GPYC’s Response to COVID-19

Supporting Its Community, Members and Employees

Grosse Pointe Shores, MI, April 24, 2020 - The Grosse Pointe Yacht Club’s (GPYC) response to COVID-19 includes showing appreciation and support for its community, members and employees. First and foremost, the GPYC wanted to show its appreciation for all of the country’s essential workers. On April 15, the GPYC donated and delivered 250 meals to Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit. The meals were prepared by the Club’s kitchen staff, and the funds for the food was donated by a group of GPYC members. The Club also has a supportive banner on display on the fence by Lake Shore Road. It reads “Not All Heroes Wear a Cape. Thank You to All Front Line Workers.” The banner includes photos of a police officer, a grocery store employee, a fireman, postal worker and healthcare professionals. The Club partnered with Towar Productions to have the banner created. 

Another important part of the GPYC’s mission during this time is to take care of its employees. Just like most businesses in the area, the Club has had to lay off most of its employees -- many of whom need to be on the property to complete their job. To ease the stress of these layoffs, the GPYC has made the commitment to continue health care coverage for its full-time employees (anyone working 32 hours or more per week). 

As for its members, the GPYC has been connecting with members by offering Curbside Carryout. This service is also available to Grosse Pointe Shores residents. GPYC members have also been enjoying virtual events such as “Happy Hour,” where one of the Club’s bartenders demonstrates how to make various cocktail recipes via Zoom. 

In an effort to thank members during this difficult period, the Club’s Board has offered all members spending food and beverage credits over the next transitional months. 

The Grosse Pointe Yacht Club was founded in 1914 by a group of 25 sailing and iceboating enthusiasts. Located on the shore of Lake St. Clair in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich., the private marina and sailing club is a member of the Detroit Regional Yacht-racing Association (DRYA). For the second year in a row, Grosse Pointe Yacht Club has been awarded the prestigious Distinguished Club award, as determined by the annual Distinguished Clubs award program conducted by BoardRoom magazine, one of the most respected trade publications serving private clubs. For more information please contact: Aaron Wagner, General Manager – 

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