TAMPA, Fla. – Viewing for the second annual Roosevelt Rowing Regatta will be in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park on January 5 and 6 with live music and this year, admission is free!  The rowing races will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Sunday from noon until 4 p.m., there will be paddle-board, kayak and dragon boat races along with a Best Seafood Dish Award.  Signature seafood dishes prepared by local restaurants will be available on both days along with a low-country shrimp and stone crab boil by Wimauma Foods, picnic blankets, food trucks, cash bars, games, ice skating and valet parking.

The Stewards’ Enclosure is a reserved viewing area with fashionable outdoor event attire worn by attendees and the cost for admittance on both days is $35.  On Saturday, there will be a hat contest and premium reserved riverside seating at $75 per person which includes admittance to the Stewards’ Enclosure, a continental brunch buffet and waiter service for beverage and seafood purchases.  The rowing races and reserved seating option will be moved to Sunday if the weather is inclement.

A Friday night event has been added to benefit the Children’s Dream Fund.  GLO will be in the Stewards’ Enclosure from 6 until 10 p.m. where there will be live entertainment, a cash bar and appetizers for $35 per person.  $20 lanterns will be for sale that will be launched on the river.

Children under 12 accompanied by adults in the Stewards’ Enclosure are free and all prices will increase to $45 and $100 per person respectively on January 2 and at the door.

The Stewards Foundation, the mission of which is to use the sport of rowing to teach teamwork and responsibility to young people, will be the recipient of a portion of the proceeds generated by the festivities.

To purchase admission to the Roosevelt Rowing Regatta Stewards’ Enclosure or GLO and for more information visit or call (813) 251-0500. For more information about the Stewards Foundation visit and for the Children’s Dream Fund.

The event is the brainchild of local promoter Ken Walters. According to Walters, the Roosevelt Rowing Regatta is modeled after the popular “Head of the Charles” competition held each year in Boston.  “Rowing competition is the oldest intercollegiate sporting event,” he said.  “The Roosevelt Rowing Regatta will showcase the best part of Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa!”

Ken Walters is a Tampa native who is President of Ken Walters Promotions & Products, a company he established in 1984 that helps organizations promote through promotional products and printing and also through sponsorship and events.  Walters promotes Social and Business events through his and is the originator of the annual party which he has produced each year since Frank Sinatra’s death in 1998 .  The next Celebrate Sinatra will be held on July 27, 2013.