The Annual Turn & Burn Regatta is held each fall, usually the first or second Sunday in November on the Schuylkill River/Kelly Drive in Philadelphia, PA.

Join us and help make sure every Philadelphia child has access to a computer.

Organized by The Philadelphia Children’s Foundation, the Turn & Burn Regatta is comprised of

  • a “Turn” (a 1,500 meter stake boat turning race), and immediately after…
  • a “Burn (a 500 meter sprint), featuring masters, college, and high school/junior events.

PCF Founder John Bannan is a former US Olympic Rowing coach and has deep roots in the Philadelphia rowing community.  As a high school and college coach, John has taught and mentored thousands of Philadelphia students over the last three decades.  He realized that too many young people in Philadelphia miss out on the opportunities to pursue a passion like rowing.

That’s why it’s been his mission to expand opportunity for all children in Philadelphia.  PCF’s in-school computer program has allowed hundreds of Philadelphia elementary school students to gain critical technology skills and build confidence as they prepare for a a better future.  PCF also works directly with families and local partner organizations to distribute computers to neighborhoods where many households have never had a computer.

The Turn & Burn Regatta is PCF’s major annual fundraiser, and supports our core technology and literacy programs, including

  • collecting, refurbishing, and upgrading thousands of donated computers each year
  • placing computers in Philadelphia School District classrooms where technology and computer infrastructure are often vastly under-resourced
  • distributing computers to younger students and their families for first-time home computer use
  • PCF’s Speakers program, which brings professionals across all industries and careers into schools so Philadelphia students can be exposed to different career choices and become inspired to pursue their dreams
  • and many other initiatives aimed at giving young people the skills, confidence, and opportunity they need to succeed