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Honor the memory of Craig Williams

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Organizer: Kjersti Williams, the Uproarius Crew & Silver Gate Yacht Club Beneficiary: Craig Williams Family Memorial Fund

In loving memory of Craig Williams, taken from us too soon at 36 years old doing what he loved. Craig was the sole fatality of the tragic sailing accident off the shore of...

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In loving memory of Craig Williams, taken from us too soon at 36 years old doing what he loved.  Craig was the sole fatality of the tragic sailing accident off the shore of San Clemente Island, a crew member onboard the Uncontrollable Urge during The Island's Offshore Race from Newport Beach to San Diego.  Craig was a beloved husband with a 2 year old daughter, Claire and one on the way.

In lieu of flowers, the Williams Family is asking for assitance to The Craig Williams Family Memorial Fund.  Proceeds will help cover memorial costs and any extra funds will be rolled into a college fund for Claire and Craig's unborn child.


Thank you for your support, well wishes and friendship.


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07/17/2013
by Kjersti Williams, the Uproarius Crew & Silver Gate Yacht Club
Hello Friends and Supporters-

My name is Jim Sullivan and I was a crew member for Craig sailing in the San Diego area. Your support has created amazing fundraising success and for that I thank you.

Because we came so close to reaching the $100,000 goal (once thought impossible) we decided to extend the Memorial Website so that it would still be active for our next opportunity for folks to support his family. That opportunity is almost here and that goal is in sight!

On Wednesday July 24, 2013 Beer Cans Race #8 will be dedicated to Craig Williams. Our sponsor Chuck Driscoll will be donating to the fund in the name of the winning vessels and we expect to have one heck of a party in honor of our friend. For non-racers the party starts at 6 p.m. at the Bali Hai on Shelter Island. This coincides with the start of the BC races and is by far one of the best places to watch the Beer Can races on the bay. We have a LIVE BAND that will entertain as the sailors do battle on the water. It is sure to be a great time so lets try and pack the house with friends and family!

The Bali Hai will be serving a delicious and easy to eat dinner plate of Kahlua pork sliders and salad for only $12.00. This should be a great dinner for spectators and those who want to mingle around and eat on the go. Dinner plates will include a FREE Door-prize ticket and we have amazing items to give away! We will also have some quality silent auction baskets thanks to our many generous sponsors. Please come and place a non-tax-deductable bid on these items, as all proceeds from the auction go directly to Craig's girls. LETS DRIVE UP THE DONATIONS!!!

Come join us for a great night on the Bay! Invite all your friends and family members to join in the fun and root the sailors on as they race around the bay. The event will run from 6-10 p.m. so show up any time you can!

The sailing and boating community have really come together and supported this family and it's something I'm very proud to be a part of. This party is as much about honoring a friend as it is honoring the unity of the entire sailing community, so come on out and lets have some fun!

Don't forget to take a peak at Craig's newest family member, Cassidy Williams, born just 3 weeks ago! Not to mention taking advantage of the opportunity to say Hi to Kj and Claire (it will be Claire's 3rd Birthday as well). Come see how well the family is getting along thanks in part to all the support from friends, family, the sailing community and complete strangers that have donated to the cuase.  

With everyone's help we can make this an event to remember, so please hop on the bandwagon with me and round up as many people as you can to add to the fun!

Thanks, and I hope to see you next Wednesday July 24th at 6 p.m. at the Bali Hai on the east end of Shelter Island.

Hike Hard, Sail Fast & Have Fun!

Jim Sullivan
Uproarious Olson- CREW
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03/14/2013
by Kjersti Williams, the Uproarius Crew & Silver Gate Yacht Club
The support and kind words have been overwhelming. Less than a week and your generosity has seen us almost half way to the goal. March 15 we will be holding the memorial for Craig and celebrating someone that touched so many people - through his life and through his tragic death. Thank you on behalf of the family, Craig's friends and Silver Gate. Please know how much your support means to Kjersti.
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03/14/2013
by Kjersti Williams, the Uproarius Crew & Silver Gate Yacht Club
The support and kind words have been overwhelming. Less than a week and your generosity has seen us almost half way to the goal. March 15 we will be holding the memorial for Craig and celebrating someone that touched so many people - through his life and through his tragic death. Thank you on behalf of the family, Craig's friends and Silver Gate. Please know how much your support means to Kjersti.
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03/10/2013
by Kjersti Williams, the Uproarius Crew & Silver Gate Yacht Club
On behalf of Kjersti and the Williams family, thank you all for your support and generosity.  The grief and the reality of this tragedy is truly setting in today.  

As details on a memorial are set up, we will post updates via this site.  "subscribe to updates" on the site and stay tuned.

We have increased the goal to start college funds for Claire and Kjersti's baby due this summer.

Again - our heartfelt gratitude to all.
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