Seattle Boat Show to Hold Food Drive for Furloughed Coast Guard Employees

Who: The Seattle Boat Show is holding a food drive to support local furloughed Coast Guard employees and their families. Donations collected at the show will be given to the new food bank at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Seattle Base.

Additionally, the show will be offering free admittance to any federal furloughed employees. Offer is good for single day tickets. Federal ID is required and must be presented at the ticket window to qualify.

 What: Boaters/show attendees are asked to bring non-perishable items or toiletries to the CenturyLink Field Event Center location of the Seattle Boat Show. Collection bins will be located at all the entrances.

 Why: “Our local boating community greatly values and appreciates everything the Coast Guard does for us including search and rescue, education and maritime stewardship,” says George Harris, president, Northwest Marine Trade Association, which owns and produces the Seattle Boat Show along with the Northwest Yacht Brokers Association.  “At this time when they are going without pay to keep us safe and the waterways open, we want to do whatever we can to help them.”

 When: The show opens at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25 and continues through Saturday, Feb. 2

 About: The 72nd annual Seattle Boat Show is the largest show on the West Coast and attracts visitors from across the country and around the globe. From kayaks to luxury cruisers and everything in between, it features more than 1,000 boats and yachts in two locations, three acres of the latest and greatest gadgets and gear, 400+ exhibitors, 200+ free seminars and advanced training classes for a fee. There’s also tons of fun to be had and a variety of activities for everyone including wine and beer nights, and a special Kids AquaZone full of family-friendly activities.

A free shuttle runs continuously between both locations, and parking is free if when tickets are purchased online. Those choosing to take public transportation to get to the show can get $6 off at the box office simply by showing proof of public transportation.

For a complete list of exhibitors, seminars, travel package and ticket prices, visit www.SeattleBoatShow.com.

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