PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Schuylkill Navy is proud to announce a new partnership with ACME Markets around the Stotesbury Cup Regatta presented by Toyota.  ACME will now serve as the official supermarket, hydration and environmental partner of the Stotesbury Cup Regatta.

“The Stotesbury Cup Regatta has continued to grow tremendously over the last five years with 200 participating high schools, almost 6,000 athletes and over 35,000 spectators during our two day celebration.   As a result, hospitality needs for each school increase year-over-year.  ACME Markets is the perfect partner to help our participating schools and parent committees with these needs,” said Paul Horvat, Commodore of the Schuylkill Navy.

“Feeding and hydrating all of the athletes and the families from each school has become a complex and expensive task.  ACME will be able to assist schools in efficiencies and costs,” says Horvat.

As part of ACME’s partnership with the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, ACME will offer exclusive discounts and logistical support to parent committee chairs to alleviate the growing costs and labor of hospitality.

“ACME is very excited about our partnership with the Stotesbury Cup Regatta.  We are rooted in tradition in the Delaware Valley, feeding families for over 125 years.  Partnering with the Schuylkill Navy, which has served as the leader of the rowing community and as a faithful steward of the Schuylkill River since 1858, aligns with ACME’s rich history in this region,” said Dan Croce, President of ACME Markets.

“The Stotesbury Cup Regatta is the quintessential family event rowing since 1927.  ACME is all about families and we look forward in assisting the thousands of participating families with their hospitality needs,” said Croce.

In addition to assisting with the schools’ hospitality needs, ACME Markets will play an integral part in the Schuylkill Navy and the Philadelphia Water Department’s environmentally friendly effort to reduce the number of disposable plastic water bottles littering the Schuylkill and its banks. The Philadelphia Water Department has recently completed installation of four water stations from Boathouse Row to East Falls. The displays on the fountains urge pedestrians to choose tap water over bottled water because tap is greener, cheaper, and safer.

The Stotesbury Cup Regatta will promote this effort to the thousands of attendees, strongly urging them to leave single-use plastic bottles at home.  As a solution, ACME Markets will create a remote ACME Pop-Up Hydration Store in the Stotesbury Village at this year’s event.  There, spectators can purchase gallon bottles of ACME water and recyclable cups for all participating schools.  In addition, for participant and spectator convenience, ACME will sell bags of ice.  Parent Hospitality Chairs can order the water, cups and ice in advance and have them delivered right to their hospitality tent.  Or, a “cash and deliver option” will be available where schools can buy gallons of water, cups and/or ice on-site and have them delivered to their School Hospitality Tent along the river.

“ACME Markets will serve as a major part of the Schuylkill Navy’s efforts with PWD, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and our fellow rowing and paddling organizations in Philadelphia to keep the Schuylkill clean.  We believe this program is an important step in our continued stewardship efforts,” says Horvat.

ABOUT ACME Markets Inc.

ACME Markets Inc. began in 1891 when two friends, Samuel Robinson and Robert Crawford, opened a small neighborhood grocery store in South Philadelphia, emphasizing quality products, low prices, and friendly service. 125 years later, ACME remains dedicated to providing a high-quality grocery experience that our customers have come to expect.  Today, ACME operates 178 stores, including Sav-On Pharmacies at select locations, in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, and Maryland, employing nearly 20,000 associates. The company and its associates remain committed to the communities they serve.
For more information, visit www.acmemarkets.com.

ABOUT THE SCHUYLKILL NAVY OF PHILADELPHIA

Chartered in 1858, the Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia is the oldest amateur athletic governing body in the United States. Founded along the city’s “Boathouse Row,” its purpose is “to secure united action among the several Clubs and to promote amateurism on the Schuylkill River.” It hosts four regattas each year for over 9,500 participants, including the Stotesbury Cup Regatta – the largest scholastic regatta in the world. Today, the Schuylkill Navy includes: Fairmount Rowing Association, Pennsylvania Barge Club, Crescent Boat Club, Bachelors Barge Club, University Barge Club, Malta Boat Club, Vesper Boat Club, College Boat Club, Penn Athletic Club Rowing Association (Penn AC), Undine Barge Club, Philadelphia Girls’ Rowing Club (PGRC), Gillin Boat Club, Sedgeley Club, Pennsylvania Center for Adaptive Sport, Whitemarsh Boat Club, and the Conshohocken Rowing Center.  Regattas include: the Stotesbury Cup Regatta (May 20-21), the Schuylkill Navy Regatta (June 18), the Independence Day Regatta (July 1-3), and the Philadelphia Youth Regatta (July 23).

For more information, visit www.boathouserow.org | Facebook: www.facebook.com/schuylkillnavyofphiladelphia | Twitter: @boathouse_row | Contact: Bonnie Mueller, schuylkillnavyofphiladelphia@gmail.com

ABOUT THE STOTESBURY CUP REGATTA

The Stotesbury Cup Regatta is the largest high school rowing championship in the world and has been held continuously since 1927. The Regatta is governed by The Schuylkill Navy of Philadelphia, a non-profit organization founded in 1858 that is the oldest amateur athletic governing body in the United States.  As the Regatta enters its 90th year, approximately 6000 high school student-athletes from 200 high schools will compete in the 2016 Stotesbury Cup Regatta, joined by over 35,000 spectators.  The Stotesbury Cup Regatta is one of Philadelphia’s largest and longest running events.

For more information, visit www.stotesburycupregatta.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/stotesburycupregatta | Twitter: @stotesregatta |Contact: Bonnie Mueller, schuylkillnavyofphiladelphia@gmail.com