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Marine Industry Cares Foundation raises money for charities

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Marine Industry Cares Foundation raised $150,000 for charities with an annual spin-a-thon held in April in Ft. Lauderdale. 

More than 600 spinners, riders on stationary bikes, and about 400 attendees participated in the the fifth annual Spin-A-Thon at Esplanade Park along the New River. The event, presented by the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation donated proceeds to Kids In Distress and Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center in south Florida.

“We can’t say a big enough thank you to everyone who helped make the 5th Annual Spin-A-Thon such a success,” Mole Telfer, Marine Industry Cares Foundation Chairman, said. “To bring together such diverse cross sections of the marine community, large and small local businesses, government and community groups to raise awareness about the needs of children and families in our community and money for Kids In Distress and Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center is an accomplishment that we are extremely proud of.”

Several local elected officials kicked off the event and participated in the spinning including City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs and Dania Beach Mayor Walter Duke.

“I love the Spin-A-Thon and when you can combine exercise and do something like this to bring everyone together to support two great organizations like CDTC and Kids In Distress, it makes for a great day in the City of Fort Lauderdale,” Mayor Seiler said.

Telfer recognized several people and companies that played an integral role in the event’s success after the countdown to the 7pm finish and air horns were blown. He acknowledged the support of presenting sponsor Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation and all the other major sponsors, in-kind sponsors and donors, in addition to MICF community partners Winterfest Boat Parade and Riverwalk Trust. Special recognition was given to the contributions of several key volunteers including Event Chair Mark Bononi, Melissa Gribas and Peter Hult of MHG Insurance Brokers, Sabrina Farmer and Beverly Grant of IMA Yachts, Paul Kahn, a Winterfest Board Member, Darla Skaf of Fairport Yacht Support and the management and staff of National Marine Suppliers.

For more information visit www.marineindustrycares.org.

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