The Y-noT Project is a non-profit organization
honoring Tony Borcia and
dedicated to stopping intoxicated boaters.

About The YnoT Project:

The Y-not Project organization was formed by Tony Borcia's family and friends. It seeks to end intoxicated boating tragedies. The Y-not Project is not an anti-drinking and boating campaign, but instead encourages safe, responsible boating.

Our Story:

Tony Borcia was 10 years old when he went tubing with his father and siblings on the Chain O' Lakes on July 28, 2012. Tony was having the time of his life until he fell off the tube. Before his father could pick him up, he was hit by a large boat despite wearing a bright red lifejacket and waving his arms. The man who hit Tony has been convicted with operating his boat under the influence of cocaine and alcohol. The tragedy of Tony's death may have been prevented if the driver had been stopped by the police when he was seen by witnesses hours earlier driving his boat erratically and recklessly. Unfortunately, patrols on the Chain O' Lakes have been drastically reduced because of budget cuts.

Driving a boat is one of last places where it is still socially acceptable to drink and drive. It is so prevalent that many homeowners on the Chain O' Lakes will not let their children in the water on the weekends. (We unfortunately did not know this until after Tony's death.)

The Y-not Project seeks to change this culture and make our lakes and rivers safe again. We believe this will actually increase the use of our lakes and rivers and consequently, increase the revenue to the businesses that surround the lakes and rivers.


LHS Food Truck Finale

A HUGE thank you to the Libertyville High School Student Council and the Class of 2018! They raised $3,000 for the Y-noT Project with their first annual Food Truck Finale. And a special thank you to the vendors and donors who made it all possible: Cheesies, Pizzeria DeVille, La Cocinita, The Popcorn Jester, Beavers Donuts, Dance Academy of Libertyville, Chipotle,  and Jamba Juice. Go Wildcats!  

5th Annual Wiffle Ball Tournament

Thanks to everyone who came out to play ball and support the Y-noT Project!  We had another fabulous event with lots of fun and laughter, a huge turnout, and great weather (thanks Tony!).

Here's the results for 2017:

Wiffle Ball Winners by Division:

    • Elementary - Dinger Swingers
    • Middle School - Whiffling Dixie
    • High School - Team Sean Wittenbrink
    • College - Team Perrelle
    • Adults- Sunset Foods
    • Competitive - Brian Schick

Home Run Derby Champs by Division:

    • Elementary - Carson Holmes
    • Middle School - Jax McMahon
    • High School - Cole Landmeier
    • College - Andrew Stack
    • Adults- Gary Bennett
    • Competitive - Joe Borcia

Top Fundraising Team by Division:

    • Elementary - Beast Dogs   $950
    • Middle School - Frankinators  $1,548
    • High School - Landmeier   $320
    • College - Morrison Cousins   $1,010*
    • Adults - Krusty Krabs   $200
    • Competitive - Brian Schick   $595*
*These teams did not go to HR Derby because some donations came in after the cutoff
Congratulations to all the winners!

And a huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in and supported yet another successful event!  We raised over $49,000, another incredible result!


Authorities Vowed To Crack Down On Intoxicated Boaters In 2017

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Tony's Law

As a result of the Y-noT Project's advocacy and in honor of Tony, several new laws went into effect beginning in 2014 in Illinois designed to improve boating safety and enhance enforcement of existing laws:
  • Boaters must fly orange flags to warn other boaters that they are towing skiers or tubers
  • Law enforcement may seize the boat under certain egregious circumstances, including a third OUI conviction or if the boater, under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, was involved in an accident causing death or serious injury
  • Boaters born on or after January 1, 1991 must obtain Boating Safety Certificates before operating a boat with more than 10 hp, and boat renters who do not have such a certificate must complete a boating safety course
  • Boaters involved in accidents resulting in death or serious injury must submit to alcohol and drug testing
This legislation was sponsored by State Senator Julie Morrison.
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