Michigan trade group donates to educational foundation

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The board of the Michigan Boating Industries Association voted to contribute $10,000 to the Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation and pledge an additional $10,000 as a matching grant.

“We are pleased to support RBIEF, as it is a true benefit to our members and addresses a critical industry need,” MBIA board chairman Tom Haag, vice president of Colony Marine in St. Clair Shores, said in a statement. “Our goal is to create awareness for the many jobs available in our industry and help fill the employee gap and to build marine education programs in Michigan.”

“We are proud of the support RBIEF has provided to so many people interested in our industry,” said Jim Coburn president of RBIEF and of Coburn & Associates in Macomb, Mich. “We hope this matching grant inspires stakeholders to donate what they’re able, knowing it will be matched by this MBIA grant.”

Since its inception, the fund has distributed $354,396 to students and MBIA members for standard college or continuing education efforts.

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