Maverick Boat Group, based in Fort Pierce, auctioned off a Pathfinder 2200 TRS bay boat to raise money for hurricane relief. The auction, which ran from Sept. 25 to Oct. 5, raised $48,500 to be distributed to charities working in fishing communities devastated by hurricanes.(Photo: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MAVERICK BOAT GROUP)

Maverick Boat Group, based in Fort Pierce, builders of Maverick, Hewes, Pathfinder and Cobia brand boats, generated $48,500 by auctioning off a new Pathfinder 2200 TRS between Sept. 25 and Oct. 5.

According to Maverick President Scott Deal, of Vero Beach, proceeds will be distributed as follows:

$20,000 will go to the Guides Trust Foundation;  $20,000 will go to the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida; $8,500 “will be held in reserve to be distributed directly to individual members of the fishing community who do not fall under the purview of the two aforementioned organizations.”

“Of course, the Maverick Family knew we wanted to help our community but how best to do it provided quite the challenge,” Deal said. “Auctioning a boat allowed us to super-size our dollars invested, and partnering with such great foundations assures the money raised will be thoughtfully distributed.”

Fishing will help areas like the Florida Keys get back on their feet.

“The importance of recreational fishing to the South Florida and Keys economy can’t be overstated,” said Fish and Wildlife Foundation Board member Rodney Barreto. “This generous action by the Maverick Boat Group is an important step to getting that industry — and South Florida — back on its feet.”

Funds for relief can be requested by going to Florida Keys Fishing Guide AssociationLower Keys Guides Association, www.wildlifeflorida.org, or by contacting Charlie Johnson via email at [email protected].

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