Our Mission

The mission of the Detroit Yacht Club Foundation is two-fold: first, to support the preservation of the historic DYC clubhouse, and second, to facilitate educational opportunities that celebrate the historic nature of the Detroit Yacht Club.  Established in 2011, the DYC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization authorized by the IRS to receive donations and bequests of all sizes on a tax-deductible basis.  Funds raised by the DYC Foundation will be used to restore, maintain, and preserve our historically and architecturally significant clubhouse.


The Detroit Yacht Club’s clubhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.   One of the architectural treasures of Detroit, the Clubhouse was designed by the George D. Mason Company in the Spanish Colonial Revival style.  George Mason was also the architect of numerous significant buildings, including the Masonic Temple, Gem Theater/Century Club and the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.  Dedicated by Detroit industrialist Gar Wood on August 30, 1923, the DYC clubhouse encompasses 93,000 sq. ft., making it the largest, and probably the grandest, yacht club facility in the United States.

To assure a steadfast commitment to its preservation mission, the DYC Foundation is a separate entity, independent from the Detroit Yacht Club.  The Foundation operates under its own Board of Trustees and Bylaws, consistent with state and federal regulations governing foundations.  Current officers and directors of the Detroit Yacht Club are not permitted to serve on the Foundation’s Board.

The Foundation provides a wonderful opportunity to enhance our ability to preserve and maintain the clubhouse for the benefit of current and future generations of members, families and friends in and around Detroit.  Preserving the clubhouse also assures that interested architectural, historical, and other communities will be able to experience and appreciate this great property for many decades to come.

Please browse our website to learn more about how you can contribute to the DYC Foundation, or click Contact Us to obtain more information.

DYC Foundation Gala Rescheduled


The DYC Foundation’s signature fundraising event, the Annual Gala, is rescheduled to Thursday evening, October 15 at 6:30 pm.   However, in light of the continuing challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, we will continue to evaluate plans for this event in the coming months with a focus on safety and feasibility.


In the meantime, our Gala Committee is working to organize a great event, whether it is “live” or “virtual”. So for now, please save the date for Prohibition: Belle Isle Style. We will continue to inform you about the Gala as time goes on this spring and summer.


Detroit Yacht Club Foundation    |    One Riverbank Rd  Detroit, MI 48207   |   (313) 757-5240

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