CLEARWATER, Fla., Nov. 24, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Contact: Mark Kellum
727-531-1700 Ext. 10166
MarineMax announced today that they are contributing $5,000 to the Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to the families of service men and women adversely affected by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Folds of Honor was founded by Major Dan Rooney, an F-16 fighter pilot and Iraq war veteran. After witnessing a family's grief as they met the casket of their fallen hero, Corporal Brock Bucklin, Major Rooney was determined to make a difference. He could not change the fate of the fallen solider, however he could make a difference in the future for grieving families.
Through fund raisers and special events throughout the year, the Folds of Honor Foundation raises funds to provide annual educational scholarships to military families of those who have been killed or disabled while in active duty. These scholarships help support private education tuition, tutoring and educational summer camps for children K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for spouses and children. Since its founding in 2007, the organization has awarded over 8,000 scholarships, including over 2,000 in 2014 alone.
MarineMax is a participating partner in the Folds of Honor Patriot Boating Days. Beginning on July 4th and for the entire month, MarineMax stores and marinas will ask their friends and customers to donate to the Folds of Honor Foundation.
"As boaters we are united by water. As Americans we are united by our shared freedoms," offered Bill McGill, MarineMax President and CEO. "We have a duty to acknowledge and honor the sacrifices of those who fight for those freedoms. The Folds of Honor Foundation pays tribute to these fallen heroes by providing for the futures of the wives, husbands and children that they leave behind. We made this donation in appreciation and gratitude for those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms."
Headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, MarineMax is the nation's largest recreational boat and yacht retailer. Focused on premium brands, such as Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Meridian, Azimut Yachts, Scout, Sailfish, Hatteras, Grady-White, Cabo, Harris FloteBote, Crest, Nautique, Scarab Jet Boats, and Aquila, MarineMax sells new and used recreational boats and related marine products and services as well as provides yacht brokerage and charter services. MarineMax currently has 54 retail locations in Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Texas and operates MarineMax Vacations in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. MarineMax is a New York Stock Exchange-listed company. For more information, please visit www.marinemax.com
CONTACT: Mark Kellum 727-531-1700 ext. 10166
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