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WEST MARINE SEEKS MARINE-BASED CHARITIES TO BE BENEFICIARIES AT THE GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION OF NEWEST FLAGSHIP STORE IN FORT MYERS, FL. - “Cruising for a Cause” Seeks Marine-Based Non-Profits In Florida’s Boating, Sailing, Fishing and Environmental Community

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Laurie Fried
831.761.6944
laurief@westmarine.com

WATSONVILLE, CA (May 25, 2012)

West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, today announces their search for Florida marine-based non-profits to be the beneficiaries of the “Cruising for a Cause” charity celebration set for Thursday, July 19th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.  The festivities will be held at the newest Fort Myers flagship store at 7070 College Parkway in Fort Myers.  In keeping with the company’s mission of protecting waterways and supporting local boating non-profits across the country—West Marine is eager to work with Fort Myers area charities that serve the local boating, fishing and sailing community.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from ticket sales to the “Cruising for a Cause” event go to the local charities.  West Marine holds similar events around the country that help charities as varied as local non-profit youth-sailing clubs, beach clean-ups, and organizations that preserve local marine life among others.

For the $10 ticket “Cruising for a Cause” attendees will receive food, beverages and entertainment provided by West Marine.  Non-profits picked as beneficiaries may also include a limited amount of silent auction items with all the proceeds benefiting their charity.

For full details on how to apply to participate in “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 310 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 75,000 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).