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Joyce Clear, CEO of the Connecticut-based yacht interior refit company Clear Group International, has created Ports of Cause, a philanthropic superyacht enterprise designed to showcasing superyacht design and the good will of the luxury brand community while raising money for various charities.

Ports of Cause propels a newly refurbished yacht into the global marketplace as an ambassador of the superyacht community while supporting charities through events and global initiatives.
Once a participating yacht has completed a refit, the vessel travels to key locations to host VIP events to raise money for charitable initiatives. Some charities to benefit from Ports of Cause in 2013 include Ecomundi Ventures, Models for Water, International SeaKeepers Society, and Plant-a-Fish.

“This program offers solutions to market expansion, job creation and image enhancement while highlighting American design and innovation, education and urgent global issues,” Clear said. “I share a strong passion with many in the industry about the positive impact yachting has on the world. The time has come to create a vehicle through which the world is educated about the positive influence of our industry and our owners, captains and crew.

“More, as a community, we have the opportunity to address some of the most critical issues facing our planet, today and in the future,” she said.

Its board of directors include Jim Bento of Ocean Marine Yacht Center in Virginia, attorney Michael Moore of Moore & Company in Miami, Jill Bobrow of Jill Bobrow Associates, Amy Halsted of The Halsted Agency, Peter Vogel of Interior Yacht Services, and Capt. Peter Dery.

The first vessel to participate in the program is the classic 116-foot Feadship M/Y The Highlander owned by Victor Muller, president of Skyper Cars. The Highlander was launched in 1967 by De Vries, the third Feadship built for Malcolm Forbes, who used the yacht for business and pleasure. Muller has spent several years restoring the yacht.

“I am delighted to join Joyce and her dedicated team of professionals to support this wonderful program and honored that my yacht will serve as its flagship,” he said in a statement announcing the new charity. Capt. Zach Paap and I look forward to welcoming hundreds of like-minded guests aboard to lend their support to Ports of Cause while they attend one of the many exclusive events planned that will raise the level of awareness of ocean advocacy.”

Ports of Cause will be participating in major global boat shows and its own fundraising events in 2013, starting with the Miami International Boat Show in February.

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