Marine Industry Cares raises money for kids’ causes

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The charity Kids in Distress could receive $250,000 this year from the Marine Industry Cares association if the group meets its fundraising goals.

The group got a good portion of that amount raised in its third annual Spin-a-Thon, which had more than 400 spinning enthusiast including marine industry professionals, volunteer riders and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler raising funds.

“The Spin-A-Thon has become a popular event in the last three years, gaining community and marine industry support,” said Claudia McCormick, vice president of marketing and development at Kids In Distress, in a statement. “We are very grateful that the marine industry has pledged to raise much-needed funds for Kids In Distress through their newly formed foundation and we look forward to putting their hard work to use through our community programs and classes.”

Held at Esplanade Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the Spin-A-Thon featured teams alternating riding for 360 consecutive minutes on more than 60 stationary bikes. Each team, like the Young Professionals in Yachting, pledged to raise a minimum of $2,000 to participate in this year’s event.

“The marine industry is dedicated to building a lasting connection with the community, and we were motivated in no small part by our relationship with Kids In Distress,” said David Reed, owner of the Triton Newspaper. “The groundswell of support we have received for the Spin-A-Thon in the last three years shows our strong commitment to Kids In Distress and to the undeserved and neglected families in our community. We are excited to reach our goal of $250,000 and look forward to continuing to support of such a valuable organization.”

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