West Marine Press Release


Over $7,500 Raised for Local Charities at West Marine’s Virginia Beach Grand Opening - Recipients Included Wish-a-Fish Foundation, BoatU.S. Foundation, Great Bridge Fisherman’s Association, Norfolk Anglers, Portsmouth Anglers, Virginia Beach Anglers Club and Catchin’ for Kids.

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Watsonville, CA (September 23, 2013)

West Marine, (Nasdaq:WMAR) the country’s largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, announced $7,530 was raised for local charities during Cruising for a Cause charity celebration at its new flagship location in Virginia Beach. The event kicked off a four-day grand opening at the store, located in the Loehmann’s Plaza shopping center at 4000 Virginia Beach Blvd.

Donations from the event benefited several fishing and boating charities including: Wish-a-Fish Foundation, BoatU.S. Foundation, Great Bridge Fisherman’s Association, Norfolk Anglers, Portsmouth Anglers, Virginia Beach Anglers Club and Catchin’ for Kids. A live auction was held on site, and all of the proceeds, including 100% of ticket sales, benefited the non-profits.

Al Bunnell, president of Wish-A-Fish Foundation, which provides a day of relief to families challenged with raising special needs children, said “Cruising for a Cause” was his group’s best fundraiser all year. “We’re thrilled to be involved with West Marine and the grand opening,” Bunnell said. “The money we raised will let us expand our footprint and help more families here in Hampton Roads.”

“Cruising for a Cause was an all-around success as we raised thousands for worthwhile organizations. We thank the community for their support,” said store manager Annette Renfro.

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..