NMMA, MRAA Make Joint $10,000 Contribution to MTA of New Jersey Recovery & Relief Fund
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Posted by: Liz Walz
CHICAGO—January 10, 2013—The National Marine Manufacturers
Association (NMMA) and Marine Retailers
Association of the Americas (MRAA) today announced a joint donation of $10,000
to the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey (MTA/NJ)’s Recovery & Relief
Fund to provide aid to recreational marine businesses impacted by Hurricane
NMMA estimates that the
recreational boating industry creates $1.6 billion in annual economic impact in
New Jersey. Making up part of the robust
marine industry economic impact in New Jersey are approximately 1,140 marine
businesses throughout the state that generate an estimated $224 million in
labor income for employees. What’s more,
these businesses serve an estimated 160,000 registered boats in New Jersey.
industry's businesses put their faith in trade associations, investing in us so
that we can protect and serve them," says Matt Gruhn, president of the
MRAA. "While there are numerous ways MTA/NJ, MRAA and NMMA work to deliver
a return on investment for our members, the aftermath of events like Hurricane
Sandy represent one of our most important opportunities to serve this great
industry. By creating this Recovery & Relief Fund, MTA/NJ has given us a
way to extend a hand to those recreational marine companies who have been hard
hit by this natural disaster, and for that we are grateful."
"We hope our donation
will help our colleagues in New Jersey receive the aid they need to get back on
their feet post-Hurricane Sandy and revive the thriving New Jersey boating
industry,” notes Thom Dammrich, president of NMMA. "Boating is a way of life
for thousands of New Jersey residents—whether as an employee in the New Jersey
marine industry or as a boater. Our industry is resilient and with momentum
coming off of our recently wrapped Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show,
we’re looking forward to the coming Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat
Show creating a strong sales and marketing venue for the New Jersey boating
About the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey Recovery & Relief Fund:
The MTA/NJ Recovery & Relief Fun, a 501 (c) (3) corporation, was organized
to provide relief and aid to recreational marine businesses in New Jersey that
have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy and other national and local
disasters. The MTA/NJ Recovery &
Relief Fund will accept donations and contributions to the fund as well as
conduct fundraising activities. All of
the funds collected will be distributed directly to aid recreational marine
businesses and individuals that have been adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy
and other national and local disasters.
DONATE TODAY: Anyone wishing to make a donation can send a check payable to
MTA/NJ Recovery & Relief Fund, located at 2516 Highway 35, Suite 201,
Manasquan, NJ 08736. For additional
information, please contact the MTA/NJ offices at 732-292-1051; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NMMA: National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading
association representing the recreational boating industry in North America.
NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines,
trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S.
and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in
public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality
assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information, visit NMMA.org.
About MRAA: The Marine Retailers
Association of the Americas is the only North American association dedicated to
furthering the interests of boat and engine dealers and other marine-related
retailers throughout North America. Under the umbrella of MRAA Rewards, the MRAA
offers a host of cost-saving, revenue-generating, business-improvement, and
professional-development benefits exclusively for its members. MRAA is the
united voice of marine retailers. For more information, visit www.MRAA.com.