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West Marine Press Release

BOATING, FISHING AND MARINE NON-PROFITS SOUGHT FOR “CRUISING FOR A CAUSE” BENEFIT IN WOBURN, MA. Charity Night Launches West Marine’s Grand Opening Weekend of its Woburn Flagship Store

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Laurie Fried
831.761.6944
laurief@westmarine.com

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (March 7, 2011)
West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, is looking for Woburn-area marine-based non-profits to be the beneficiaries of the “Cruising for a Cause” charity event. Set for Thursday, April 28th from 6:00 – 9:00p.m. the benefit will kick off the Grand Opening weekend of West Marine’s new Flagship Store in Woburn. The company seeks charities that are based locally and serve the needs of the boating, fishing and sailing community or the marine environment.

“Cruising for a Cause” participants will earn money from tickets sold for the event with 100% of the proceeds to go to the charities. West Marine will provide refreshments and entertainment and will advertise and promote the event within the community. Non-profits chosen to participate in the Grand Opening night’s celebration will be responsible for selling a minimum of 50 tickets ($10 per ticket) to the event as well as providing volunteers to help with the evening’s festivities.

West Marine hosts “Cruising for a Cause” celebrations around the country and commonly has a minimum of 500 people in attendance. The evening festivities include a silent and live auction, music, food, and local community leaders in attendance. For full details on how to apply to be a beneficiary of “Cruising for a Cause” send an inquiry via e-mail to grantsandsponsorships@westmarine.com.

ABOUT WEST MARINE

West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has more than 325 company-owned stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada and three franchised stores located in Turkey. Our call center and Internet channels offer Customers over 60,000 products plus the convenience of exchanging catalog and Internet purchases at our Store locations. Our Port Supply division is one of the largest wholesale distributors of marine equipment serving boat manufacturers, marine services, commercial vessel operators and government agencies. For more information on West Marine's products and store locations, or to start shopping, visit westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464).