West Marine donates to ABYC Foundation

EDGEWATER, Md. – Boating retailer West Marine Inc. recently donated $5,000 to the American Boat & Yacht Council Foundation to help it launch its capital giving campaign, ABYC said in a release today.

The donation is in recognition of ABYC’s 50th Anniversary year and will be used primarily to support ABYC’s efforts to strengthen industry technical education and training, according to the group. West Marine has been an ABYC member since 1991.

“The ABYC Foundation is thrilled that West Marine has made this significant contribution during ABYC’s 50th Anniversary year,” declared Skip Burdon, the foundation’s secretary, and president of ABYC. “We are hoping that this is the first of many donations so that we can accrue the funds needed to improve the boating experience through industry standards, as well as through workforce technical education, training and research initiatives.”

Chuck Hawley, vice president of Technical Information for West Marine, said he believes the ABYC Foundation is an important contributor to the marine industry.

“We actively promote boating safety, and ABYC, in part through the financial support of its Foundation, provides our industry with up-to-date safety-based standards, technical education and training, gives our new service centers’ workforce opportunities for professional certifications, and, conducts and supports much-needed safety-related research,” Hawley said.

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