Mercury Marine donates $5,000 to ABYC Foundation

EDGEWATER, Md. – The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) Foundation has received a $5,000 donation from Mercury Marine for use in expanding and improving ABYC’s Marine Research Library and Resource Center, the foundation reported in a statement today.

With the recent merger of ABYC and the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology, ABYC was presented with the opportunity to combine ABYC’s 5,000-volume collection of donated books, magazines and technical reports, as well as boating safety videos and footage of laboratory crash and fire tests, with the approximately 1,500-volume collection of resource materials from Westlawn’s Connecticut office, according to ABYC.

“This was certainly a noteworthy grant that directly impacts ABYC’s ability to serve the needs of both our members and the marine community at large,” said Skip Burdon, president and CEO of ABYC. “Mercury Marine was one of the primary donors to ABYC’s original library/resource center project, and their continued support of this project is applauded and in keeping with their commitment to industry education and training.”

The ABYC library project entailed: purchasing of appropriate library cataloging software; obtaining and integrating the content from Westlawn’s office in Connecticut to ABYC’s office in Maryland; making the library catalog accessible to members and the boating public; and the hiring of Mari Ramsey as ABYC’s summer intern to coordinate the overall management of this project.

The ABYC Research Library and Resource Center was dedicated in June 1997 at its Edgewater, Md., headquarters to serve as a national public resource of information about watercraft safety.

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