Published: May 11, 2013 7:52 PM EDT

NAPLES, Fla - Thousand turned out to The Dock at Crayton Cove and Naples Bay for the 37th annual Great Dock Canoe Races. The event started out in the late 70's as a fun and small gather of locals celebrating the end of the busy season. 

Now, 37 years later, it's turned into the biggest party in Naples, but the races are still much more than just a party. Over the past 37 years, 37 different Collier County children's charities have benefited. 

This year's charity of choice is the Speical Olympics of Collier County. The organization will receive a $5,000. Program leaders say the money will go toward getting younger kids with special needs involved in the Special Olympics.