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 Illinois Marine Law Enforcement units
The Y-noT Project has become a major supporter of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, as well as the Lake County and McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Marine Units, 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 six years, we have issued grants totaling $236,200 to local law enforcement, and these grants have been used for:
- A patrol boat for DNR 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 for DNR to store its patrol boats to protect the boats from the weather, assuring a much longer life
- Added electricity to the DNR storage building for lighting, electronics and battery charging
- A boat lift for the new DNR 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
- Patrol boat engines for McHenry County Sheriff’s Department
We are beginning to see evidence that these investments are paying off. DNR increased the number of OUI citations issued in 2017 over the number issued in 2012 by 97%, 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 2017. For more details, see the DNR’s most recent annual report at DNR Boating Accident Report 2017.
Support for AAIM And Victims of Impaired Drivers
The Y-noT Project has provided grants to the Alliance Against Impaired Motorists 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.
We have also provided financial support to victims of impaired drivers such as Leeslyee Huerta (through AAIM) and Maria Roberts.
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/Lake Cty Coast Guard Training||$12,000||$12,000|
|Lake Cty Sheriff Intoxilyzers||$3,795||$3,795|
|McHenry Cty Sheriff Intoxilyzers||$5,232||$5,232|
|McHenry Cty Sheriff Radar Units||$1,732||$1,732|
|McHenry Cty Sheriff Misc. Equip||$2,188||$2,188|
|McHenry Cty New Boat Engines||$30,588||$30,588|
|McHenry Cty Steering Mech. For New Engines||$1,603||$1,603|
|McHenry Cty Propellers for New Engines||$477||$477|
|McHenry Cty. Emergency Light Equip.||$6,553||$6,553|
|Misc. Community Outreach||$1,321||$1,321|