Marine Industry Cares Foundation Announces BB&T as a Sponsor of 5th Annual Spin-A-Thon

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BB&T joins as a sponsor of one Fort Lauderdale's most unique fundraising events, the MICF 5th Annual Spin-A-Thon presented by Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation taking place on April 19th.

“With a strong commitment to the community, BB&T is proud to be a Spokes Sponsor of The Marine Industry Cares Foundation 5th Annual Spin-A-Thon,” Lacey Brisson, Commercial Sales and Marketing Officer of BB&T said.

The Marine Industry Cares Foundation (MICF) is pleased to announce, BB&T, the official bank of Winterfest has partnered up to sponsor one of the lead bikes in this year’s Spin-A-Thon. The BB&T and Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade Bike (BB&T / Winterfest Parade Peddlers) will host Mayor Jack Seiler who is kicking off the event. BB&T is proud to support the community as a major sponsor of the 5th Annual Spin-A-Thon presented by Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation on Friday, April 19, 2013. This is the third year the event has been sanctioned by Winterfest.

BB&T, a neighborhood bank established in 1872, is dedicated to helping its customers achieve financial goals through top notch expertise and high quality service. As a long time South Florida business BB&T takes pride in aiding their clients overall success in their unwavering dedication to the community. “With a strong commitment to the community, BB&T is proud to be a Spokes Sponsor of The Marine Industry Cares Foundation 5th Annual Spin-A-Thon,” Lacey Brisson, Commercial Sales and Marketing Officer of BB&T said. “The Spin-A-Thon weaves together the community for an incredibly worthy cause. As a sponsor we look forward to helping with the fundraising and are excited to be part of the event.”

“The Spin-a-Thon is one of the most unique fundraising events as it brings together Fort Lauderdale’s marine community with local downtown businesses, the government and other organizations to ensure a maximized, sustained impact in our community. BB&T’s company philosophy and values hold true to our own. It’s an honor to have their incredible support. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children,” added Mole Telfer, Chairman of the Marine Industry Cares Foundation.

The Spin-A-Thon is a fundraising benefit sponsored by the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation, National Marine Suppliers, HCC Medical Insurance Services, and BB&T for the Foundation’s 2013 charitable beneficiaries, Kids In Distress (KID) and Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center (CDTC). Both organizations are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of local children and families who need their services. The six hour spinning bike event, followed by an after party will take place in the heart of the South Florida marine community, along the New River on Friday, April 19th, 2013 from 1p.m. to 7p.m. at Esplanade Park (400 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301).

About MICF
The Marine Industry Cares Foundation is a local maritime industry non-profit organization that brings the marine and local communities together by raising money and awareness for local charities supporting children and families. For more information, please visit http://www.MarineIndustryCares.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/MarineIndustryCares; @MarineIndCares.

About BB&T
BB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $178.5 billion in assets and market capitalization of $21.6 billion, as of June 30, 2012. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., the company operates approximately 1,800 financial centers in 12 states and Washington, D.C., and offers a full range of consumer and commercial banking, securities brokerage, asset management, mortgage and insurance products and services. A Fortune 500 company, BB&T is consistently recognized for outstanding client satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Greenwich Associates and others. BB&T's banking subsidiaries are organized as a group of community banks, each with a regional president, which allows decisions to be made locally, close to the client. This also makes BB&T's client service more responsive, reliable and empathetic. More information about BB&T and its full line of products and services is available at http://www.BBT.com.

About Winterfest, Inc.
Winterfest is a Florida not-for-profit organization based in Broward County that produces a variety of events including the free public event known as "The World’s Most Watched Boat Parade." Millions via television and approximately one million spectators view the Parade on the 12-mile route. Winterfest also hosts annual events to enhance the community’s image and provide unique, wholesome family entertainment. For more information on Winterfest, please contact the office at (954) 767-0686 or visit their website: http://www.winterfestparade.com.

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