News from the Water

  • Announcing: Swim Lessons Now Offered through Junior Wai Koa!

    As part of our ongoing effort to perfect our programs and offer the best services possible to our participants, we’re incredibly pleased to announce that this year, we are expanding our Junior Wai Koa program to include swim instruction. This expansion is the result of careful and extensive planning on behalf of our outreach and development committee. Sharing our goal to create a free swim program for under-resourced youth, we teamed up with former collegiate diver Erika Matheis.
  • Live Water Luau Recap

    It’s been just over a week since we hosted our first ever Live Water Luau, and we’re still glowing from the experience. Though the weather wasn’t quite in our favor, we were able to keep everyone dry under a large tent outside the grounds of the Historic Charles Carroll House in downtown Annapolis. We’re grateful to our wonderful sponsors, our hardworking volunteers and our gracious community. With your helpful feedback, we’re already planning how to make next year’s luau even better!
  • Live Water Luau - Wai Koa, Junior Wai Koa, & Oyster Growing Sponsors

    It’s time to say thank you to our sponsors for this year’s Live Water Luau. Each of our sponsors are businesses and individuals from around the greater Annapolis area that are exemplary of community leadership and commitment to service. We are so proud to have them as our sponsors for an event that we hope will encapsulate the collective mindset we are lauding in these folks.

    We’ve got several people to thank today: Our Wai Koa sponsors, Even Health, Annapolis eFoils, and Absolute Fire Protection; our Junior Wai Koa sponsor, Crest Wealth; and our Oyster Growing sponsors, Bay Paddle and the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel.

  • Live Water Luau After Party Sponsors

    It’s time to say thank you to our sponsors for this year’s Live Water Luau. Each of our sponsors are businesses and individuals from around the greater Annapolis area that are exemplary of community leadership and commitment to service. We are so proud to have them as our sponsors for an event that we hope will encapsulate the collective mindset we are lauding in these folks.

    Today we are saying thank you to our after-party sponsors, Dock Street Bar & Grill and Mana Supply Co.. Mana and Dock Street are our official after-party sponsors, meaning that not only does their generosity help to broadcast our Mission — to Inspire and Empower the people and organizations we work with by facilitating watersports programs that improve the health, wellness, and environment of our communities — they’re also the reason we’ll be dancing all night long!

  • Live Water Luau Bar Sponsors

    It’s time to say thank you to our sponsors for this year’s Live Water Luau. Each of our sponsors are businesses and individuals from around the greater Annapolis area are exemplary of community leadership and commitment to service. We are so proud to have them as our sponsors for an event that we hope will encapsulate the collective mindset we are lauding in these folks.

    Today, we are extending our deepest appreciation for these companies that have signed on as sponsors for our first ever Live Water Luau. Their generosity helps to broadcast our Mission to Inspire and Empower the people and organizations we work with by facilitating watersports programs that improve the health, wellness, and environment of our communities. 

  • Getting to Know Vince Proffitt | Live Water Luau Title Sponsor

    Vince Proffitt, Founder and CEO of Proffitt Brothers Foundation was born and raised in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the youngest of three siblings. In his later adolescence, Vince was necessitated to secure his own living accommodations and largely supported himself while staying with friends. His excellence in football, along with his perseverance in academics, afforded him the extracurriculars and SAT scores he needed to get into the United States Air Force Academy. Along the way, Vince maintained his own business, “Vinnie’s Landscaping” shoveling snow and cutting grass around the greater Mt. Lebanon community. Today, he supports the Pittsburgh Penguins from outside of Washington D.C., where he runs the medical device company he created called Spartan Medical Inc., of which Proffitt Brothers Foundation (PBF) is the charitable arm.

  • Getting to Know Erica Baker | Live Water Luau Title Sponsor

    Erica Baker is an independent realtor based in Annapolis. She’s a longtime friend of Live Water Foundation and has been one of our supporters since our founding in 2017. Erica has had many interests throughout the years, especially when it came to challenging herself. She’s tried her hand at nearly every athletic opportunity that has come her way, from softball to gymnastics, has stepped foot on almost every continent, and began her solopreneur journey at just 21. Erica is still involved with recreational sports (her adult volleyball team just won their championship) and became introduced to us through race training with our partner, Capital SUP.
  • Aloha Attire: Our Luau Fashion Picks

    Over the last couple of months, we’ve been giving you details about the epic luau we’re throwing on May 6th, and the more we plan the more excited we get.  There's just so much to look forward to from the magnificence of the Charles Carroll House and its view of Spa Creek, to an open bar featuring Island-themed cocktails and a buffet with authentic Hawaiian fare, plus music, entertainment — not to mention casino games!

    While we can't transport ourselves into the future and get this party started now, we can at least start by planning what we’re going to wear. It’s never too early, and with the calendar reading spring but the thermometer reporting winter, throwing on some floral prints and pretending doesn’t sound too bad right now. 

    And because we are always looking for a way to make things easier for the people we’re involved with we thought it only fitting to put together a list of our favorite designers for your festive aloha attire. Whatever your style, gender, or age -- we’ve got you covered!

  • Help HACA Find a Lifeguard

    It’s hard to believe, but our programmatic season will be upon us before we know it. 

    We are delighted to once again be partnering with the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis (HACA) to provide an unforgettable summer day camp experience for children who reside in housing authority properties through our Junior Wai Koa program, a stand up paddle board clinic for kids.

  • The Texture of Water

    The Texture of Water

    Mindful paddling for a healthier mind and body

    Let your body find its stroke: 

    Do you have physical challenges that you feel would make it difficult to paddle a kayak? Please read this short article. You can develop the techniques you will need to safely bring the freedom and joy of paddling into your life. First, a little setup:

    I have been paddling across this magical bay in Panama 5 days a week for over five years. The title, the texture of water, comes from the view of the water as I paddle on a calm day. Looking across the bay at water level, you see what looks like many rivers running parallel to each other. Each holding water of a different texture on top.

  • Live Water Luau Presented by Erika Baker Realtor & Proffitt Brothers Foundation

    If dreary winter weather, short days, and longer nights aren’t already reason enough to look forward to spring, we’ve got something else on the horizon — and it’s major. Our first ever Live Water Luau is taking place May 6th, and we could not be more excited! Get ready, because it’s going to be a night to be remembered. We’re making preparations to bring you the best of the best, from authentic Hawaiian cuisine and entertainment, to casino games, gift giveaways  — all to be enjoyed at the Historic Charles Carroll House (and its stunning view of Spa Creek).

  • Live Water Luau

    Mark your calendars for May 6th, 2022! Live Water Foundation will be hosting our first ever Live Water Luau at the Historic Charles Carroll House & Gardens in Annapolis, Maryland. This will be our largest fundraising event yet and is open to the public, with numerous sponsorship opportunities available. VIPs get in early for a happy hour starting at 5:00 PM, and doors officially open at 6:00 PM.