Where Your Donations Go
The Y-noT Project is honored and humbled by the tremendous outpouring of community support for the Borcia family and for our cause. Your financial support is also very much appreciated, and is essential for The Y-noT Project to accomplish our goals. We feel it is important for you to know where your donations go.
Support for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
The Y-noT Project has become a major supporter of the Illinois DNR, with the goal to increase law enforcement presence and effectiveness on the Fox River Waterways and Chain O’Lakes, encouraging safe and sober boating. In fact, over the last five years, we have issued grants totaling $191,062 to the DNR, and these grants have been used for:
- A patrol boat to increase patrols on the Chain during summer weekends
- Other law enforcement tools such as state-of-the-art breathalyzers, video cameras, radar units, powerful flashlights for night patrols, and life jackets for patrol officers
- A storage shed to store its patrol boats to protect the boats from the weather, assuring a much longer life
- Added electricity to the storage building for lighting, electronics and battery charging
- A boat lift for the new patrol boat, and weekly boat cleaning, saving patrol officers’ time which allows for extra patrol time
- An intensive, 56-hour Coast Guard training course for 18 DNR and Lake County Sheriff patrol officers.
We are beginning to see evidence that these investments are paying off. DNR increased the number of citations issued in 2016 by 18%, and the number of warnings by 14%, demonstrating the effect of their increased presence on the water. And the DNR’s increased focus on OUI enforcement resulted in a reduction in accidents, injuries and fatalities on Illinois waterways in 2016. For more details, see the DNR’s annual report at https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/safety/Documents/BoatingAccidentReport2016.pdf.
Support for Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists
The Y-noT Project has provided grants to AAIM to support its Victim Services programs. These programs are essential in helping the families of victims of impaired drivers and boaters navigate the legal system during criminal proceedings against the impaired drivers. In addition, AAIM provides grief support groups which bring together people who have suffered similar tragedies. The Borcia family will be forever grateful to AAIM for the support it provided to them during their ordeal following Tony’s death.
Support for Badgers Helping Badgers
The Y-noT Project has provided grants to a University of Wisconsin peer support group for students grieving the illness or loss of loved ones.
The Y-noT Project has many more projects in the works; be sure to visit this page again for updates!
|DNR Boat Storage Building||$11,655||$11,655|
|DNR Boat Lift||$13,689||$13,689|
|DNR Boat Cleaning||$1,425||$1,425|
|DNR Radar Units||$2,651||$2,651|
|DNR Video Camera Kits||$3,833||$3,833|
|DNR Life Jackets||$1,615||$1,615|
|DNR Coast Guard Training||$12,000||$12,000|
|Lake County Sheriff Intoxilyzers||$3,795||$3,795|
|McHenry County Sheriff Intoxilyzers||$5,232||$5,232|
|McHenry County Sheriff Radar Units||$1,732||$1,732|
|McHenry County Sheriff Misc. Equip||$2,188||$2,188|
|Libertyville Civic Center||$40||$40|
|Badgers Helping Badgers||$200||$535||$735|