Texas Marine Industry Raises Money for Folds of Honor

The Texas marina industry raised $70,198 for Folds of Honor through MAT Gives Back, a fundraiser at the 48th Annual Marina Association of Texas (MAT) Conference in Galveston, Texas held October 7.

“We are amazed, but not surprised, by the generosity of our industry towards such an important cause,” said Ryan Miller, Cottonwood Creek Marina. “This donation shows just how much the marina industry supports our military and the work of Folds of Honor.”

The MAT Gives Back fundraiser was created and added to the conference agenda in 2017 in response to the destruction of Hurricane Harvey. At the first fundraising event, participants selected the charity they played for. In 2018, MAT leadership named Folds of Honor as the recipient of MAT Gives Back and $61,000 was raised. An additional $70,198 will be donated to Folds of Honor in 2019 from the Texas marina industry.

“Several Texas marinas were already supporting Folds of Honor,” said Roland Adams, Crosswater Yacht Club and 2019 MAT President. “Their mission just makes sense to our members and they want to be a part of its success.”

Folds of Honor is a charitable organization that provides scholarships to the spouses and children of service members disabled or killed as a result of their military service to our great nation. The MAT donation will enable Folds of Honor to offer 14 scholarships for deserving military dependents.

In addition to entry fees for the event, monies for MAT Gives Back are raised through member-hosted events throughout the year and corporate donations, and the fundraising culminates in an event during the annual MAT Conference & Trade Show – this year a cornhole tournament comprised of 27 teams.