The biggest West Marine Store in Maryland, located at 8640 Pulaski Hwy in Middle River, will host a Community Day 9 am – 7 pm on Saturday, December 7, 2013 to benefit Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities. Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities is an all volunteer non-profit organization, dedicated to providing high-caliber, hands-on Chesapeake Bay watershed-focused education, leadership and community outreach programs for youth ages 8 -18. Over 20,000 local children have participated in their stewardship and youth leadership programs.
In the spirit of the holiday season, West Marine’s Middle River store, located at 8640 Pulaski Hwy in the Golden Ring Mall Shopping Center, will donate 5% of their sales on Saturday, December 7 to Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities. In addition, a Knotty Kids Gift Making Workshop will take place from 9:00am – 12 noon, where kids can have fun making nautical gifts for the holidays. A parent must accompany each child. Supplies are limited.
“Wow! West Marine’s Middle River store is offering a generous gift and tremendous opportunity for local kids. We are honored to be chosen as West Marine Middle River’s Community Day benefitting organization,” says Penelope Soteria, Executive Director, “When Joan Macri from our Advisory Board shared the great news and I broadcasted it to the families of our past youth program beneficiaries, overwhelming immense heartfelt gratitude shined through amongst the community for this generous holiday season gift. West Marine’s support will go a long way towards helping us benefit even more local youth in 2014. We hope many people will join us at West Marine’s Middle River store on December 7th.”
Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities’ programs have been recognized with 179 national, state, and local awards. The 11 year old organization operates on an annual budget of $25,000, the majority being in-kind donations of educational resources that youth participants use and meals consumed during programs. Programs are offered at no cost to youth participants thanks to the help of many dedicated and talented local volunteers, working in collaboration with other community organizations such as the Middle River Recreation and Parks Council.
“This gift from West Marine’s Middle River store location is fantastic! Thanks for helping the children think about their futures and get excited about the Bay,” says Marita Andrews, mother of two October 2013 program participants, “Chesapeake Bay Memories covered so much ground with these children they hadn’t been exposed to before. Thanks for this one-of-a-kind opportunity that more children should have.”
While you enjoy West Marine Middle River store’s Community Day festivities, be sure to stop by the Chesapeake Bay Memories Charities table to get better acquainted and learn how the organization collaborates and creates opportunities to educate and inspire local kids. Hats and fine embroidered polo shirts will be available for purchase. They make great holiday gifts and they can be worn with pride knowing that 100% of proceeds from this apparel go to benefit the organization’s youth programs.