Summer of Giving: Bridge Marina Raises Over $2,800 For Military Families

September 20, 2017

A Summer of Giving: Bridge Marina Raises Over $2,800 For Military Families

Marina and boaters generously help Folds of Honor, a non-profit dedicated to supporting the families of fallen and disabled service members

Bridge Marina led a local charge this summer in raising funds for Folds of Honor, a non-profit that provides educational scholarships to the children and spouses of our fallen and disabled servicemen and women.  The marina, located on New Jersey’s largest lake, raised over $2,800 for the Folds of Honor non-profit founded by Major Dan Rooney, an F-16 fighter pilot who served three tours of duty in Iraq. {#/pub/images/Folds_of_Honor_4C_2014.jpg}

Bridge Marina held several fundraisers during two of the busiest holiday weekends for boaters, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends.  During the fundraisers, the marina donated ten cents of every gallon of fuel purchased at its busy fuel dock to Folds of Honor.  Bridge Marina also spearheaded a fundraising effort that provided boaters the opportunity to make their own charitable contributions to the cause as well.  An ice cream sale, with treats generously donated by one of the marina’s dock slip members, Ronen Barak, raised additional funds for the non-profit during a active Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Ray Fernandez, owner of Bridge Marina, became aware of the effort to raise funds for the non-profit through his involvement with the Association of Marina Industries (AMI).  Fernandez, who serves on AMI’s Board of Directors along with over a dozen other leaders in the marine industry from across the country, said that participating marinas have a unique opportunity to collectively help and raise money to support our country’s service men and women through Folds of Honor. 

About Bridge Marina’s contributions and fundraising effort, Fernandez said, “We are proud to stand with the Folds of Honor and are equally proud that so many of our guests and boaters stand with us.  Together, we are honoring those heroes who stand guard over our freedoms and make a difference in the lives of their families who have sacrificed so much.” 

Folds of Honor has awarded more than 10,000 scholarships in all 50 states, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. “Our motto says it best,” said Major Rooney, “Honor their sacrifice.  Educate their legacy.”

About Bridge Marina, Inc.: Bridge Marina is Lake Hopatcong’s award-winning, boutique marina, offering dock slip memberships, daily boat rentals, New Jersey’s premier Boating Club, marine store, certified service department, marine-grade fuel, and more.  Bridge Marina is nationally recognized twice as the “Marina of the Year” and is the only freshwater marina in the Garden State certified by the NJDEP as a “Clean Marina.”  For more information, visit us on the web at www.BridgeMarina.com or call (973) 663-1976.

About Folds of Honor: Folds of Honor is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled while on active duty in the United States armed forces. Our educational scholarships support private education tuition and tutoring for children in grades K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for spouses and dependents. Founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, an F-16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard who served three tours of duty in Iraq, Folds of Honor is proud to have awarded more than 10,000 scholarships in all 50 states, as well as Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, including more than 2,500 in 2015 alone. For more information or to donate in support of a Folds of Honor scholarship, visit www.foldsofhonor.org.

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