MIAMI — Interlux announced Thursday that the Waterfront Challenge will award $50,000 in grants in October 2011 to organizations to create sustainable waterfront environmental improvements in their communities. Eight grants from $4,500 to $20,000 will be awarded to groups in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.
A five-judge panel of marine industry leaders who share a passion for protecting our waters — with the help of boaters voting on Facebook for their favorite projects among the applications — will select seven regional winners to be awarded grants of $4,500 each and a grand prize to be awarded a grant of $20,000. Grant awards will be made at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show in October 2011.
At a press briefing at the Miami International Boat Show, Elenor Ekman, Marketing Manager of Interlux said, “We are excited about launching the Waterfront Challenge 2011. The health of our bays, streams, lakes and oceans is vital to the future of boating. The Waterfront Challenge is an opportunity for everyone to make a difference.”
The judges for the 2011 Waterfront Challenge are: Thom Dammrich, President of the National Marine Manufacturers Association; Fred Daoust, General Manager, Interlux North America; John Kelly, Chairman of the American Coatings Association Antifouling Working Group and a member of the California State Lands Commission Fouling Technical Advisory Group; Dan Pingaro, CEO of Sailors for the Sea; and Susan Shingledecker, Director of Environmental Programs for the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety Clean Water.