West Marine Partners with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to Raise More Than $41,300 through In-Store Fundraiser

Watsonville, CA, Nov 13, 2017 - West Marine, the world’s premier Waterlife Outfitter, is pleased to announce the results of a highly successful collaboration with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) that took place at West Marine store locations across the U.S. throughout the month of October 2017. During that time, West Marine encouraged customers to donate to the cause at check-out through its in-store promotion, and, add their name to a paper sailboat to display in store. During the 31-day fundraiser, nearly 16,700 paper sailboats were signed by West Marine customers and more than $41,300 was raised to support LLS.

The timing of this fundraiser coincided with the wrap-up of LLS’s 2017 Leukemia Cup Regatta campaign, a series of sailing events held at yacht clubs across North America. Skippers register their boats and recruit their friends and colleagues to help crew and to raise funds and sponsor their boat. The funds raised will help support life-saving research and patient services, bringing hope to blood cancer patients and their families. Since the Leukemia Cup Regatta’s inception, more than $62 million has been raised to help advance the LLS mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

“West Marine is honored to partner with LLS’s Leukemia Cup Regatta and help accelerate cures,” said Deb Radcliff, West Marine Senior Vice President, Marketing. “The connection that many of our customers and associates have to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s cause was inspirational for both our associates’ and customers’ families. In the two years we’ve conducted the paper sailboat campaign, we are proud to have raised nearly $85,000 for LLS.”

“The West Marine associates and customer family support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has been incredible,” said sailing legend Gary Jobson, who has served as the National Chairman of the Leukemia Cup Regatta campaign for 25 years. “As a lymphoma survivor, I am all the more grateful for the help that companies like West Marine and overall sailing communities have provided to LLS.”

For more information about West Marine and the Leukemia Cup Regatta Series, please visit www.westmarine.com http://www.leukemiacup.org/what/sponsors/west_marine/

About West Marine

Each person has a unique connection to the water. At West Marine (westmarine.com, NASDAQ: WMAR), our knowledge, enthusiasm and products prepare Waterlife adventurers to foster that connection and explore their passions. With 250 stores located in 38 states and Puerto Rico and an eCommerce website reaching domestic, international and professional customers, West Marine is recognized as a leading Waterlife Outfitter for cruisers, sailors, anglers and paddlesports enthusiasts. Since first opening our doors in 1968, West Marine associates continue to share the same love for the water as our customers and provide helpful advice on the gear and gadgets they need to be safe and have fun.

About Monomoy Capital Partners

Monomoy Capital Partners is a private equity firm with $1.5 billion in committed capital. Through its three fund vehicles, Monomoy makes controlling investments in lower middle market businesses in the manufacturing, distribution, consumer products and foodservice sectors. Over the past eleven years, Monomoy has closed over 45 middle market acquisitions, and its companies have produced over $2.5 billion in combined sales and employed more than 5,000 associates across four continents. To learn more about Monomoy and its portfolio, please visit the firm’s website at www.mcpfunds.com

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org. Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.

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