MarineMax yacht hop benefits Special Olympics

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MarineMax donated multiple yachts for an inaugural “Yacht Hop” event that benefitted Special Olympics Florida.

The Special Olympics Florida Yacht Hop took place on May 1 at Sailfish Marina Resort in Palm Beach, Fla.

The sunset event included food from Chef de Cuisine of the Sailfish Marina Resort, signature cocktails and music.

Guest mixologist and author, Mark Addison, was in attendance, handcrafting cocktails and entertaining guests. His work is observed worldwide. His book, “Cocktail Chameleon,” was the winner of the 2017 “Best Cocktail Book in the US,” the 2018 "Top 10 Cocktail Books" by Tales of the Cocktails' "Spirited Awards,” and part of the 2018 J.P. Morgan Summer Reading List.

“We partnered with Jaqueline Draizin, Resource Development at with Special Olympics, to showcase a Galeon 420 FLY, a Galeon 485 HTS, and a Scout 420 LXF at the SOFL first annual Yacht Hop fundraising event,” said MarineMax general manager Kyle Roney in a statement.

“It was a spectacular event for a great cause,” Roney said. “We hope to be invited to participate again next year and hopefully help them grow this. I must give a special thanks to the Special Olympics volunteers, who helped people walk around to sit on the flybridge and take pictures. Also, special thank you to MarineMax team members, Tiffini, Jordan, Scott and Tim. They were on the boats assisting and interacting with everyone as well.”