Join our ReesSpecht the Water Gala on October 26, 2018 at the Sea Star Ballroom next to the Long Island Aquarium to benefit ReesSpecht Life’s Water Safety program: “ReesSpecht the Water”

  • Summer isn’t over yet!  Cocktail hour, beer and wine, dinner & dancing with our DJ & live steel drum music in your Resort Casual attire!   Photo ops, live & silent auction, chinese raffles and more!

This event helps fund End Drowning Now and ReesSpecht Life’s “ReesSpecht the Water” School Shows.  With your help we can help educate children and their parents about the importance of water safety and help them learn to ReesSpecht the Water

If you would like to be one of our event sponsors, click HERE to see our sponsorship opportunities.
If you would like to donate a basket or raffle item, please click HERE.

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The ReesSpecht Life Foundation is looking for sponsors for our “ReesSpecht the Water Gala” at the Sea Star Ballroom adjacent to the Long Island Aquarium on October 26th, 2018.  Listed below are the levels of sponsorship and what you(or your business) will receive for generosity.  The money we raise from this fundraiser will go directly to our Water Safety initiative: ReesSpecht the Water.  Our hope is to fund school assembly programs all over Long Island to teach children the importance of water safety and help significantly reduce the number of drownings on Long Island. With your help, we will be able to End Drowning Now!

Click HERE to purchase a sponsorship or call us at 631-353-9924

LIFEGUARD LEVEL: (EVENT SPONSOR)

(Logo on event banner as well as on step and repeat at event entrance and all table centerpieces. Ten seats, full social media coverage and acknowledgement, front cover of Journal,

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Join us on Friday, October 26th 2018 as we host our first annual “ReesSpecht the Water Gala”. Help support our mission to End Drowning Now as you enjoy a night of great food, dancing, and raffles at the Sea Star Ballroom next to the Long Island Aquarium! Tickets and sponsorship opportunities will be available soon! Check back here or on social media sites for updates. We hope to see you there!

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We are so excited to announce that we have won the Grand Prize from KIND Snacks #Morekind “Nice” Vs. Kind video contest! Watch the video to see what we plan to do with the winnings – and the wonderful surprise we got from KIND Snacks founder and CEO Daniel Lubetzky. We can’t thank KIND snacks enough for helping us ensure that Rees’ legacy will continue to cultivate kindness and teach water safety for many years to come.

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Our son Richard Edwin-Ehmer Specht (Rees) drowned in 18 inches of water.  A simple miscommunication between my friend and I meant that one of the most crucial layers of protection from drowning had broken down.  Had Rees started swim lessons as an infant (like his younger sister, Melina has) he would probably be here today.  Nothing can bring our son back, but our joint effort with End Drowning Now and Saf-T-Swim swim schools is trying to make sure that we don’t lose any more children to drowning.  Help us teach children to ReesSpecht the Water.  Drowning remains the number one cause of accidental death of children aged 1-4.  Help us change that number to 0!

For more information go to www.EndDrowningNow.org and www.Saf-T-Swim.com

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Five years ago today we did our first of 500 random acts of kindness in Rees’ name. We just wanted to pay back the kindness of those that helped us through the darkest moment of our lives. Armed with the card pictured to the left, I took my two daughters to our local Dunkin’ Donuts and simply paid for the car behind me – leaving the card (and our story on the back) to hopefully remind that person that kindness makes a difference.  I honestly figured that it was simply the first of 499 more acts left to go.  My family and I could have never imagined what happened next…

Watch the following video as my daughters and I head back to that very same Dunkin’ Donuts – exactly five years to the day, to leave the 500,001st ReesSpecht Life “Pay it Forward” card…

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