Industry raises $250,000 for hurricane relief at Annapolis shows

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In an effort to support the maritime industry hardest hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Annapolis Boat Shows partnered with Pusser's Caribbean Grille and Annapolis Waterfront Hotel to host a campaign during the fall Sail and Power Boat shows that raised more than $250,000 in hurricane relief.

On the first day of the United States Sailboat Show, a gala drew more than 350 donors and kicked off a two-week industry fundraising effort.

"We are truly pleased to be a part of this wonderful expression of concern and caring from the boating industry for the devastated people of the BVIs and Puerto Rico,” Pusser’s Caribbean Grille CEO Clyde Culp III said in a statement.

“Thanks to the boat show professionals for pulling this wonderful party together on such short notice. Our staff was happy to donate their time and efforts to ensure what was a very successful event," Culp said.

Organizers said that because of the support of more than two dozen Annapolis Boat Shows exhibitors, like-minded Annapolis businesses and hundreds of boaters, the "Hands Across the Transom Hurricane Relief" and related in-show fundraising beat all expectations.

"We are excited by the great generosity of the boating community and, especially, our exhibitors and attendees at this year's boat shows. We are pleased to have surpassed our original goal of $150,000, raising more than $250,000 from various campaigns included under the ‘Hands Across the Transom’ umbrella," said Paul Jacobs, president and general manager of the Annapolis Boat Shows. "Needless to say we were thrilled with the way our exhibitors and consumers stepped up to help out, and we had a great time at the donor appreciation party, to boot."

Of special mention is Jeanneau America, which pledged to make a contribution for each new boat sold and raised $36,000 for hurricane relief. Scattered throughout the shows and in Pusser's were a number of "Soggy Dollar" cash donation boxes. More than $3,500 was raised in this effort.

Contributions and sponsors are listed below.

SIGNATURE: $5,000 or more

Annapolis Boat Shows
Jeanneau America
Pusser's Caribbean Grille
Annapolis Yacht Sales
Bitter End Yacht Club
Sunsail/The Moorings
Annapolis Waterfront Hotel

GOLD: $2,500 to $4,999

Yumkas, Vidmar, Sweeney and Mulrenin LLC
1 North Wealth Services
SpinSheet Publishing Co.
Paul and Nancy Jacobs

SILVER: $1,000 to $2,499

Raritan Engineering
Patrick Sweeney
Chesapeake Bay Magazine
Breakthru Beverage
Scott Ricker
Snag-A-Slip
Stuart Jameison
CYC Yachts
Weems and Plath
Sheila and David Jones
Applied Lighting
Mid-Atlantic Mariners Club
Liquified Creative
Fleet Reserve Club of Annapolis

BRONZE: $500 to $999

Puerto Rico Statehood Council
Helly Hansen
Montauk Tackle
Ronstan
Tucker Thompson
Chesapeake and Potomac AV
Ani Gonzalez-Brunet
Swans Yacht Sales
Buck Beer Distributors
Sail America

IN-KIND DONATIONS

Margo Cook of 1 North Wealth Services
Craig Ligibel
Katie Grey
Hendricks Gin
Tullamore Dew Whiskey
19 Crimes Wines
Tito's Vodka
Patron Tequila
BV Coastal Wines
Cruising World Magazine
Flying Fish Printworks

The participating hurricane relief organizations are Virgin Unite, Puerto Rico Strong, Pusser's Disaster Relief, Bitter End Yacht Club Relief, Sister Season Fund, TMM Staff Assistance, American Sailing Association, BVI Recovery and Sunsail/Moorings Relief.

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