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Special people’s cruise sets sail

Those with special needs will be cruisin’ the waters of Dyes Inlet tomorrow, with a special visit from Santa Claus and there is still room for more.

Every year, since 1981, the Bremerton Yacht Club hosts the free event in an effort to give participants with special needs an evening of holiday fun.

“There is almost nothing more gratifying than the look on their faces and the excitement they show at this event,” said Gunter Krumme, member of the Bremerton Yacht Club.

The Bremerton Yacht Club is sponsoring several vessels for the event including those that are wheelchair accessible. During the cruise participants will circle a “Santa boat” where they can wave to Santa Claus and talk to him on VHF radio. On their return, the group will receive gifts from Santa and will have a chance to sit on his lap and tell him what they would like for Christmas.

“We feel that this event to which special people from all of Kitsap County are invited, is a worthwhile community event,” Krumme said. “As in past years, we again are planning to bring some holiday joy into the lives of so many county residents with special needs, particularly children.”

After participants visit with Santa Claus they will join for a dinner sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 239. The event is being funded by Kitsap Community Federal Credit Union. Other groups that have helped in the past are Brownsville, Poulsbo and Port Orchard Yacht Clubs, Bremerton High School Athletic Department and Sea Fair Organization and are expected to help contribute again this year.

“The event involves not only our own club’s volunteer spirit and its special capabilities, but the willingness and abilities of other local organizations and almost countless individuals,” Krumme said. “There are countless hours that go into making this a fun afternoon and evening.”

There is still room for more participants with special needs to attend tomorrow’s event. Kitsap Transit Access is providing free transportation to the Bremerton Yacht Club. To arrange for pick-up call (360) 478-5851 or (360) 479-7272. Participants not using Kitsap Transit should be dropped off at Bremerton Yacht Club at 2700 Yacht Haven Way and should arrive at 3:45 p.m., boarding for the cruise is at 4 p.m. All participants, including those not using Kitsap Transit for transportation, will transported to West Side Improvement Club for dinner. Participants not using Kitsap Transit should have their ride pick them up after dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the West Side Improvement Club located at 4109 E Street in Bremerton at the corner of E Street and National Avenue. Don’t forget to dress in warm clothes. For more information call the Bremerton Yacht Club at (360) 479-2662.

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