Marine charity holds annual South Florida fundraiser

The seventh annual Spin-A-Thon produced by the Marine Industry Cares Foundation raised $100,000 for South Florida children and families in need.
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The seventh annual Spin-A-Thon produced by the Marine Industry Cares Foundation raised $100,000 for South Florida children and families in need.

The event at Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale raised money for programs such as its Summer Camp Contest, as well as for its charity partners Kids in Distress of Broward and Palm Beach counties and the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center.

“I’m always amazed, but never surprised at the marine industry’s and local community’s support for MICF, the Spin-A-Thon and for the children and families KID, CDTC and MICF aim to help,” foundation chairman David Reed said in a statement.

“Everyone who played a part in this event raising $100,000 this year should be really pleased to know that it will be used to support needed early childhood education initiatives, provide funding for a kids’ dental clinic and to help establish maritime-themed summer programs for kids,” he said.

The Spin-A-Thon is a spinning bike challenge event in which teams commit to riding their bikes for six hours; they raise money through personal and corporate donations and online fundraising. More than 400 participants registered to take their turn in the saddle.

Since its inception, the Spin-A-Thon has raised $750,000 to support underserved and sick children in South Florida.

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