West Marine Execs Seed New Community Fund

beachIMG_4081WATSONVILLE—A new environmental fund to benefit youth boating, marine conservation and healthy fish stocks has been created by water life outfitter West Marine, the company announced Thursday. 

The West Marine BlueFuture Fund, set up through Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, was launched by donations from the company’s senior team and board of directors, including founder Randy Repass and CEO Matt Hyde.

The company also promised to add 5 percent of its sales on World Oceans Day (June 8), up to $70,000.

“Part of West Marine’s mission is that we ‘work to conserve marine resources, reduce our impact on the environment and promote boating,’” Hyde said in a press release. “The creation of the BlueFuture Fund aligns with that mission.”

Employees, vendors and customers may recommend nonprofit organizations deserving of grants.

The company has donated close to $5.2 million to nonprofit organizations, launched a green line of boat maintenance products and promised to reduce its carbon footprint.

Tax-deductible donations may be made at the Community Foundation website.

Published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel


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