Marine businesses aid Hurricane Michael victims

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Employees at Nashville, Ga.-based Chaparral and Robalo Boats collected supplies and monetary donations for people in Panama Beach, Fla., who were affected by Hurricane Michael.

“It is heartbreaking to see the destruction caused by Hurricane Michael across the Florida Panhandle, and our thoughts and prayers are with all of those impacted,” the company said in a statement.

Some donation recipients commented on social media to show their appreciation, and others signed a poster. “You all have been a huge blessing to this community,” wrote Kate Maglio on the poster. “You have caused tears of joy and relief to so many people here.”

OneWater Marine partnered with the National Christian Federation and Destiny Worship Center to create a relief fund, with 100 percent of the money going directly to those affected by the storm.

“Fortunately, in large part due to our team’s preparation efforts, along with some good luck, our dealerships only suffered moderate damage,” Evan Davis, who heads up marketing for OneWater, told Trade Only Today. “Unfortunately, many of our team members and customers were more severely affected.”

OneWater invites team members, customers, vendors, suppliers and manufacturers to partner with company in the relief and rebuilding efforts. It’s offering three ways to help: monetary donations, supplies or by partnering with the company to help spread the word about its efforts.

“We, together as a group of regional businesses and civic organizations, have partnered with Destiny Worship Center in Destin to get funds and resources directly to those who have been impacted most by Hurricane Michael,” said OneWater on the website.

OneWater Marine owns and operates eight dealerships in the Florida Panhandle.

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