Safer KidsCo-Chairs:

Leslie Ware

Cathy Barnhorst

Cindy Francis

Advisors:

Chris Balentine

Emily Connors

Drew Donovan

Jamie Eslinger (YWR)

Jeff Patten

Joe Hogan

Shappy Lapointe 

Matt Gunn

David & Jamie White

Joe Mokry

 

Website Co-Chairs:

Caitlin Connors

Emily Connors

 

Safer Swimming Kids Challenge  

Ann Grinnell

 

Trolly/Parking

Emily Connors

 

Executive Committee:

Leslie Ware

Emily Connors

Chris Balentine

Joe Mokry

Jamie Eslinger

Jeff Patten

Matt Mctighe

 

Our mission and our goals to educate Safer Boating * Safer Water * Safer Kids in our community are achieved by a dedicated group of men and women.