Tegan Firth, a Hornblower Cruises & Events official, helped organize a gala Thursday to raise money for Fleet Week. A reception starts at 5:30 p.m. at Pier 3 with a Bay cruise scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Fleet Week kicks off Oct. 3 with a survey flight by the Blue Angels.
Why does Fleet Week need to raise money? There’s a certain funding target that the Fleet Week committee wants to reach, but they just missed it this year because corporate sponsorships are down from what they’ve been in previous years. We hope to raise $100,000 on Thursday. That’s the goal.
What does the $200 ticket price include? We’re going to have performers, including the cast of “South Pacific,” comedian Will Durst, country-western artist David Nail and auctions, a cruise and great food and great drinks.
Will the gala become an annual event? I could be. If people seem to like it, then, absolutely, we could do it every year.
What are the benefits of Fleet Week to San Francisco? There is a huge cultural and economic impact. We get money spent in restaurants, hotels, and it brings attention down to the businesses that are located on the waterfront. In addition, it’s a free event, so it’s great for people with families, and every boat is out on the Bay during Fleet Week.