WAVES (Wheelchairs And Veterans Enjoying Summer, Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization I started in 2007. Previously I had worked as a commercial diver for the Local 1456 Dockbuilders Union, but in 1983 I had an unfortunate diving accident in which I broke my neck. After years of convalescing and physical therapy I went back to work for Verizon and was able to retire. I now own and run the 36' downeast "Valhalla", with a 100 ton USCG license #1148018, which was purchased for the purpose of taking out people who ordinarily wouldn't get the chance to fish or boat because of any disabilities, especially veterans and children. Because our boating and fishing for the disabled is completely FREE for our participants, we stay very busy. We are therefore very grateful for all the skilled help that comes to us in countless ways, as without volunteers, there would be no WAVES. As a captain and boat owner, it is a privilege to work together with the volunteers and families brought out for a fun day on the water.
On September 11, 2015 we had a wheelchair lift put in that is such an asset to us and have been waiting for many long years. There was so many people involved in this project like Ron Parry from the start, then Bob Porter in fabrication to Rhyan of Wish Construction who donated his time and materials along with Islip Hardware, and the funding shared by Bay Shore Lions and Michael B. Simon of Bay Shore.
I would also like to thank the MarineMax fishing club that donated their offshore tournament this year and Mike Eagen from the Lauren Kristy who donated a dinner cruise on his paddlewheel boat.