About Our Foundation

The Live Like Benjo Foundation

We are an all volunteer 501(c) 3 and a 509 (a) 4 Public Charitable Tax Exempt Educational Institution.

The Live Like Benjo Foundation was created in October of 2014 after the tragic death of Benjamin C. "Benjo" Haller of Underhill Center, Vermont after succumbing to a Shallow Water Blackout ‚Äč. Benjo was a lifelong sailor, diver, water-lover, sailing instructor, and a SCUBA instructor with over 1,500 dives. After realizing his lifelong dream of sailing thousands of miles from Malletts Bay, VT, to the Bahamas, Benjo drowned in only seven feet of water while spearfishing on Harbour Island on August 1, 2014. He was 27 and in his few short years he lived a life that most of us can only dream about. For more information about his life click here

As an all volunteer 501(c) 3 tax deductible educational foundation, we are dedicated to putting a smile on a child's face by providing grants for a week-long Sailing Camp to children through the Boys and Girls Club in Burlington, Vermont.  The majority of our grants are approved for children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn how to sail because of financial and other personal restraints. Working with the International Sailing Center, which is where Benjo worked for fourteen summers, we want to honor his passion for sailing by exposing adolescents to the joys of sailing and possibly building a passion of their own while helping them build self-confidence. 

Equally important in our Learn to Sail Program is educating our students on the dangers of prolonged breath-holding while swimming and playing underwater breath-holding games, which can lead to a shallow water blackout.

Mission:

The Live Like benjo Foundation exists to educate greater Vermont individuals and organizations on the perils and prevention of Shallow Water Blackout and to remember the passion filled life of Benjamin "Benjo" C. Haller.

  • Those who live like Benjo will not die like Benjo.

Vision:

  • Develop sailing programs, which introduce Benjo's most-loved sport to economically challenged youth and inspire self-confidence and independence. 
  • Provide lecture series, displays and instructional materials to educate water sport enthusiasts of all ages on the prevention of Shallow Water Blackout.