2017 NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge

It that time of year again! Time for Cinderella stories, bragging rights and the NCAA tournament.

FWR is hosting its annual NCAA Basketball Bracket Challenge Fundraiser!  This year, we are using Yahoo! Fantasy Sport’s Tourney Pick ‘Em. First and second place will receive WMRC apparel and bragging rights for the entire year!

The entry fee is $10 and is open to anyone.  If we have enough participation this year, we will use the proceeds to help fund a boat-naming banquet for WMRC’s new King 8+ prior to the Occoquan this year. So please consider inviting everyone you know to enter!!!

To register, simply use the button below to make your payment securely online.  After confirming payment from paypal, you will be redirected to a page with instructions on how to fill out your bracket through Yahoo! Sports (Yahoo!, Facebook or Gmail account required).  All entries must be received by March 16th at noon.

For more information and questions, email [email protected]

Thank You 2016 Donors!

Thanks to all of our donors during 2016. You have all been incredibly supportive and are each instrumental to the continued success of WMRC and FWR. The WMRC 50/50 Campaign was particularly successful and we achieved 93% of our $20,000 goal! More information on the conclusion of the 50/50 Campaign, including the purchase of the new King 8+ will be coming soon!

Donation receipts for 2016 have been sent to each donor. For one-time donors, most of these donation receipts were sent during the year, but donors who made more frequent donations, including our monthly subscribers, received their receipts during January 2017. If you don’t believe you received your receipt or need a replacement, email [email protected] FWR is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, IRS Tax ID number 54-1744679.

Year-end Endowment Update – 2016

2016 was a good year for the WMRC Endowment! Thanks to our generous donors throughout the year and in particular, the donors that contributed to the 50/50 campaign, we received over $7,500 in endowment donations! That plus a 9.5% return on our investments during 2016 helped put us at approximately $21,500 at year-end! However, this is still $3,500 short of our $25,000 goal as part of the 50/50 campaign, so if you have been meaning to make your 50/50 campaign donation, it isn’t too late. Just visit our 50/50 campaign page and donate today.

Ultimately, we expect the WMRC Endowment will be able to distribute 5% annually to support WMRC. Based on our current balance, the Endowment would distribute approximately $1,075 per year. That could buy us a new model D erg, two new cox boxes, or three new concept II oars, just to name a few options!

Support WMRC While Holiday Shopping

Ever wish you could profit share between Amazon.com and WMRC? Well, you can!!! If you use Amazon Smile (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-1744679) and designate Friends of Williamsburg Rowing as your charity of choice, 1% of everything you buy from Amazon will be donated to FWR.

You must go to Amazon Smile instead of Amazon.  Amazon Smile is the exact same as Amazon and you can still use Prime, but only Amazon Smile automatically donates 1% to the charity of your choice.

Sign up today (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-1744679) and Happy Black Friday shopping!

WMRC 50/50 Fundraising Campaign

Chick Chase 2016

WMRC is embarking on their largest fundraising campaign since building the boathouse in 2011. The goal is $20,000: $10,000 for a new King 8+ and $10,000 to make a final push towards establishing an endowment fund. Let’s come together as One Tribe and demonstrate our support for WMRC! Every gift, no matter how big or how small, will promote WMRC’s continued success and excellence in Williamsburg. Donate today!


For more information, check out our website!!!

WMRC Homecoming Row & Tailgate



When: October 15, 2016 at 8 am and 12 am

Where: Chickahominy Riverfront Park and Blow Hall grassy area

Why: Morning row on the “glassy” Chick and food, drinks, and camaraderie

It’s the second annual WMRC Homecoming celebration! Alumni and current members alike, come out to the Chickahominy Riverfront Park Site at 8:00 a.m. for a refreshing morning row. Then meet up at noon for a reunion tailgate at the grassy area next to Blow Hall (between Monroe and Tyler) for complimentary food, alcoholic beverages, and other refreshments. Erging and rowing swag will also be available for those interested. Maybe you’re coming to see the boathouse, maybe you’d like to meet and support the bright new stars of the team, perhaps you’re itching to fly over the cool waters of the Chick, or maybe you’re just there for the food and memories. Whatever your reason, we’d love to see you! When you RSVP, please message us or email Sean Koebley at [email protected] to indicate if you’ll be attending the morning row, tailgate, or both. See you there!


4th Annual Fantasy Football Contest

FWR is hosting its 4th Fantasy Football Fundraiser!  Using Yahoo! Fantasy Sports your team will compete against other FWR entries.  In the end, the league winner will receive seat naming rights and most importantly, bragging rights! Last year’s winner was Sean Koebley!!!


The entry fee for the first 16 weeks of competition is $50.  All proceeds go to the FWR General Fund. To register, simply use the button below to make your payment securely online. After confirming payment from paypal, you will be contacted with instructions on how to join our league through Yahoo! Sports (Yahoo!, facebook or gmail account required).  All entries must be received September 2nd in time for the live online draft September 5th at 9:00pm EST. Registrants do not have to be FWR members. Invite your friends!

For more information and questions, email [email protected]

Spring 2016 WMRC Wishlist

As WMRC gears up for their final few 2ks for the year, help them cross the finish line first by contributing some needed equipment! WMRC Coach Jason Mitchell has requested the following high priority items.  Donate today!