'NavAid' Raises Money and Awareness for South Florida Hurricane Victims

'NavAid' Raises Money and Awareness for South Florida Hurricane Victims

01 March 2006Category:NavAidAmerican Red CrossFloridaHurrican VictimsMiami International Boat Show

Navionics Live Music Event Co-Sponsored by the American Red Cross Rocks 26th Miami International Boat Show

Wareham, Mass. and Miami Beach, FL – Navionics, the leader in electronic charting and navigation data, announced today that its charity concert for hurricane Wilma relief, NAVAID, raised $7,000 for the Broward County Chapter of the American Red Cross. The live music event, conceived and organized by Navionics, took place at the 2006 Miami International Boat Show during the company’s opening day reception. Participating talent and money for the event was donated by Navionics and its chartplotter partners: Furuno, Humminbird, Lowrance, Northstar and Raymarine. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised by Navionics, participating companies, as well as guests of the event were donated to hurricane Wilma relief.

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“The NAVAID event was not only enjoyable, but also raised relief awareness within the marine industry,” said Valerie Mercado of the Broward County Chapter of the American Red Cross. “The American Red Cross greatly appreciates the generous contributions made by all of the performers, companies and guests.”

The NAVAID band, consisting of Navionics employees Bruce Angus, Bill Eastwood, Aaron Pape and James Vierra, played for over two hours, mixing new hits with old favorites. Bob Callaway of Lowrance, John Tagliaferro of Raymarine, Darrell Watt of Humminbird, Eric Kunz and Matt Wood of Furuno, and Tom Milanette of Northstar, made cameo guest performances with the band throughout the evening. “The NAVAID band performers are amateurs, and our plotter manufacturer friends showed a lot of pluck to get up and perform ‘cold’ with the band,” said Bruce Angus, NAVAID guitarist and director of OEM sales, Navionics. “Donating money is easy, but risking humiliation in front of your peers, is priceless! We are grateful to our partners for their generous and enthusiastic support, and for the many donations received from the audience during NAVAID. Most importantly, we are glad to be able to do our part to help those in need!”

Six months after the devastation of Hurricane Wilma, hard times continue for its victims. At the time of NAVAID, the American Red Cross Broward County Chapter provided 572,000 meals, distributed 3,700 personal care kits, counseled 21,000 individuals and opened 5,900 cases. Today the Red Cross continues to provide housing for 46 families whose homes and lives were devastated as a result of a direct hit from the storm.

To further contribute to the NAVAID fund and receive a free NAVAID t-shirt, please contact Navionics for a direct contact with the American Red Cross.