Fundraising is absolutely essential to the operation of GAR!  In addition to their monthly team participation dues, High Schoolers are obligated to raise $400 per year, Middle Schoolers – $200 (subsequent rowers per family – $200 each).

There is a “buy out” option, however rowers are encouraged to participate in fundraising events whenever possible to support their team.

GAR does not receive monetary support from any schools or from the Alachua County School Board. In an effort to keep the dues affordable, GAR relies on fundraising to cover expenses, repairs and purchases of equipment.

Below is a list of both in-the-works and currently scheduled GAR FUNdraisers. (More may be added throughout the year) Scheduled event dates are posted on the GAR calendar and the specifics are provided to all GAR families prior to each event. Please contact the GAR Fundraising Chair, with questions and suggestions.

GAR tries to involve the rowers as much as possible to keep the “FUN” in the “raising” of money for the team!

  • Ice Cream Social: TBD, hosted by Cymplify Central, 5:30 to 7 PM
  • Annual Wine tasting: Held in November each year
  • Pancake Breakfasts: Saturday mornings, one in the Fall and one in the Spring
  • Winter Holiday Fundraiser: TBD
  • Car Wash: TBD
  • Dining to Donate: TBD
  • Garages Sale: TBD
  • Rent a Rower; ongoing
  • SmugMug Photos: ongoing
  • Amazon Smile: ongoing

GAR’s Wish List (approximate costs)

  • Women’s 8+ Sweep boat: $38,000
  • Men’s 8+ Sweep boat: $38,000
  • Four Sculling boat: $24,000
  • 2 new double Sculling boats: $13,000 each
  • 2 mid-weight racing singles boats: $7,000 each
  • 2 new sets of sweep oars: $3,000 each
  • Ergometers (“Erg’s): $850 each
  • Individual HS and MS team membership scholarships: $1200 and $600 each, respectively
  • HS rowing team uniforms: $90 each

For information on upcoming fundraising activities and events, please see the postings below.

GAR Erg-A-Thon

GAR is rowing from Newnans Lake to Regionals, the 1996 Olympic site. In other words, it’ll be 600,000 meters and we’ll be attempting to do it across 3 ergs in 10 hours. Middle school, high school, masters and coaches will all be contributing to the mileage! The event will be held at Cypress Grove (1001 NW 4th St, Gainesville, FL) on December 3th, 7am-5pm. Can we complete our goal? Please help motivate our rowers by donating generously. Proceeds help support our rowing programs that are desperately in need of funds as we’re still suffering from fundraising cancellations due to Covid-19.


You may now support GAR each time you purchase from Amazon, and it costs you nothing! Use “Amazon-Smile” for your purchases and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to GAR whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

Click the AmazonSmile image or follow this link to help GAR:


Rent-A-Rower is a fundraising program designed to provide labor in exchange for a donation to help support our club. Rowers are responsible and strong athletes that are capable of many jobs–yard work, cleaning, baby-sitting, moving, and tutoring.

A suggested minimum per rower cost for work would be $10/hour. Checks can be made payable to Gainesville Area Rowing.

This program is open to all family, friends, and anyone in our community who needs work done!

Please contact the Fundraising Chair for more information.