Marine-related Charities Can Now Apply for DAME Award Registration Proceeds

Applications are being accepted from certified marine-related public charities to receive the registration fee proceeds from the DAME Design Awards at METSTRADE 2019.

The exhibition committee of the trade show will select a charity from the entries and announce the recipient in mid-May. Applications must be submitted before April 19. The donation will be presented during the Breakfast Briefing on November 19, the official start of METSTRADE 2019.

The annual DAME Award recognizes innovative product designs in the leisure marine industry. Several years ago, METSTRADE Show organizer RAI Amsterdam decided to donate the registration fees for the awards to a charity, as a way for the METSTRADE community to give something back to society. Every year, a DAME maritime-related charity is chosen based on submissions. The average amount of the donation to date has been €19,000 ($21,360) and the 2019 figure will depend on the number of registered entry fees paid.

“The DAME Award is the best possible platform to launch new products and bring them to the attention of the global marine industry and media,” said Irene Dros, maritime domain manager at RAI Amsterdam. “Winners and nominees can count on significant media coverage and by supporting a charity with the registration proceeds, RAI Amsterdam ensures that the wider society benefits as well. The chosen charity also enjoys increased international recognition thanks to its association with the DAME and METSTRADE, which is a win-win situation for all concerned.