For Immediate Release

Ed Levin
Publicity Director
Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta
610-246-5902 (Cell phone)

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.





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