Vote for The Barbaro-Gould Foundation in the Annual WEDU Awards!

The Barbaro-Gould foundation has applied for the WEDU Be More Empowered Small Nonprofit Award and needs your help to succeed.

The official description of the award is as follows: This award will recognize the small nonprofit that best demonstrates the truth in statement that “big things come in small packages.” This award will recognize an organization with a budget under $500,000 and despite its modest size, has a major positive impact on our community.

Please help bring attention to The Barbaro-Gould Foundation and its causes by casting your vote today! Everyone can vote once every 24 hours.  Vote for BGF daily!

Vote here now!

Our Hero Returns

brad-medal-piperAfter a long flight back from Rio de Janeiro, Brad returned to a huge crowed of fans waiting for him at Tampa International Airport, including many officers and members of the Clearwater Yacht Club, friends, family, and  news crews from local CBS affiliate, channel 10 WTSP, NBC affiliate WFLA Channel 8, and Bay News 9.

It was a exciting and emotional time for all.

Now help us complete our film, so we can share this story of courage, dedication and achievement with everyone. Support the movie, Racing to Rio, with your generous, tax deductible donation. Click here to donate.

USA Sonar Wins Silver!

Finishing in impressive fashion, USA Sonar takes 1st in the final race to take the Silver. One second behind was New Zealand who just missed the bronze to CAN.

Congratulations to USA’s Rick Doerr, Brad Kendell and Hugh Freund and to Canada’s Paul Tingley, Logan Campbell and Scott Lutes.

The race may be over, but the story continues…

Help us bring the story of adaptive sailing to a bigger audience. Support the movie, Racing to Rio, with your generous, tax deductible donation. Click here to donate.

Citius, Altius, Fortius

In every way, every sailor in Rio is a bonified Olympian. The struggle, the hard work, the intensity, the goals, the determination. These athletes are athletes, through and through.

Each and everyone of them is different, better, and more for competing. And to compete at this level, one is truly a world-class athlete.

Making it to this level is recognition of extreme talent, dedication and drive. Making it to the podium is the extreme mark of achievement.

Race hard, sail fast. You are our champions.

Todd Gould
Producer
Racing to Rio

Rio 2016 Paralympics Day 5 Update – Big Fight for Silver!

Australia has wrapped up the Gold, but it is going to be a no holds barred contest tomorrow for Silver and Bronze with six boats within 7 points of each other and more in reach!

USA had a tough day with a 10th and an 8th, but still managed to hold onto 2nd with Canada nipping at their transom by 1 point!

All those days and hours training, so much hope and hard work comes down to one race tomorrow.

Rick, Brad and Hugh, we are rooting for you! You got this!

Help us bring the story of adaptive sailing to a bigger audience. Support the movie, Racing to Rio, with your generous, tax deductible donation. Click here to donate.

Day Four – Holding onto 2nd!

Only two out of three races held today, race #9 postponed till tomorrow.

The USA boys took a 7th and a 2nd. Our friends on the Canadian team, skipped by Paul Tingley, have moved into 3rd. Australia extends their 1st place lead to 11 points.

Keep sailing fast, my friends!

Help us bring the story of adaptive sailing to a bigger audience. Support the movie, Racing to Rio, with your generous, tax deductible donation. Click here to donate.

Destination Rio

Pictured: Brad Kendell (left) and his team at the 2016 Paralympics opening ceremony.
Pictured: Brad Kendell (left) and his team at the 2016 Paralympics opening ceremony.

It’s been a long, challenging race to the Paralympic games but Sonar Team USA 1 has finally made it to Rio! We are beyond proud of Brad and the team!

Help us bring the story of adaptive sailing to a bigger audience. Support the movie, Racing to Rio, with your generous, tax deductible donation. Click here to donate.

Rio 2016 Paralympics Day 3 Update – USA Sonar Rockets into 2nd

With a strong 2nd and two 3rd place finishes, USA Paralympic Sonar team of Rick Doerr, Brad Kendell and Hugh Freund rocket into 2nd place at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Game. This is the kind of consistency that wins medals.

After three days, USA has 18 points, 6 behind first place Australia and 3 ahead of third place New Zealand.

Keep up the great work, gentlemen!

Help us bring the story of adaptive sailing to a bigger audience. Support the movie, Racing to Rio, with your generous, tax deductible donation. Click here to donate.

Heading to the Finish Line

As the Paralympic teams get ready to head down to Rio for the 2016 games, and USA1 Sonar is the team to beat after winning the World Championships in the Netherlands, the team at Racing to Rio is headed to our own finish line.

With multi-Emmy Award winning cinematographer Bill Mills behind the camera, we have amazing interviews with the USA1 Sonar team and footage of USA1 practicing with CAN1. We also have great interviews and footage with Warrior Sailing, Maureen McKinnon & Ryan Porteous (SKUD-18), the phenomenal Betsy Allison and so much more.

Brad getting his sea legsNow all we have left is to film a few more interviews and to purchase footage from several adaptive sailing events, then we are ready to send this to the editor to make movie magic. After that it’s titles, color correction, and music. Then we are off to festivals and distribution to share this great sport with the world.

However, we need your help to push Racing to Rio through the finish. We must raise a final $75,000 to complete this amazing movie – this is where you come in as a critical part of our winning team!

Please donate right now…don’t wait another minute – Help us over the finish line!

Racing to Rio is being produced by The Barbaro-Gould Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, so your donation to support this film is tax deductible as allowed.

Bronze Medal: $25 Thank you and access to an on-line screener of the movie!
Silver Medal: $50 Thank you very much and access to an on-line screener of the movie!
Gold Medal: $100 Special Thank You in film credits and access to an on-line screener of the movie!
Yacht Club: $1,000 Special Individual Thank You in film credits and copy of DVD which you can screen at your club as a fundraiser for adaptive sailing!
Other: Please enter amount on the PayPal Screen. All donations over $25 receive access to an on-line screener of the movie!

Maureen McKinnonMake donation checks payable to:

The Barbaro-Gould Foundation, Inc.
1211 Hamlet Ave, Studio D
Clearwater, FL 33756

Please put Racing to Rio on the check and include your e-mail address.

Like, Follow, and Share our Facebook, Blog, Twitter, and Instagram

Spread the Word to potential sponsors and donors

The Barbaro-Gould Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not for profit charitable organization.  Donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law. FL Reg # CH40503

Marcus Cooley: Grip/Production Manager

Experienced from a variety of large and small scale projects, Marcus Cooley is the multi-talented prop master, go-pro setter,  and set dresser of Racing To Rio.

Marcus2

Marcus has worked in nearly all departments of film, including art, effects, writing, producing, directing, cinematography, acting, storyboarding, and animation. He has held positions such as assistant director, prop master, production designer, production coordinator, and art director. He has worked on feature films and television series, including big-name titles such as Selma, Furious 7, Ant-Man, The Hunger Games- Mockingjay Part 2, Left 4 Dead, The Vampire Diaries, and more.

In addition to being a certified Wolman Wood Care Professional, Marcus has also won for Best in Design at the 2010 Local Gala.

With Marcus’ well rounded skills, he has been an asset to many departments and is always willing to lend a hand.  The crew of Racing To Rio is thankful to have Marcus in from his hometown of Atlanta to join our crew during filming.

Racing to Rio is far more than the journey of a few elite athletes striving for world records, gold medals and personal bests. Racing to Rio is the story of transformation from individuals overcoming personal challenges to become world-class sailors and heroes who inspire others to face their challenges and live life to the fullest through the sport of sailing. Racing to Rio is literally about Brad Kendell's journey to the Paralympics in Rio 2016, but also serves on a larger scale as a metaphor for all people who face challenges and how they can take on life to win their own "races" by being the best they can be.