Boat Raffle to Benefit EESF – Winner Announced 5/4/19

Event Date: May 4, 2019

We are excited to share news of generous grandparents who created a unique fundraiser for the Essex Elementary School Foundation. Joe & Liz Boccia coordinated the raffle of ‘Puzzle B’, a 2018 14′ Brockway replica, along with a refurbished 1958 10hp Johnson Seahorse motor and 2018 Venture trailer to raise money for preschool and elementary school children with special needs at Essex Elementary School.  The proceeds of the raffle will be donated to EESF for the distribution of the funds.

So many wonderful shoreline community members have come together to make this happen!   The 14′ Brockway hull replica was built by students of Daniel Hand High School, located in Madison, CT, under the guidance of their shop teacher, Bryan Amenta.   Joe Boccia personally donated countless hours of finishing, painting and brightwork in to the project, including a complete restoration of the 1958 Johnson 10 hsp motor.  It has truly been a labor of love.

The Essex Elementary School Foundation wishes to extend our thanks to Joe and Liz Boccia, East Coast Trailers, LLC, Pettit Marine Paint, Marine Equipment & Supply, Essex Marine, LLC, Atlantic Outboard, Kellogg Marine Supply, Leon’s Pizza, Bill’s Seafood and Lighthouse Signs, all who donated to the cause.


Declan Palazzo, Xhoni Ulku, and Mike Halloran – 2018 graduates of Daniel Hand High School who built ‘Puzzle B’

$20 Raffle tickets can be purchased now through May 4th at:

East Coast Trailer, 16 Hammock Road Westbrook, CT

Atlantic Outboard, 475 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT

Essex Marine Group, 37 Pratt Street, Essex, CT


The drawing for the winner took place on May 4th at the Connecticut Spring Boat Show located at Essex Island, a Safe Harbor Marina.

For more information, contact Joe Boccia at (860) 399-6120.


Please send inquiries to

If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation, please mail to:
Essex Elementary School Foundation
PO Box 882, Essex, CT 06426

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