West Marine Press Release

WEST MARINE SEEKS MARINE-BASED CHARITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION OF HAWAII’S LARGEST BOATING SUPERSTORE – “Cruising for a Cause” Seeks Non-Profits That Serve the Marine Environment and Hawaii’s Boating, Fishing and Sailing Community


Laurie Fried

WATSONVILLE, CA (January 23, 2012)

West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, today announces their search for Hawaii marine-based non-profits to be the beneficiaries of the “Cruising for a Cause” charity celebration. Set for Thursday, March 22nd from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, the event will be held at the newest Honolulu flagship location at 420 N. Nimitz Highway (across from K-mart). In keeping with the company’s mission of protecting our waters and supporting local non-profits across the country, West Marine is eager to work with Hawaii-based charities that serve the marine environment and local boating, fishing and sailing communities.

“Cruising for a Cause” earns money for local charities by offering 100% of ticket proceeds 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.

“All of us at West Marine are pleased to offer Hawaii an even larger location to find all they need to enjoy a day on the water, and we appreciate all of our current West Marine Customers from Hawaii and abroad,” says Susan Lynch, General Manager, West Marine, Honolulu. “We look forward to hearing from Hawaii non-profits who would like to join us for “Cruising for a Cause.”

The evening’s festivities will include a silent and live auction, Hawaiian music, local food, and community leaders in attendance. Non-profits picked as beneficiaries are invited to include one auction item. All of the money earned from the auction item will go directly to the non-profit.

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. Any non-profit chosen for the Hawaii celebration must have a 501c3 status with the Internal Revenue Service or be a youth boating program.


West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has 319 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 70,000 products. 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).