PORTS OF CAUSE
In our attempts to cover our Green Dock mission to deliver information that concerns all aspects of how we can work towards the betterment of our watery environment, we would like to pass on information about Ports of Cause.
The organization is the result of the passion and dedication of interior yacht designer Joyce Clear, founder of the Clear Group, and devotee of all things nautical.
Her concerns run deep and she describes her organization as a social enterprise with a philanthropic mission to support non-profit organizations that are focused on the global water crisis and the protection and preservation of our oceans. “Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for social responsibility, marketing, education, awareness, action and fundraising for these critical issues of our time.”
Clear, along with many other supporters, kicked off Ports of Cause (POC) at this past Palm Beach Boat Show with a gala affair with lead sponsors Active Interest Media and Element Financial. POC plans to propel a series of newly refit luxury yachts into the global marketplace as ambassadors for non-profit organizations and corporate social responsibility.
POC will be working to heighten exposure, education, action and fundraising for multiple organizations including Plant A Fish, Waterkeeper Alliance, International Seakeepers Society, Thirst No More and Join the Pipe. POC-designated yachts will have fundraising events for these foundations in the future as well.
“It is POC’s goal to refit a vessel every year as well as create an exclusive POC membership club. All the vessels in the fleet will fly the POC flag as proud supporters of our water-based causes, a representation to the world that this industry cares and will affect change,” explains Clear. Ms. Clear and POC Co- Founders Shelley Furse, Eric Dahler and Peter Vogel share a passion with other leaders in the industry that the time has come to create a vehicle through which the world is educated about the positive philanthropic, economic, technological and design impact provided by the global yachting industry.
Joining the cause is the yacht Highlander. First built in 1967, she was owned by Forbes’ founder Malcolm Forbes and not only entertained kings, potentates, and celebs, but the movers and shakers who made the wheels of business and industry hum around the world. A fire took her to the waterline in 1980 but as you can clearly see, she has been lovingly restored to her classic Feadship lines. Highlander will be paired with Posh, a Hacker designed-Huskins-built vintage 1937 commuter yacht, as good will ambassadors at upcoming boat shows and other functions.
If you would like more information about Ports of Cause, please contact them at 43 Ravenwood Drive, Suite 10H, Weston, CT 06883. http://www.portsofcause.com
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