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West Marine set to start new fundraising drive

West Marine said it will start its annual Month of Giving to support its non-profit BlueFuture Fund on Dec. 1.

West Marine said it will start its annual Month of Giving to support its non-profit BlueFuture Fund on Dec. 1.

Customers will be able to make donations to BlueFuture online at westmarine.com and at checkout in West Marine’s more than 250 stores across North America during the four-week fundraiser.

The retailer said all proceeds from the Month of Giving will benefit BlueFuture and its grants program, which distributes tens of thousands of dollars annually to dozens of nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to waterlife adventure, education and stewardship.

“We’re hoping that this year’s Month of Giving will allow us to expand our grants program in 2017,” West Marine director of communications Lindsey Johnson said.

“We’re receiving increasing numbers of grant applications in each grant cycle; our fall grant period drew more than 100 applications from coast to coast. We’re determined to broaden our reach so we can include even more organizations and provide even more children with access to the water in both educational and recreational capacities.”

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