MRAA Foundation Challenge continues through Saturday

The retail marine industry has responded to a special fundraising challenge issued this summer by Dave Briggs.

Colleagues and companies from throughout the retail marine industry have responded to a special fundraising challenge issued this summer by Dave Briggs, owner of Wayzata Marine.

Briggs, who will run in the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, has dedicated his training efforts to supporting the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas’ Educational Foundation.

“There are a lot of people in the boating business who believe in training and education as a path to industry improvement and growth, but to have so many put their money where their mouth is has motivated me during my training, and perhaps more importantly strengthened my faith in our industry’s future,” Briggs said in a statement.

Regular updates on Dave’s training and progress have been posted throughout the summer on his Instagram page — DaveInRea1Life.

Pledges in support of the MRAA Foundation Challenge will be accepted through Saturday here.

Briggs has a personal connection to the foundation: The Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary, was created in honor of his mom. It’s one of several scholarships and awards the foundation distributes annually.

This year’s scholarships and award are expected to be worth more than $25,000 in training and education for people who work in the boating business.

Briggs will feature the logo of the company, group or individual that donates the most to the MRAA Educational Foundation by the end of the day on Saturday during the Chicago Marathon and on stage during the awards breakfast at the 2016 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo Dec. 5-8 in Orlando, Fla.

The highest single pledge thus far has been $5,000, contributing to a combined total of more than $20,000.

His fundraising goal — in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Darlene Briggs Award — is $30,000.

Below are many of the companies and individuals that have already publicly pledged their support for the MRAA Foundation Challenge.

  • Chaparral & Robalo Boats
  • Parker Cobalt 20 Group
  • Spader 20 Group 104
  • Volvo Penta
  • Chris-Craft Boats
  • Four Winns Boats
  • Dave Briggs, Wayzata Marine
  • Tom Johnson, Reed’s Marine
  • Don MacKenzie, Boats Inc.
  • Gavan Hunt, Chris-Craft
  • Joe Lewis, Mount Dora Boating Center
  • Paul Sexton, Norman Spencer
  • Nancy Smith, Colorado Boat Center
  • Matt Lodder, Lodder’s Marine
  • Butch Parks, Parks Marina
  • Jay Rasmusson, MarineMax
  • Ryan Good, Chaparral & Robalo Boats
  • David Parker, Parker Business Management
  • Rallee Chupich, Gordy’s Lakefront Marine
  • Rob Soucy, Port Harbor Marine


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