Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fisheries Golfers Turn Out to Aid SeaShare

Ocean Beauty Seafoods’ annual charity golf tournament garnered a record $10,000 for SeaShare, a Bainbridge Island, Washington nonprofit organization that fights hunger through seafood donations.

About 130 golfers turned out on the Seattle area greens on Aug. 10, a cloudless day with a high of 78 degrees, to benefit SeaShare, said Tom Sunderland, director of marketing for Ocean Beauty. “You couldn’t have asked for a better day.”

Jim Harmon, executive director of SeaShare, thanked Ocean Beauty and event sponsors for embracing their responsibility to their communities and for good resource stewardship. “Protein is the most difficult type of food for food banks to get, and nothing is more needed or nutritious than seafood,” he said.
The company, which has donated more than 12 million meals to SeaShare over the years, plans to continue the annual fundraiser into the foreseeable future, Sunderland said.

Ocean Beauty President Mark Palmer credited the success of the tournament to business partners, suppliers, customers and employees.

“This is bigger than Ocean Beauty,” he said. “We rely on every one of these sponsors for our success, and every one of them serves the larger community through this support. With their help, we can live out our belief that sustainability is not just about the fish – it’s about the fish and everybody who depends on the fish.”

Major sponsors of this year’s event were Alaska Airlines, Alaska Marine Lines, Lynden Transport, Brown Lines, Apex Cold Storage, Carlile Transportation, Junction Solutions, North Pacific Seafoods, Raw Seafoods, Silgan Containers, SM Products, Sym-Pac, Vita, Amende and Schultz, CenturyLink, Commodity Forwarders, Frontier Packaging, Horizon Lines, Icicle Seafoods, Maersk, Marine Harvest Canada, JS McMillan, Nakamura, Northern Air Cargo, Ocean Blue, Odyssey, Penn Cover and Presidio.

Other tournament sponsors were Aquagold Seafood, Azimut, Cannon Fish, East Coast Lobster, Fisher King, GCI, Georgia Pacific, Great Pacific, Hanjin, Heartland Catfish, International Seafoods of Alaska, Ivar’s, Janssen Associates, the Nerland Agency, Nippon Shoken, Parker Smith and Feek, Salmones, Pacific Star, Shining Ocean, South Bend Products, Sujiyo, Twin Tails, Western United, AGS, Mac’s Oysters, Oregon Lox and JP Shellfish.

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