Cobalt Boats and its platform boat brand Marker One gave donations to the American Heart Association and Folds of Honor after a dealer meeting last fall at Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo.
Dealers, vendors and associates came together to participate in the annual Fun Run/Walk during the weeklong training session. The gathering was originated by George Muffick, Northeast regional sales manager of Cobalt Boats and Marker One.
Muffick won a battle against cancer in 2008 and wanted to rally the Fun Run/Walk and donate the proceeds to a charitable cause.
“Now in its seventh year, the Fun Run/Walk is an event we all look forward to at the dealer meeting. It’s a time to put down the books and get outside and raise money for a great cause,” Muffick said in a statement.
Participants at the dealer meeting also came together for a silent auction. Dealers bid on their favorite teams in an effort to choose the winners of the run.
The auction also featured a commemorative etched bottle of Cobalt wine, showcasing the American flag, from Sherwin Family Vineyards. The hand-etched, painted bottle was adorned with the words “In God We Trust” and “United We Stand.” The back of the bottle also says it was created “in remembrance of those lost on September 11, 2001.”
Mike Tutor, from the Marine Sales of Pickwick dealership in Counce, Tenn., won the commemorative bottle with a bid of $9,110.
Cobalt said a check for $15,360 soon will be sent to the American Heart Association. Cobalt dealer German Brothers donated $750 to the Folds of Honor program.
“We are especially thankful for our very generous group of dealers, and we are pleased to report that the winners have all donated their ‘winnings’ back as donations,” sales and marketing vice president Gavan Hunt said. “We are also looking forward to donating to the Folds of Honor program this year through our flagpole initiative. As of Jan. 1, 2015, for each flagpole sold, we will donate the proceeds to this wonderful organization in honor of those who have fought for our country.”