MasterCraft donates $75K to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

MasterCraft Boat Company announced a $75,000 donation to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital following a successful ‘Surf to Save Lives’ campaign. The two Tennessee-based organizations joined forces with the goal of bringing together the boating community and raising awareness and support the work of St. Jude in researching and treating childhood cancer and other catastrophic pediatric diseases.

Through a shared commitment of enriching the lives of families and making memories possible, MasterCraft’s summer surf campaign incentivized boaters from all over the country to hit the lakes and track their time wakeboarding, water-skiing or wakesurfing. With a maximum donation of $75,000, MasterCraft vouched to donate $1 for every minute of on-water activity logged on the MasterCraft app, regardless of the boat brand being used. 

“We are beyond excited to be writing St. Jude Children’s Hospital a check for $75,000 and further support their mission of finding cures and saving children,” said Krista Schipner, Vice President of Marketing for MasterCraft. “On behalf of MasterCraft, we thank the incredible community of boaters who got on board and participated in this year’s inaugural program. Together, we can make a real difference by raising funds and increasing awareness for a very worthy cause.”

Supporting the MasterCraft Surf to Save Lives campaign as the official spokesperson was former professional wakeboarder and TV host Alexa Score. As a MasterCraft ambassador and childhood cancer survivor herself, Score spearheaded awareness efforts alongside MasterCraft and took a leading role in helping the brand reach its goal of donating $75,000.

“Having gone through cancer treatment myself, I know first-hand just how impactful campaigns like these truly are in creating awareness and raising funds to support organizations like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Score. “It was an honor and extremely special for me to have had the opportunity to work alongside MasterCraft and promote such a worthwhile cause.”

When St. Jude opened in 1962, childhood cancer was largely considered incurable. Since then, St. Jude has helped push the overall survival rate from 20% to more than 80%. Through the Surf to Save Lives campaign, MasterCraft has played a small part in helping raise funds and increase awareness so that St. Jude can provide customized care for children regardless of their race, ethnicity, beliefs, or ability to pay.  Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food—so they can focus on helping their child live. 

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