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METS seeks charities for design-award proceeds

The METS Exhibition Committee will select a charity from among the entries for the 25th anniversary edition of DAME.

Marine Equipment Trade Show organizer Amsterdam RAI is inviting certified marine-related public charities to apply for the registration proceeds from the Design Award METS competition this year.

The METS Exhibition Committee will select a charity from among the entries for the 25th anniversary edition of DAME. The donation will be announced and presented during the Breakfast Briefing on Nov. 17, the official opening day of METS 2015.

Organizers said the DAME Award is the most coveted annual industry reward for innovative leisure marine product design. To date it has raised about 18,000 euros, or about $19,800 a year, for worthy causes. The amount of the donation depends on the number of registered entries.

“There is no better platform to launch a new product and bring it to the attention of the entire marine industry and media than the DAME Award,” Amsterdam RAI maritime domain manager Irene Dros said in a statement.

“The winners and the nominees gain priceless publicity and, by supporting a charity with the registration proceeds, Amsterdam RAI ensures that the wider society benefits, too. In addition to the funds raised, we see that the chosen charity enjoys greater international recognition, thanks to its association with the DAME. This is a win-win situation for all concerned.”

Charities interested in applying will find the terms and an application form at www.metstrade.com/dame. All applications must be received by April 29 and will be assessed by the METS Exhibition Committee in May.

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