Captain’s Chair: Nicklaus a role model for us all April 20, 2015

When he’s not boating or golfing, there’s a good chance Jack Nicklaus will be raising money for charity. Jack, the fourth-highest-paid retired athlete, and his wife have just been named co-chairs of the Miami Children’s Health Foundation’s Together for the Children campaign. Their goal: to raise $150 million. “It’ll be the largest undertaking that we have ever done,” Nicklaus told the South Florida Business Journal.

Nicklaus’s dedication to charitable causes is a great example for the rest of us to follow. As Broward County’s number one economic driver, it is vital that the marine industry gives back to the community it’s a part of.

One way we’re doing that is by coordinating an MIASF house with Habitat for Humanity. The groundbreaking for the duplex off of Sistrunk Boulevard is scheduled for May.

On Friday, April 10, members of MIASF who are sponsoring the Habitat House got to meet and have lunch with one of the house’s partner families. Members enjoyed an emotional lunch with the family, which is comprised of Brenda, the grandmother, Casey, the mom, and her three daughters, Lauren, Destiny and Skylar.

“We are so grateful to have been chosen,” Brenda told the group. “We need a house for the girls. They need a place to call home that’s theirs.”

Casey recalled watching her mom struggle as a single parent. “To be chosen gives my kids something I never had,” she said. “Not a day goes by that I’m not grateful to be chosen and for all of you pitching in.”

Sponsors of the house include Maritime Professional Training, National Marine Suppliers, Ward’s Marine Electric, High Seas Yacht Service, Frank & Jimmie’s Propeller, Neptune Boat Lifts, Advanced Mechanical Enterprises and Denison Yacht Sales. For information on becoming a sponsor, visit or email

MIASF also sponsored a bike in the 7th annual Spin-A-Thon, a fun, six-hour spinning bike endurance challenge on Saturday, April 25 at Esplanade Park. The event is organized by the Marine Industry Cares Foundation, which was founded in 2010 by members of the local marine community, and has donated more than $600,000 to local charities that benefit children and families in need. For more information, visit

These are just a few of the ways the marine industry can make a positive difference in our community. The awareness and personal satisfaction generated by giving back are just a few reasons to do it, and we hope all of our members will find a way to contribute.

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