We've had some crazy times over the past 26 years! This event has grown to become one of the world's most exclusive yacht gatherings.
Some favorite moments from each year...
1988 - Cat Cay
3247 Children Served
Boys & Girls Clubs Board Members, Rick Case and Ken Denison come up with the grand idea of inviting yachtsmen to weekend of fun in the Bahamas to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs. Cat Cay is the setting and Broward Marine is the founding sponsor. Special guests, golfing greats Greg Norman and Ray Floyd mingle with guests. The event is a huge success.
3582 Children Served
Power & Motoryacht Publisher, Jeff Hammond, is so pleased with the inaugural event that they sign on as title sponsor. The fun continues as tennis legend Bobby Riggs brings his trademark hustle to the island. Guests compete for gold in the Rendezvous Wacky Olympics
3576 Children Served
Guests come by yacht, helicopter, and plane braving high seas and foul weather to party and play. Chefs are imported from Fisher Island to cater the event. Academy Award winner, Cliff Robertson and noted F. Lee Bailey join in the fun.
1991 - Fisher Island, Miami
4101 Children Served
The big move occurs when the Rendezvous is held at Fisher Island. By now, the event has become the world’s largest gathering of yachts for a charitable purpose. New chairman, Gary Rotella, brings his unique flair to the event.
7646 Children Served
Fisher Island seems to blossom with beauty and splendor admist the ravages of Hurricane Andrew. Guests clad in their favorite 50's outfits to do The Hop to old- time favorites and the Wacky Olympics induce a new competitiveness.
5544 Children Served
Generosity abound more than ever. Arnold Schwarzenegger starts a bid war for an autographed litho of Muhammad Ali and a rare uniform worn by Winston Cup winner, Alan Kulwicki goes to Gordon and Mary Henke. Secret passions are roused as an ensemble of classic Harley Davidsons are showcased by many guests.
7655 Children Served
The event attracts people in yachts coming all from all over the country. The auction is astounding as Felix and Carolyn Sabates roar into the arena in their 1950 Red Cadillac convertible donated for auction. Bob Levine goes on a mega-philanthropic buying spree donating most of his purchases back to the charity. The Rendezvous is deemed the grandest yachting celebration in the world.
9130 Children Served
The “Fonz” Henry Winkler gives thumps up as the DeGeorges kick-off the weekend with a major contribution. Nascar drive, Kyle Petty leads a parade of guests on their motorcycles to center stage to announce the Bikers Ball; Bob Levine places a record-breaking bid in the history of the organization; Fisher Island is transformed into the Old West for a private performance by headliners Tanya Tucker, Johnny Paycheck, and Garry Morris.
10,000 Children Served
The event is sold with not even a single dock on the entire island. The DeGeorges kick-off the weekend in grand style to the excitement of toga-costumed guests. Oprah Winfrey shares inspiring words and Jim Mattei is inducted into the Admirals Club. Quin Machamer begins the last party with a major donation. New chairman, Claudette Bonville brings her enthusiasm and style to the event. The Rendezvous is named the most exciting yachting event in the world.
1997 - Cat Cay
10,549 Children Served
The Rendezvous returns toCat Cay to celebrate the 10th Anniversary. Weather attempts to interfere but does not stop the DeGeorges from again kicking-off the weekend. The marina is filled with more luxury yachts than ever at once on the island. Felix and Carolyn Sabates co-chair the event and continue to astound. Robert Tomsich is held in Ohio due to a snowstorm but “faxes” an Admiral Club contribution. Bahamian Junkanoo topped with a tremendous fireworks displayed under a full- moon create one of the most dramatic finale’ parties ever.
1998 - Fisher Island
10,954 Children Served
Fisher Island welcomes back the Rendezvous. Pajama-clad partyers kick off the first night’s party and dance the night away. The new Florence A DeGeorge Club is announced. The 50's Swing Party and The Yacht Hop welcome guest to “hop” in a spectacular collection of mega-yachts. Robert Tomsich is inducted into the Admirals Club kicking off wild bidding at the Live Auction. Felix Sabates welcomes three new Admirals Club contributions by the Botts, Meyers, and Porters topping off a “magical” entertainment revue from Las Vegas
12,000 Children Served
Island attired guests are taken to a Polynesian island theme party. Guests participate with Club members at the Carnival and hilarious mini-NASCAR races. Guests toast the christening of the new “Lady Florence”. Jay Leno stops by. The Sabates’ are welcomed into the Dream Makers Society. Larry DeGeorge inspires 5-year pledges by Jim Mattei, Larry F. DeGeorge and Suzanne Neidland, Felix and Carolyn Sabates and Admirals Club donations by Robert Tomsich, Bill and Betty Jane France and Doug and Linda Von Allmen. Paul Castronovo emcees the weekend joined by the Burt Reynolds, Enrico Colantoni and supermodel Kim Alexis. Gloria Gaynor brings everyone to the dance floor performing “I Will Survive” and more. History is made proclaiming the Rendezvous the most successful fund-raiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs in all of America.
12,342 Children Served
An evening Yacht Hop sets the festive party mood of the weekend. Late nights are had by all at Club Tangier. Grammy-award winning artist, Michael Bolton performs for guests. Larry DeGeorge announces the new Admirals Boys & Girls Club. Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts Band rock the room and bring everyone to their feet...and on stage! New members are welcomed to the Admirals Club including Al Rapetti, Mike and Arlette Baker, Tim and Tristina Elmes, Peter and Traci DeGeorge, Wayne and Marti Huizenga, Christine Lynn, and Cortright and Janice Wetherill. Atlantica is officially christened and later “unofficially” transformed into a karaoke stage as guests join Michael Bolton and Jim Belushi in a impromptu karaoke sing-off!
12,126 Children Served
“Seahawk” and “Aria” are officially christened. Dressed in their best disco gear, everyone boogied to the hits of KC and The Sunshine Band. Guests are dressed in their best for the Black and White Ball. Admirals Club welcomed Rick and Rita Case and Terry and Cindy Taylor. Rusty Wallace “races” on stage to auction off two of his racing suits. Martin Katz dazzled us with his jewels, reminding everyone that diamonds really are a girls best friend.
11,879 Children Served
The “Yacht Hop” proves to be a major success with Rendezvous guest and Fisher Island residents. Guest donned their Mardi Gras attire flanked with beads as they drive their decorated golf carts in the parade to the Masquerade Ball. The carnival was a blast for all even though it was a mad dash indoors when the rain started. Many guests got wet as they entered the Southern Ball. Michael Bolton, who of course impressed the crowd with a couple of songs, loves his new Honda Motorcycle. Joe Piscopo entertains all. Rendezvous continues to be the most successful fun-raiser event for the Boys & Girls Clubs
11,847 Children Served
“Island Madness” occurred on Fisher island as guests are shipwrecked for four days of pirate themed festivities. Friday night, the Bahamian Junkanoo created a frenzy causing everyone to jump up and dance to the beat. Jason Williams kept the party going with his enthuastic performance. Rita Case heads to Paris for Chanel’s Fashion Show, The Murphy’s are off to the Kentucky Derby. Gene Reed and Bruce Rossmeyer are inducted into the Admirals Club. Little Richard shows that his age is not a factor in his high-energy show, bringing people up on the stage to dance as he signs Good Golly Miss Molly.
12,000 Children Served
The Wild Wild West took over beautiful Fisher Island for a weekend of cowboy boots and good ole’ country fun. The Boys and Girls Clubs Members dressed as cowboys welcomed each on board during our largest yacht hop yet. John and Selene Devaney offered Boys and Girls Club Members a boat ride. Lee Greenwood wowed the crowd with his God Bless the USA. Saturday’s night gala was a huge success with several major bidding wars- Douglas Von Allmen and Gene Reed are off to Robb Report’s Car of the Year event. Richard and Mary Anne Kull and John and Selene Devaney are inducted into the Admirals Club
12,000 Children Served
Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma affected many guests and their homes, yachts and businesses. However, the Rendezvous went on as planned despite fewer guests and yachts. Sultans, Shieks, and Genies invaded Fisher Island. The Golf Cart decorating contest brought out the creativity in everyone, some even included skits. Jim Belushi had the crowd dancing on their feet. Paul Sorvino auctioned off one of his sculptures. Joe Piscopo serenaded us. Evander Holyfield showed what a true champion he is as he shared the positive effects of the Boys & Girls Clubs in his life. Even with nature’s diasters, the generousity was overwhelming making this year’s Rendezvous the most successful ever. Certainly a miraculous event!
2,000 C1hildren Served
The 19th Annual Rendezvous began with the official ribbon cutting of the Admirals Boys and Girls Clubs Marine Academy on the Douglas and Linda Von Allmen campus. The 157’ Lady Linda was christened with an incredible fireworks show immediately following Linda Von Allmen smashing her champagne bottle. The incredible MY Floridian was a popular yacht during the yacht hop. Cartier teased our guests with their incredible diamond creations during an Admirals Club reception. The Luxe Collection attracted guests to “shop” with our wonderful sponsors. Disco dressed guests boogied with KC and The Sunshine Band. Wayne and Marti Huizenga were inducted into the Dream Makers Society on Saturday evening for their generosity to the Boys and Girls Clubs. Steve Hudson heads to the Robb Report’s Car of the Year event. New Admiral Club Members include: Emily and Bob Bennett, Sharon and Lou Cyktor, Milton Ferrell Jr. , Leslie and Tom Murphy, Michelle and Tom Murphy, Ralph Navarro, Sion and Robert Pereria, Winnie and Wes Pritchett, Ana and Sean Wolfington, Rebecca and Jamie McDonnell IV, Kimberly and Joe Moore. The 19th Rendezvous is deemed a raging success.
12,000 Children Served
The 20th Anniversary Celebration was perhaps one of the most memorable Rendezvous in our history. Thursday’s christening of the 142’ Status Quo kicked off the weekend’s activities- fireworks again lit up the Miami skyline. Admirals enjoyed an intimate dinner at the Golf Grille featuring Cartier’s private collection and tried their luck at Casino Royale. Golf cart decorating was a huge hit, including a visit by Presidents and the Pope. Friday's White Party drew guests like Marilyn Monroe, Navy officials, Charlie and his Angels. The Village People lead the crowd to the YMCA, Gloria Gaynor reminded people “I Will Survive” and The Blues Brothers rocked the late night. The Von Allmens hosted Admiral Club members to a private party aboard the MY Lady Linda and were surprise inductees into the Dream Keepers Society. The creative black tie affair allowed the guests to be fun with their formal wear. New Admiral Club Members : Anna and Oscar Barbara, Don Davis and Gemma Adawi, Elizabeth Marie Fago, Sandi and Andrew Farkas, Fonda and Wayne Huizenga, Jr, Roryand Howard Meyers, Nancy and Walter Raquet and Jeanette and John Staluppi. A bidding war energized the auction: Leslie and Tom donated a charter aboard Cocktails and matched
2008 - Rybovich Yacht Club
12,000 Children Served
The Rendezvous moved to its new home in Palm Beach: The Rybovich Yacht Club. Under the dream team, chairs Linda and Douglas Von Allmen and Fonda and Wayne Huizenga Jr. orchestrated a wonderful success. The christening of Christine Lynn’s new Norwegian Queen kicked off the yacht hop with an incredible display of fireworks. The ladies hit Worth Avenue to view the latest fashions and shopping after a luncheon at Neiman Marcus. Guests in poodle skirts and leather jackets sock hopped at Jeanette and John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Museum. The Rendezvous Gran Prix brought out the competitor in everyone- Doug Von Allmen was the champion. The Main Gala became a scene from the Great Gatsby. Incredible bidding wars and new Admiral Club Members include Barry Bekkedam and Diane Barnett, Tom Gonzales, Gary Blonder, Nicki and Ira Harris, Janet and Karl Davis, Chany Sabates, and Francois Roy. Rendezvous guests packed the dance floor listening to the hits of Earth Windand Fire. Our first year in Palm Beach was a large success!
12,000 Children Served
The 22nd Rendezvous’ dream team was once again chaired by Linda & Douglas Von Allmen and Fonda & Wayne Huizenga, Jr, along with "Mr. & Mrs. Donald J. Trump as our honorary chairs. The festivities kicked off with a christening of the beautiful new 130’ Miss Michelle. The most amazing display of fireworks ever lighting up the sky over many impressive yachts. James Bond inspired many martinis during the drink contest. Jeanette & John Staluppi and their yacht Quantum of Solace easily took 1st place in the 007 Contest. Their yacht even had an Ashton Martin onboard. Ladies enjoyed an afternoon fashion show lunch on Worth Avenue. Friday night Fever was in full effect at the private cars of Dreams Museum. The afterparty at Rybovich included more dancing and even some karaoke. Saturday’s Grand Prix was once again a major hit. Admirals Club Members enjoyed a private cocktail party at the magnificent home of Susan and Robert Tomsich. Mr. Donald Trump greeted guests at his exclusive club for an elegant and formal affair. Event Founders Rita and Rick Case along with First Lady and Governor Charlie Crist encouraged all to donate to the Boys & Girls Clubs. Gene Reed started the Admirals Club with a generous challenge raising much needed funds for the kids. New admirals include: Jeannie & Steve Hudson and Nancy Giordano and Joe Umosella. Donna Summer had the dance floor packed all night especially “ The Last Dance”. Another amazing Rendezvous weekend.
12,000 Children Served
The 23rd Annual ShowBoats International Rendezvous was chaired by Christine Lynn and Tony Harris, along with Mr. & Mrs. Donald J. Trump as our honorary chairs. Rybovich Yacht Club was packed with beautiful mega yachts as the three days of “fun” raising begin. The festivities begin with the christening of John Rosatti’s beautiful 164’ Remember When. When his beautiful daughters and son smashed the christening bottle, the sky was filled with an incredible display of fireworks. Guests tasted incredible dishes from many of South Florida’s best restaurants and caterers as they hopped from yacht to yacht. Friday’s traditional pig roast was a real treat as guests joined dockside for another beautiful day. Chefs competed in the first Delightful Dockside Desserts contests. Quantum of Solace was definitely one of the crowd’s favorite. Guests dressed for the White Party as they partied the night away at the historic Whitehall Flagler Mansion and danced to Mark Riveria’s New York State of Mind which features members of the Billy Joel band. Special appearances by Princess Leia and Storm Troopers. Kerry Hallam, renowned artist, held a special art clinic for members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. Mar-a-Lago was the magical setting for the Formal Ball on Saturday evening. Admiral Club Members had an opportunity for a meet and greet with James Belushi and Dan Akroyd. Steve Mariano and Gene Reed try to outbid each other on many items; both winning a song onstage with the Blue Brothers. Don King. offers a special boxing package, Felix Sabates is headed to Madison Square Garden to see the fights. The Cases win Kerry Hallam’s commemorative Rendezvous masterpiece. The Blues Brothers rock the house and Rendezvous guests dressed in sunglasses and black hats dance everywhere including the stage. James Belushi and Dan Akroyd hit the after party with the Rendezvous guests making the 2010 Rendezvous one of the best.