Newport show makes hurricane relief donations

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Organizations such as the St. Croix Foundation raised funds for hurricane relief at the Newport International Boat Show.

Organizations such as the St. Croix Foundation raised funds for hurricane relief at the Newport International Boat Show.

The Newport International Boat Show said it has committed $15,000 to organizations assisting people in the Caribbean Islands who were harmed by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

During the show exhibitors and sponsors did their part to help. Cay Electronics raised funds to purchase power packs for recharging phones and power tools. Others, such as Dockwa, the St. Croix Foundation and Hanse Yachts, were fundraising to support rebuilding initiatives.

The Bitter End Yacht Club, which was heavily damaged in the storm and is Virgin Gorda’s largest employer, set up a fund to get resources to the island. To date the Virgin Gorda and Bitter End Yacht Club Staff Irma Relief Fund has raised $329,961.

“Our industry is like a tight-knit family; when a disaster like this impacts so many lives, it affects us all. We are collaborating with on-the-ground organizations that are delivering much-needed services, goods and supplies for use throughout the USVI, British Virgin Islands and sister islands,” said show director Nancy Piffard in a statement.

The best way to support the relief efforts is to make a donation, no matter how small, to one of the many funds set up to support those in need, Pfiffard said.

Sailors Helping was at the show to help visitors understand which organizations are authentic in their mission.

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