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Nauticus’ 6th Annual Frisky on the Wisky Event Breaks Fundraising Record

Norfolk, Va – Undeterred by rain, nearly 600 guests attended the 6th Annual Frisky on the Wisky fundraiser benefiting Sail Nauticus Academy students on Saturday, May 11. This year’s event raised nearly $89,000, a record amount for the afterschool program serving Hampton Roads’ youth.  The evening included delicious tastings from local restaurants, a signature drink sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, an open bar, live entertainment by MOER and P.C. Duo, dancing, games and a silent auction.

Though quickly sold out, new VIP tickets were available this year, offering early access to the event featuring exclusive tastings by select participating restaurants and complimentary valet parking.

All proceeds from the fundraiser benefited the Sail Nauticus Academy, a Nauticus program providing local underserved youth with opportunities to develop leadership and teamwork abilities, explore STEM concepts, learn water safety and build confidence through sailing.

This year’s committee members were Sarah Beasley, Capital Concrete; Lyle Beckner, USI; Garrett Berger, Armada Hoffler Properties; Melissa McCormack, Restore Cryotherapy; Charles Robison, Ware Insurance; Fred Rose, Waterside District; Justin Steil, UBS Financial Group, Inc.; and Justin Topping, Palladium Registered Investment Advisors.

Participating restaurants included Chef by Design, Hummingbird Macarons & Desserts, Jody’s Popcorn, Rodman’s Barbecue, Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse, Todd Jurich’s Bistro, S’mores Amore and Slide Thru #Fam.

Featured silent auction items included a hands-on sailing experience through the beautiful waters of the San Diego Bay for 2 on the famous America’s Cup yacht, Stars & Stripes USA 11, an afternoon cruise aboard the schooner Virginia; and a flight around the Norfolk Harbor by Fly Nauticus.

The Propeller Club Port of Norfolk was this year’s Frisky on the Wisky’s presenting sponsor. Others included General Dynamics NASSCO-Norfolk; The Port of Virginia; TowneBank; S.B. Ballard Construction Co.; Virginia Pilot Association; Waterside District; Wolcott, Rivers, Gates; Bischoff Martingayle PC; Capital Concrete; Crofton Industries; GROW; Hampton Roads Shipping Association; Harbor Group International; Mike & Andria McClellan; Navy League of Hampton Roads; Palladium Registered Investment Advisors; PIMCO; Southern Bank; Virginia Maritime Association; Ware Insurance; Garrett Berger; The New Leaf; Kory Lee Photography; Dead Reckoning Distillery; and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

For more information, visit the Sail Nauticus website https://sailnauticus.org/5th-annual-gettin-frisky-on-the-wisky/.


Located on the downtown Norfolk waterfront, Nauticus is a maritime science museum that explores the economic, naval, and natural power of the sea.  Nauticus features hands-on exhibits, marine life, 3D movies, a Stewards of the Sea exhibit that explores the Navy’s environmental efforts, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, the awe-inspiring Battleship Wisconsin–one of the largest and last battleships built by the U.S. Navy- and the Banana Pier Gift Shop. Nauticus is also home to the Sail Nauticus Sailing Center, the Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center, and the Victory Rover Naval Base Cruises.

The Nauticus Foundation is the nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization established to support the mission and activities of Nauticus. Since its founding in 1994, the Foundation has raised funds within the community to support the construction of the museum including the development and expansion of exhibits; educational programming centered around the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); preservation and maintenance of the Battleship Wisconsin; and the development of the Sail Nauticus Community Sailing Center and Sailing Academy.

Release date: May 15, 2019
Contact: Beth Bilderback (757) 664-1017