FLIBS Aid for the Bahamas Initiative

Author: Lisa Larsen

Boat Raffle and Culinary Event to Benefit Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts through Mission of Hope and ONE Bahamas

Just as the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida lay anchor on the 60th edition of the world’s largest in-water boat show, pulling into port Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, they will simultaneously make a big splash in support of Bahamas hurricane relief programs. 

Dubbed the FLIBS-4-Bahamas Initiative (#FLIBS4Bahamas), the joint effort includes a variety of fundraising and awareness activities. Topping the list, the raffle of a Pioneer 180 sportfish boat and trailer, valued at $50,000. The boat has been generously donated by Palm City Yachts. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Mission of Hope, a relief mission led by True North, a 110-foot vessel deployed to Marsh Harbour in the Bahamas. True North is equipped with specialty teams to aid in the building of temporary housing and providing medical care for those impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

Individual raffle tickets for the Pioneer 180 sportfish boat are available for $20 or six for $100. Raffle tickets are currently for sale online here and will be sold throughout the boat show online and on-site at FLIBS at the Bahamas Pavilion Booth #23 inside the Main Entrance tent.

The Pioneer 180 has a Suzuki 115 4 Stroke engine, which is for fuel-efficiency There is ample room for family, fishing gear and any other leisure fishing needs. The boat will be on display at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center location. The raffle drawing will take place on Sunday, Nov. 3rd at 3:00 pm at the Convention Center to announce the winner of the boat.

“We feel it is a duty and a privilege to support our friends and neighbors, and we are committed to Grand Bahamas and the Abacos full recovery. In addition to helping raise funds, we also aim to help get the word out that the Bahamas are still open for tourism and business as there are beautiful and pristine areas not affected and tourism is their number one industry,” said Andrew Doole, president of U.S. Boat Shows at Informa Markets.

Looking to experience fine culinary cuisine created by world-class yacht chefs? all net proceeds from the Sunset Soiree, Second Annual Yacht Chef Competition will benefit Mission of Hope and ONE Bahamas Fund. Four leading Yacht Chefs will battle it out in front of a panel of judges to win Best Yacht Chef.  The event takes place Friday, November 1st, at the Superyacht Village at Pier Sixty-Six Marina South, In addition to savoring gourmet canapes, guests will enjoy a concert by the San Diego band, The Wheeland Brothers while sipping hand-crafted cocktails sponsored by Maker’s Mark, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Gosling’s Rum and Whispering Angel Rose and Moet & Chandon bubbles.  Tickets to the Yacht Chef Competition can be purchased HERE.

“As we rebuild The Abacos and Grand Bahama Island, we are incredibly grateful to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and Marine Industries Association of South Florida for the FLIBS-4-Bahamas initiative to support these recovery efforts,” said Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Deputy Director General, Ellison ‘Tommy’ Thompson. “Boating is one of the leading contributors to our tourism economy and we are proud to work with our partners to continue to spread the word that The Bahamas has 14 beautiful islands with turquoise waters that are open and ready to welcome boaters.”

“It is an honor to be a part this industry effort to help our friends in the Bahamas,” said Craig Clements, Owner of Palm City Yachts who donated the Pioneer 180 sportfish. “The Bahamas has been a special destination for so many of us in the marine industry, from fishing trips to family vacations. We wanted to do our part to give back to a country that has given us so many great memories. I want to especially thank Suzuki for their generosity in donating the 115 4 Stroke engine. The Pioneer 180 sportfish is a quality fishing boat and I encourage show goers to enter the raffle to help this great cause.”

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