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MIASF raises money for scholarships, programs

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida raised more than $7,000 from its 13th annual Plywood Regatta, held April 25-26 at the Dania Beach City Marina.

Money raised goes toward the Plywood Regatta Scholarship Fund and marine industry education programs in South Florida.

Nearly 300 students on 36 teams of middle school, high school and marine technical school students battled the clock to build boats made of three sheets of plywood, tie wraps and 3M 5200 Fast-Cure marine caulk.

They then competed against each other for the Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club Trophy in a series of races in Whiskey Creek.

"What a great year for the MIASF Plywood Regatta," said Melanie Daily, MIASF public relations and events coordinator, in a statement. "Even in these tough economic times, so many companies showed their support both in supply donations and financial contributions that we were able to raise over $7,000 for the Plywood Regatta Scholarship Fund.

"This allowed us to award nine scholarships totaling over $5,000 instead of just one this year, which is a new record," she added.

The remaining money will help MIASF support South Florida marine industry education programs throughout the coming year.

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