Last Friday, the marine industry came together in downtown Fort Lauderdale and geared up for a great cause. The third annual Spin-A-Thon to benefit Kids in Distress (KID), a South Florida agency that helps abused and neglected children, was a rousing success. The Spin-A-Thon was hosted by the Marine Industry Cares Foundation, which was created by a group of industry leaders committed to bringing the marine and local communities together to raise money and awareness for local charities.
For six hours, more than 400 people took a turn cycling on stationary bikes for KID. The event raised over $100,000 and counting for the charity. It was a fun way for the maritime industry to come ashore and make a difference in the lives of local children and families.
The day began when City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler and former Dolphins player Keith Sims kicked off the event by cycling first at 1pm. Once commenced, each participating marine business had a team bike and a group of enthusiastic cyclists that kept the wheels turning until the spinning event’s end at 7pm. But, the festivities lasted well into the night at a “Thank-you” party for participants and guests.
This year’s Spin-a-thon was sanctioned by Winterfest and was a Fort Lauderdale centennial event. The organizers hope to continue raising support for local charities through exciting, fun events like the Spin-a-thon, which promotes a sense of camaraderie and unity among the marine industry. The ultimate goal is for other shipping industries in cities around the world to adopt the model and implement similar events in their own area.
Atlantic Yacht and Ship is a yacht broker in Fort Lauderdale and has served the South Florida community for over 50 years. Events like the Spin-A-Thon are a great way to showcase the maritime industry. If you are looking for a yacht for sale in Fort Lauderdale, the professionals at Atlantic Yacht and Ship will help you find the vessel you’re looking for, so check out our yacht listings today!