1. WHAT IS THE CHARLES VAN DAMME FERRY PROJECT?
10. HOW CAN I HELP?
Donating money, equipment or skill sets will help save these historical artifacts from demolition & restore them for exhibit.
11. WHO IS THE RBMA AND HOW DOES THE CHARLES VAN DAMME FERRY PROJECT RELATE TO IT?
The RBMA (the Richardson’s Bay Maritime Association) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and the umbrella for the Charles Van Damme Project.
Dedicated to protect and promote the heritage and history of Richardson’s Bay, they have been a fabulous and supportive partner. www.richardsonbaymaritimeassociation.org
All contributions go through the RBMA who hold our funds in a separate account. All contributions are tax deductible
12. EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENT WAYS I CAN DONATE.
Credit card via Pay Pal:-
use the Pay Pal donate button on either the CharlesVanDammeFerry.org
or RBMA.net website.
Your donations go directly into a RBMA account dedicated to the Charles Van Damme Ferry Project. Even though Richardson's Bay Maritime Association is the name on the account and your credit card will say "PAYPAL *RICHARDSONS"
The credit card receipt from this transaction is your record to use for tax deduction.
Check to the RBMA:-
Write a check payable to - RBMA/ CVD
PO BOX 1108
Contact the RBMA directly on: firstname.lastname@example.org- to receive a tax certificate.
13. ARE MY DONATIONS TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
Yes. Under the umbrella of The Richardson's Bay Maritime Association (RBMA) non profit we have 501(c)3 non profit status.
14. HOW MUCH MONEY NEEDS TO BE RAISED TO SUCCEED?
An initial $50,000 was needed to save the paddlewheel and steam stack by moving them from the construction site at Waldo Point Harbor with a crane and place it on an A- frame ready for restoration at a local Boatyard in Sausalito.
However, thanks to donations of expertise, materials and time in advance of payment from Mike Linder, of Bayside Boat Works, Parker diving and other people from the waterfront community, we were successful in saving the artifacts from the bulldozers.
We still need to build a custom built A Frame which becomes the base of the exhibit and where the Paddle wheel can be restored
They now reside at the boat builders yard needing support from grants, donations and the local boat building community to begin restoration.
With the kind donation of Michael Rex Associates time - we have approved plans & permits and insurance to return the restored artifacts back to Waldo Point Park.
15. HOW MUCH MONEY HAS BEEN RAISED SO FAR FOR THE CHARLES VAN DAMME FERRY PROJECT?
The RBMA has pledges for 75% of the $400k needed to complete the project. We are currently fundraising for the last 25%.
We were only able to save the artifacts due to to donations of expertise, materials and time.
We are still raising the funds to restore the paddle wheel plus complete the exhibition.
Some expenses involving outside contractors cannot be avoided but most of the work accomplished on the project has been donated .A detailed break down is available on request.
16. WHO SUPPORTS THE PROJECT.
Click for List of supporters.
17. HOW CAN WE REACH YOU?
18. I HAVE A QUESTION NOT ON THIS LIST.
Please fill out the contact form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.