West Marine Press Release

“Cruising For a Cause” to Benefit Local and National Nonprofits Involved in Boating and Fishing - September 12 Event at New West Marine Flagship Store in Virginia Beach To Commence at 6 p.m. with Ribbon Cutting by Mayor Will Sessoms.

Media Contacts:

Danny Rubin
Rubin Communications Group

Watsonville, CA (September 03, 2013)

One hundred forty children with special needs and their families will depart the Hampton Sunset Creek Boatel on September 7, 2013 for a day of fishing, thanks to the Wish-A-Fish Foundation.

Five days later on September 12 from 6-9 p.m., all Hampton Roads residents will be able to support the continuing efforts of Wish-a-Fish and several other local and national nonprofits involved in fishing and boating by attending Cruising for a Cause at the new West Marine flagship store at Loehmann’s Plaza in Virginia Beach.

All proceeds from the sale of $10 admission tickets will be donated to Wish-a-Fish Foundation, BoatU.S. Foundation, Great Bridge Fisherman’s Association, Norfolk Anglers, Portsmouth Anglers, Virginia Beach Anglers Club and Catchin’ for Kids, which sponsors an annual rockfish tournament each December that raises money to buy presents for underprivileged children at Christmas. Tickets will be available at the door or can be purchased in advance from one of the nonprofits.

“Cruising for a Cause” will begin at 6 p.m. with a ribbon cutting with Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms.  Guests will enjoy food from Reginella’s Restaurant, also located at Loehmann’s Plaza, and entertainment by popular singer/guitarist Lewis McGehee.

Attendees can also meet nonprofit representatives, bid on auction items to benefit the charities and tour the expansive new store, which features a wide selection of advanced marine electronics, inflatable boats, watersports equipment, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, safety gear and more. The new “Bait Shack” boasts a broad selection of saltwater fishing equipment for near- and offshore angling. A fantastic selection of casual and technical apparel, foul weather gear, footwear and accessories will be on deck for the Hampton Roads lifestyle.

About West Marine

West Marine, Inc. is the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, with nearly 300 company-operated stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and five franchised stores located in Turkey. Founded in 1968 by a sailor, West Marine has grown to become a leading omni-channel retailer for boats and boaters – from power cruisers and sailors to anglers and paddle sports enthusiasts. West Marine also offers gear, apparel and footwear for anyone who enjoys recreational time on or around the water. The company's 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, Inc. its products and store locations, visit westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464). West Marine's stock is traded on NASDAQ under the symbol WMAR..