Help us put a smile on a child's face in honor of Benjo.

Your donation will help support the cost of a week-long Sailing Camp for at-risk children and expose them to Benjo's passion, which was sailing and living life to the fullest.

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Your donation will help support the cost of a week-long Sailing Camp for at-risk children and expose them to Benjo's passion, which was sailing and living life to the fullest.

We are fundraising to put a smile on a child's face and a give them a lifetime memory.

The Live Like Benjo Foundation was created in October of 2014 after the tragic death of Benjamin C. "Benjo" Haller (pictured above) of Underhill Center, Vermont after succumbing to a Shallow Water Blackout . Benjo was a lifelong sailor, diver, water-lover, sailing instructor, and a SCUBA instructor with over 1,500 dives. After realizing his lifelong dream of sailing thousands of miles from Malletts Bay, VT, to the Bahamas, Benjo drowned in only seven feet of water while spearfishing on Harbour Island on August 1, 2014. He was 27 and in his few short years he lived a life that most of us can only dream about. For more information about his life click here

As an all volunteer 501(c) 3 tax deductible educational foundation, we are dedicated to putting a smile on a child's face by providing grants for a week-long Sailing Camp to children through the Boys and Girls Club in Burlington, Vermont. The majority of our grants are approved for children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn how to sail because of financial and other personal restraints. Working with the International Sailing Center, which is where Benjo worked for fourteen summers, we want to honor his passion for sailing by exposing adolescents to the joys of sailing and possibly building a passion of their own while helping them build self-confidence.

Equally important in our Learn to Sail Program is educating our students on the dangers of prolonged breath-holding while swimming and playing underwater breath-holding games, which can lead to a shallow water blackout.




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