Ongoing support of the Palm Beach International Boat Show allows the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County to give back to the community each year by funding local marine-related events and nonprofits making a difference to protect and promote the marine industry in Palm Beach County and beyond. Due to the increasing success of the Boat Show, the MIAPBC is proud to increase its community support funding to local charitable and service organizations by 50 percent in 2018. Last year, the MIAPBC was proud to support 40 organizations with donations totaling more than $250,000. Here are just some of those organizations making a positive impact in our community and to our marine environment:
Andrew "Red" Harris Foundation
Annual Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade and Toys for Tots Drive
The parade will begin the first Saturday of December at 6:00 p.m. near North Palm Beach Marina and travel north, up the Intracoastal Waterway to the Jupiter Lighthouse led by a traveling fireworks display. Thousands of spectators will line our waterways to ring in the holidays in true Palm Beach County tradition and we invite you to join us in celebrating the spirit of the season. The Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade benefits Toys for Tots. Last year, we generated 11,000 toys for kids in Palm Beach County! Help us keep the tradition alive by entering your boat in the parade for free, becoming a sponsor, and donating toys.
The Castaways Sailing Club Annual Castaways Cup
A two-day point-to-point regatta dedicated to fellowship, fun, and friendly racing! When the St. Lucie Inlet is deemed safe after emergency dredging is completed, it is our intention to resume our traditional Castaway Cup Weekend at the Hutchinson Island Marriott.
Fishing for Families in Need
Florida Fishing Academy
Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful
KIDS FISHING DAY
LOGGERHEAD MARINE LIFE CENTER
North Palm Beach Rowing Club
Palm Beach County Fishing Foundation
PALM BEACH COUNTY KDW CLASSIC
PALM BEACH PADDLEFEST
Palm Beach Paddlefest, produced by the MIAPBC, is a free, family-friendly event featuring a variety of exhibits, vendors, races/relays, water-based demos, and live entertainment. The festival caters to both new and experienced paddlers, and everyone with a love of the water! Paddle races include both one and five mile courses. Other events will include a pet paddle and family paddle. Attendees can sign up for guided kayak tours through Visit Palm Beach, or participate in several demonstrations throughout the day like paddleboard yoga. For more information, visit palmbeachpaddlefest.com.
Snook & Gamefish Foundation
Youth Sailing Foundation of the Palm Beaches