MBIA awards grants to members promoting boating

The Michigan Boating Industries Association awarded grants to members throughout Michigan who plan on promoting boating to their communities during Michigan Boating Week, June 9 through June 16.

“Part of our mission as an Association is to promote boating, and our members play a critical role in doing so,” said MBIA Executive Director Nicki Polan. “We’re proud to help our members provide opportunities to get out on the water in all regions of Michigan, knowing people will love the boating lifestyle once they experience it.”

With so many surrounding area lakes and rivers, boating is a very enjoyable way to spend time with family and friends, said Patti Hoffman of Windjammer Marina in Oden, Mich., one of the grant recipients. “Our younger generation will learn to respect our most valuable resource - water,” Hoffman said, adding Windjammer Marina will host an open house June 16.

Staff at Pier 33 in St. Joseph, Mich. will run boats and help visitors learn about the best ways to get on the water, said Tighe Curran, general manager. Pier 33 will host Ride and Decide Demo Days June 9 and 10. “As an industry, we need to work harder to grow this wonderful, affordable outdoor recreational activity,” Curran said.

For a full calendar of public boating events during Michigan Boating Week, and throughout the summer, visit boatmichigan.org/events.

MBIA is a non-profit trade association representing more than 350 marine businesses and serves as the voice for Michigan’s $7.4 billion marine industry.

For more information, call 734.261.0123 or visit www.mbia.org.

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