Martha’s Vineyard is well-known for its beautiful summer homes and well-to-do residents who socialize and golf at exclusive clubs. What people might not know is that some of the island’s elite organizations also put a lot of their money where it can do a lot of good.
One of those is The Boathouse in Edgartown, a private club offering world-class recreational amenities. These include nine tennis courts, lawn game area, outside heated pools, deluxe spa, a fitness center and a casual restaurant with patio dining overlooking the main pool. This family-oriented social and recreational facility provides a wide range of activities for all ages, as well as fitness classes, personal trainers, and more.
What it also provides is much-needed investment in several of Martha’s Vineyard’s non-profit organizations through the club’s Boathouse Foundation. The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization funded by the generosity of the club’s members and founders, including Joseph Cuzzupoli of the VI Group.
As a founder and director of The Boathouse, Joe Cuzzupoli saw the good that could come from cash invested in the community by the club’s members and his own investment firm, the VI Group. Every year, the Boathouse Foundation makes annual contributions, totaling over $120,000 to date, to the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club on the Vineyard. The foundation has also provided $10,000 in scholarship pledges to two graduating Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School students pursuing degrees in the hospitality industry and has assisted many other island non-profits with money, auctions, and other means of support.