Marine Industry Cares Foundation 5th Annual Spin-A-Thon Raises $150,000 to Help Two Children and Family Charities in South Florida

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MICF 5th Annual Spin-A-Thon presented by Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation, held on April 19th in Fort Lauderdale, raised over $150,000 to help Kids In Distress and Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center, two deserving local children and family charities.

“We can’t say a big enough thank you to everyone who helped make the 5th Annual Spin-A-Thon such a success,” said Mole Telfer, Marine Industry Cares Foundation Chairman.

More than 600 participants along with more than 300 - 400 attendees throughout the day came out to support the April 19th Marine Industry Cares Foundation 5th Annual Spin-A-Thon presented by the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation, which raised over $150,000 to benefit Kids In Distress and Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center.

For six hours the wheels never stopped turning. It was a high energy, fun-filled, festive affair from start to finish, which went well into the evening for the Event After-Party. “We can’t say a big enough thank you to everyone who helped make the 5th Annual Spin-A-Thon such a success,” said Mole Telfer, Marine Industry Cares Foundation Chairman. “To bring together such diverse cross sections of the marine community, large and small local businesses, government and community groups to raise awareness about the needs of children and families in our community and money for Kids In Distress and Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center is an accomplishment that we are extremely proud of,” he added.

Several local elected officials were on hand to help kick-off the event and participate in the spinning including City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs and Dania Beach Mayor Walter Duke. Mayor Seiler in his remarks said, “I love the Spin-A-Thon and when you can combine exercise and do something like this to bring everyone together to support two great organizations like CDTC and Kids In Distress, it makes for a great day in the City of Fort Lauderdale.”

MICF Chairman Mole Telfer recognized several people and companies that played an integral role in the event’s success after the countdown to the 7pm finish and air horns were blown. He acknowledged the support of presenting sponsor Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation and all the other major sponsors, in-kind sponsors and donors, in addition to MICF community partners Winterfest Boat Parade and Riverwalk Trust. Special recognition was given to the contributions of several key volunteers including Event Chair Mark Bononi, Melissa Gribas and Peter Hult of MHG Insurance Brokers, Sabrina Farmer and Beverly Grant of IMA Yachts, Paul Kahn, a Winterfest Board Member, Darla Skaf of Fairport Yacht Support and the management and staff of National Marine Suppliers.

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 find us on Facebook at facebook.com/MarineIndustryCares.

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