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



  • 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

Chris Ballentine

Emily Connors

Executive Committee:

Leslie Ware

Chris Ballentine

Joe Mokry

Jamie Elsinger

Jeff Patten

Matt Mctighe

Emily Connors

York Water Rescue Team:

Jamie Eslinger

Charlie Caramihalis

Dave Butler

Jon Gay

Dave Lorandeau

Jon Clithero

Matt Gunn

Nicole Richards

Yves Lessard

Lisa Desotelle

Beach Layout & Tent & Table Rental & Set-up:

Judi & Dave Shirley

The Chris Connors Bracelet Co-Chairs:

Mary & Russell Connors

Chris & Liam Connors

Finance Committee:

Matt Mctighe

Emily Connors


Leslie Ware

Emily Connors


Leslie Ware

Emily Connors

Food & Beverage:

Leisa Smith

Tent Exhibitors - Business's, Organizations & Clubs      Co-Chairs:                                                                    Harbor Master (York Police)

Drew Donovan

Assistant Harbor Master & Coast Guard Auxiliary

Joe Hogan

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

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

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



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

Live Demonstrations, Drills & Rescues (Waters Edge)Marketing, Signage & Media Co-Chairs:

Permits & Police & Parks & Recreations & Insurance


Salty The Seal

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

Website Co-Chairs:

Safer Swimming Kids Challenge  



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.