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WEST MARINE SEEKS MARINE-BASED CHARITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN “CRUISING FOR A CAUSE” AT THE GRAND OPENING OF ITS FORT LAUDERDALE BOATING SUPERSTORE – Largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories is calling all local marine-based charities to be beneficiaries of unique fundraiser.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Laurie Fried
831.761.6944
laurief@westmarine.com

WATSONVILLE, Calif. (September 28, 2011)
In keeping with the company’s mission of conserving marine habitats and supporting local marine non-profits across the country, West Marine’s Fort Lauderdale Boating Superstore, the largest boating store in the United States, is calling all marine-based charities to participate in “Cruising for a Cause.”

“Cruising for a Cause,” a unique opportunity for local marine charities to raise funds or their programs, will be held during the grand opening of West Marine’s Boating Superstore located at 2401 S. Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, on Wednesday, December 7th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

“We welcome local charities that serve the boating, fishing and sailing community to join us during ‘Cruising for a Cause’,” said Geoff Eisenberg, CEO of West Marine. “A company is only as strong as the community it supports, and what better way to celebrate the grand opening of our 50,000 square foot boating superstore than with an event that raises funds for so many well-deserving non-profits.”

“Cruising for a Cause” earns money for local charities by offering 100 percent of the proceeds of tickets sold for the event. West Marine holds similar events around the country that help charities as varied as local non-profit youth-sailing clubs, beach clean-up expeditions, and organizations that preserve local marine life among others.

The evening’s festivities will include a silent and live auction, music, food, entertainment and more. For more information on how to apply to become a beneficiary of “Cruising for a Cause,” please email grantsandsponsorships@westmarine.com or contact Liz McComb at lizm@westmarine.com or 831-761-4066.

ABOUT WEST MARINE

West Marine (Nasdaq: WMAR), the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has more than 320 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).