Joey Gratton Remembered

Again we made the trek to Sarasota for our now traditional New Year’s Celebration of life lived and life to live.

Beginning with the party, the whole crew at Twisted Metal Racing pulled out all the stops for an eventful New Years Eve Party at Billy Glueck’s man cave/compound. Billy, Brett and their entire crew of friends were great and generous hosts who left all of us with nothing to want. This party continues to grow year to year and let’s just say the entertainment value was priceless.

Just before noon on New Year’s Day just over 60 boats prepared to run together. Race Boats, performance pleasure boats, center consoles, runabouts, and a LOT of High Performance Outboards ran with the Memory of Joey with them on the water to the Tarpon Pointe.

The run to Tarpon Pointe Grille may not be long but it’s perfect for New Years day and watching the transformation from a quiet bar with empty seats to an immediate party on the dock was fun to watch. We were privileged and thankful to again have to opportunity to Join Priscilla, Blake, and Brock in the celebration of Joeys life and remembering what he meant to so many.

The Joey Gratton Education Foundation could use your contribution. I can’t think of a better way to step over the threshold of a new year than spend time with family and our great Powerboating friends who all find their way to Sarasota.

Ryan Beckly..…I can see in my mind when I close my eyes the warm genuine smile of Joey looking at you, cocking his head just so slightly, hugging you at the same time saying to You Ryan “My Man!”. THANK YOU for all you do and I know your wife, family, and host of friends all contribute and work so hard to make this fun and safe for the rest of us.