Dave Briggs, owner of Minnesota marine dealership Wayzata Marine, is preparing for his first marathon, which will take place in Chicago this fall, and he is dedicating his efforts to the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas’ Educational Foundation — challenging his friends and colleagues in the boating business to support him through donations.
The foundation provides financial support for training and professional development in the recreational boating business.
Briggs has a personal connection to the foundation: The Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year, was created in honor of his mother.
“My mom was an incredible woman who was admired by many for her tireless dedication to the marine industry,” Briggs said in a statement. “In recognition of my mom and all the dedicated women who serve this industry, and in support of marine dealer training and education, I’d like to challenge you to support this cause and follow my journey.”
Briggs has personally pledged $500 to the foundation. Spader 20 Group 104 — of which he is a member — has committed to donations totaling $4,110. His goal is to raise more than $30,000.
Briggs will feature the logo of the company or group represented by the person who donates the most to the foundation between now and Oct. 9 on his shirt, both during the Chicago Marathon and on stage during the awards breakfast at the Dec. 5-8 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla.