Kirsten Ledwith Morasco, First Female President of Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Ed Levin
Publicity Director
Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta
610-246-5902 (Cell phone)
levins51@verizon.net

The Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee (DVROC), which stages the prestigious Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta is pleased to announce the election of Kirsten Ledwith Morasco as the next President and first female president, in the Dad Vail’s 85-year history.

After serving as a dedicated Board member for 25 years and holding a variety of roles within the organization, including Recording Secretary. Morasco was unanimously elected by the Board of Directors to become the organization’s next President.

Originally formed in 1934, as an event for fledgling rowing programs, Dad Vail has grown into one of the largest and most diverse collegiate regattas in North America. Now the event, while still supporting fledgling rowing programs, continually draws top men’s and women’s programs from all NCAA Divisions and was the first collegiate regatta to offer para-rowing events.

“The Dad Vail Regatta and its 85-year history is very special to me,” said Morasco. “The significance of my role as the first female President of the organization is not lost on me. As a longtime volunteer of the regatta, I am proud of the Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee’s accomplishments and in particular the support the regatta has given to women’s rowing and more recently para-rowing; I am honored to be appointed as the organization’s next President.

While Morasco has served as a Board Member since 1998, involvement in the regatta is in her blood. Thanks to her father, Matt Ledwith, who was a longtime volunteer and Board Member, Kirsten was introduced to the Dad Vail Regatta at the tender age of five, a similar experience for her brothers and sister.

“Over the years, Kirsten has performed a variety of volunteer jobs along the racecourse, most recently serving as Director of Awards and Recognition. The Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee can be confidently anticipated to continue to uphold the core values which sustain their 501(c)3 not-for-profit mission under Kirsten Morasco’s capable leadership,” stated outgoing Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee President Jim Hanna.

Morasco added, ““For me and many of the volunteers, Dad Vail has been and continues to be a family affair.  We encourage our children, siblings, and friends to get involved and support the rowing community.  Like my father, I enjoy working with all the incredible individuals and our sponsors who make Dad Vail the amazing event it is, and I look forward to continuing our traditions and building upon our current legacy”.

The next Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta will be staged once more on the Cooper River, in Pennsauken, New Jersey on Friday, May 10, 2024, and Saturday, May 11, 2024, and will celebrate its 85th anniversary.

 

 

 

 

Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta Returns to Cooper River Park for 85th Anniversary

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Ed Levin
Publicity Director
Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta
610-246-5902 (Cell phone)
levins51@verizon.net

The Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee is pleased to stage the Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta for a second consecutive year on the Cooper River on Friday, May 10, 2024, and Saturday, May 11, 2024.

“We are pleased to return to the Cooper River for another year to stage the Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta,” said Jim Hanna, President of the Dad Vail Organizing Committee. “Our decision was predicated on the certainty of precision and predictability for advance planning needed during the course of preparing to celebrate our 85th Anniversary Year Regatta!”

“With significant investment and enhancements over the last 20 years Cooper River Park and our Olympic rowing venue has become one of the best true race courses in the nation and the world,” said Camden County Commissioner Jeff Nash. “With that said, we are ecstatic to welcome back one of the most renowned regattas in the country, the Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta, for its second year at the park. As we continue to grow the sport of rowing and respect its time-honored traditions the relocation of this great regatta underscores everything Camden County has to offer as a regional destination. Furthermore, the regatta season brings more than $20 million annually into our local economy based on the influx of visitors who patronize our small business community. There is no question in my mind that the rowers, families and fans will contribute to that when we see them again in early May of 2024.”

About Jefferson
Jefferson, located in the greater Philadelphia region and southern New Jersey, is reimagining health care and education to create unparalleled value. Jefferson is more than 42,000 people strong, dedicated to providing the highest-quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, preparing tomorrow’s professional leaders for 21st century careers, and conducting research leading to new discoveries on the basic science, clinical, population science and applied levels. Thomas Jefferson University, home of Sidney Kimmel Medical College, dates back to 1824 and today comprises 10 colleges and four schools offering over 200 undergraduate and graduate programs to 8,400 students. Jefferson serves patients through millions of encounters each year at 18 hospitals (ten are Magnet® designated by the ANCC for nursing excellence) and over 50 outpatient and urgent care locations throughout the region. Jefferson is also home to Health Partners Plans, a not-for-profit managed healthcare organization serving more than 290,000 members in Southeastern Pennsylvania with a broad range of health coverage options through Health Partners Medicare, Health Partners (Medicaid) and KidzPartners (Children’s Health Insurance Program

About Thomas Jefferson University
Thomas Jefferson University, founded in 1824 as the Jefferson Medical College, is today a national doctoral research university and a pioneer in transdisciplinary, professional education. Home of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College and the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, Jefferson is a preeminent academic institution delivering high-impact education in over 200 undergraduate and graduate programs to 8,400 students across 10 colleges. The University’s academic offerings now include architecture, business, design, engineering, fashion, health, medicine, science, social science and textiles. Jefferson is redefining the higher education value proposition with an approach that is collaborative and active; increasingly global; integrated with industry; focused on research across disciplines to foster innovation and discovery; and technology-enhanced. Student-athletes compete as the Jefferson Rams in the NCAA Division II Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.