NavAid2 Rocks for the American Cancer Society and the Ian McWilliam Saints Fund22 February 2007Category:NavAid2American Cancer SocietyIan McWilliam Saints FundMiami International Boat ShowCharity
President of Navionics Croons at the 27th Miami International Boat Show
Wareham, Mass. and Miami Beach, FL – Navionics, the leader in electronic charting, announced today that NAVAID 2, its charity concert held on opening night of the Miami Boat Show, raised $8,200. Proceeds from the event will be given to the American Cancer Society, and the Ian McWilliam Saints Fund - a private fund established to benefit the family of a well-known marine industry colleague who recently lost his courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
“The success of our original 2006 NAVAID benefit, which, with support from our industry partners, raised money for the victims of Hurricane Wilma through the American Red Cross, motivated us to hold the event once again for another good cause,” said Bruce Angus, NAVAID guitarist and director of OEM Sales, Navionics. “We were delighted by the generous support and participation in this year’s event from our co-sponsors, Raymarine, Northstar, Furuno, Fugawi, FW Murphy, Lowrance and Humminbird, all of which helped make NAVAID 2 another big success.”
Through NAVAID 2, Navionics provided two beneficiaries, allowing co-sponsors and guests to support either cancer research through the American Cancer Society, and/or provide direct assistance to ease the hardship on the family of industry friend Ian McWilliam. The results of the event demonstrated the presence of a strong community spirit within the marine electronics industry when there is a need to support a good cause.
In addition to the contributions from the NAVAID 2 co-sponsors, guests at the event generously donated to both funds while enjoying food and drink and some home-grown rock and roll.
The NAVAID band consists of Navionics employees Bruce Angus, Bill Eastwood and Aaron Pape, together with Andy Mora on bass. Guests were also treated to several cameo performances which included some exciting guitar solos from John Storer of Raymarine, rocking vocals from Eric Kunz and Matt Wood of Furuno, and a sassy song and dance duet with Aaron Pape and Jinger McPeak of FW Murphy.
Highlighting the evening, President of Navionics, Giuseppe Carnevali and fellow colleague Marcello Albanese, took the stage for an impromptu duet of the Italian classic “Volare.”
“All and all, NAVAID 2 was a hit,” added Angus. “Everyone has a great time participating in the music and dancing, and we greatly appreciate all of the donations that were made to the American Cancer Society and the Ian McWilliam Saints Fund.”
Navionics is based in Viareggio, Italy, and operates sales and manufacturing facilities in seven countries ¬conducting research & development, operations, production, sales & marketing and distribution. Navionics headquarters in Viareggio, Italy serves Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania, and manages the R&D and production facilities globally. Navionics US headquarters, based in Wareham, Massachusetts, oversees the Americas. Navionics offices in Australia, France the UK and the Benelux provide sales and distribution to their local regions. For over 22 years, Navionics has developed and manufactured electronic navigation charts and systems for marine, inland lakes & rivers and outdoors use.