FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — More than 400 volunteers gathered this past weekend to participate in IGY Marinas‘ annual philanthropic initiative, Inspire Giving through You. The company’s corporate staff, marina associates, Anchor Club Strategic Partners, yacht owners, captains and crew members spent the day supporting local charitable organizations in the Caribbean and Latin America.

«IGY Marinas is truly humbled to see so many members within our industry join us for a day of inspiring and giving back to communities around the world,» said Tom Mukamal, CEO of IGY Marinas. «We have always looked for ways to support the local communities in which we have a company presence, prompting a new approach last year with Inspire Giving through You. This new platform allows us to bring multiple participants to our efforts, improve the coordination of our efforts, and gain greater exposure for the charities and entities we are seeking to support.»

Marina efforts for this year’s Inspire Giving through You initiative included:

Colombia Volunteers from Marina Santa Marta once again partnered with Fundehumac to rebuild the school’s ceiling as part of its ongoing support of the facility. Donation and event sponsors included, Franklin Reslen; Ferrehogar; and Distrielectricos.

Mexico Marina Cabo San Lucas worked with the local Fire Brigade to provide a covered structure for the on-site vehicles and equipment, as well as installed an anti-theft perimeter fencing and replaced the facility’s water pump. Event sponsors included, PowerAde; Lety & Lety; Meny Maquinaria; Coca Cola; and American Beverage Co.

St. LuciaRodney Bay Marina volunteers improved the aesthetics of the New Beginnings Transit Home, which included constructing a gazebo, rewired security lighting, and the creation of a kitchen garden. Donation and event sponsors included, Amazon Landscaping; Bread Basket; Café Ole; Carasco and Sons Ltd.; Exelsign; Greening the Caribbean; Lucian Tees; and Rodney Bay Marina Taxi Association.

St. Maarten Yacht Club at Isle de Sol and Simpson Bay Marina teamed up with the New Start for Children Foundation, where volunteers spent the day painting the interior and exterior of the foster home and installed a new television, which was donated by the Horizons II vessel. Sponsors of the event included, Carrefour Market; Domino’s Pizza; Fat Turtle Restaurant; Heavenly Water; N.V. NAPA Marine and Auto Parts; Robelto & Son B.V.; St. Maarten Luxury Transportation; Stan The Man Tours N.V; and The Rotary Club of St. Maarten.

St. Thomas – Volunteers at  Yacht Haven GrandeMarina and American Yacht Harbor partnered with the UVI/CES Water Ambassadors Program to develop an Outdoor Hydrologic Environmental Learning Center at the Addelita Cancryn Junior High School. The learning center will be used as an outdoor science lab, and will be incorporated into regular curriculum. Event and donation sponsors included, deSigns Inc.; Cheers St. Thomas Group; Island Time Pizza; Mini Mart; My Brother’s Workshop and Bakery; Neptune Fishing Supplies; U.S.V.I. Department of Public Works; U.S.V.I. Department of Agriculture; White Bay Group; CORE; and the UVI Communications Department.

Turks & Caicos – Blue Haven Marina participants constructed an outdoor play and discovery area for the Extraordinary Minds Ashley Learning Centre, which included the installation of a fence, ground cover, sand pit, and outdoor furnishings. Sponsors included, Blue Haven Resort; Do It Centre Building Materials; Environmental Arts; and PTS Equipment Rental.

Plans for Inspire Giving through You’s summer outreach events are scheduled for June 10, 2017. The company will announce more details on participating marina locations and non-profit organizations in the coming months.

For more information on how to participate in the June Inspire Giving through You community outreach event or to make a donation, contact Vivienne Yaple at [email protected]. For more information on IGY Marinas or its impressive collection of marina destinations, visit Follow IGY Marinas on Facebook at Twitter and Instagram @IGYMarinas.   

About IGY Marinas  

Based in Fort Lauderdale, FL, IGY Marinas is reputed to be the largest international marina company in the world and a leading point of contact for vessels in the western hemisphere.  The company’s network includes 15 marinas operating in seven countries, with the newest location in Miami Beach (United States, Colombia, Mexico, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Panama, and Turks & Caicos); more than 8,000 unique vessels serviced annually and approximately 100,000 customers each year.  With more than 2,000 slips under management, IGY Marinas caters to a variety of markets, including sportfish, cruise, sail and megayacht.  With more than 300 slips accommodating vessels over 80 feet (24 meters), IGY’s marinas are also leading destination ports for some of the world’s largest yachts – servicing more than 900 superyachts per year.  

Additionally, IGY Marinas boasts one of the world’s leading large-vessel support networks, the IGY Anchor Club Strategic Partners, which encompasses an array of services from provisioning to crew training, along with health and maritime travel.  IGY Marinas also hosts top international sailing, fishing and nautical-related events, making its marinas highly sought ‐ after maritime activity destinations. With a passion for giving back on a global scale, the company supports its marinas twice a year as part of its «Inspire Giving through You» philanthropic initiative.

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