Marine charity adds program

Jan 14, 2014 by Guest Writer

The Marine Industry Cares Foundation, a philanthropic organization made up of South Florida’s marine industry, has added ARC Broward and the county’s annual Broward AWARE! Protecting Our Children child abuse prevention campaign to the list of charities it supports.

Broward AWARE is a collaboration of more than 20 agencies that focus on preventing child abuse. ARC Broward, which helps people with disabilities and other life challenges, was chosen to launch the campaign because children with special needs have three times the rate of incidence of child abuse.

MICF board Chairman David Reed and Executive Director Gordon Connell gave ARC Broward’s School for Hire students a field trip to Lauderdale Marine Center and classroom instruction about careers in the marine industry. Reed is publisher of The Triton.

“The maritime industry is one of the largest revenue generators and employment sectors in South Florida,” Connell said. “We believe the synergy with ARC and Broward AWARE was a perfect match to demonstrate our care for the community through engagement activities.”

Since 2010, MICF has raised more than half a million dollars for South Florida agencies benefiting children, mostly through its annual Spin-A-Thon. Its 6th annual Spin-A-Thon will be held Friday, April 25, at Esplanade Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit

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