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West Marine Press Release

OVER $16,500 RAISED FOR LOCAL CHARITIES AT WEST MARINE’S NORTH PALM BEACH GRAND OPENING - Recipients Included Loggerhead Marine Life Center, the Snook Foundation, Lagoonkeepers, Teen Anglers and the Marine Industry Education Foundation.

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Laurie Fried
831.761.6944
laurief@westmarine.com

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (June 30, 2011)
West Marine, (Nasdaq:WMAR) the country’s largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, announced that over $16,500 was raised for local charities at the grand opening celebration of its newest flagship location in North Palm Beach, Florida. Located at 11241 US Highway, it is the largest West Marine Store in Southeast Florida, and is nearly three times the size of a standard Store.

To launch the grand opening weekend, West Marine held a “Casting for a Cause” event. Tickets were available for ten dollars through: Loggerhead Marine Life Center, the Snook Foundation, Lagoonkeepers, Teen Anglers and the Marine industry Education Foundation. A live and silent auction was held on site and all of the proceeds benefited these local charities. 

“We would like to thank West Marine for their generous support of our foundation,” said Andy Flack, Executive Director of the Marine Industry Education Foundation. “The proceeds from “Casting for a Cause” allow us to continue boating programs to the youth we serve.”

A highlight of the live auction was a fishing trip donated by Capt. Jonathan Wright of Wright on Time Fishing Charters. Jake Anderson of the fishing vessel Northwestern, as featured on Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” agreed to join the crew to sweeten the deal. The winning bid of $500 was donated to Teen Anglers.

“Our grand opening festivities exceeded our expectations and we are very grateful for the support of the community and our partners for contributing to its success,” said Damon Wilson, General Manager of the North Palm Beach Flagship Store. “Part of West Marine’s mission is to improve and protect marine habitats and promote youth boating. The funds raised at “Casting for a Cause” will help to accomplish these goals.”

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).