Sound Rivers part of a bright, BlueFuture

Shane Boutchyard (left), West Marine manager in Washington, hands a $2,000 BlueFuture grant check to Sound Rivers volunteer Guy Blackwell (middle) and Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell (right) on March 8.

A big “Thank you!” goes to West Marine manager Shane Boutchyard for facilitating a $2,000 BlueFuture grant to Sound Rivers!

West Marine’s BlueFuture grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations dedicated to getting more kids on the water through boating, fishing, paddling and marine science. During December 2020, West Marines nationwide held donation drives, in which customers could round up a bill to donate to the BlueFuture cause. The Washington store ranked in the Top 10 of donation-getters in a field of 245 stores.

“We have a personal relationship with Sound Rivers, and we’ve been lucky enough that this is the third year in a row that we’ve been able to give to someone local,” Boutchyard said. “The majority of our support this year came from West Marine pro customers.”

Those pro customers included: Avalanche Motorsports, Caldwell Marine Design, TechMaster Marine, Egret Boats, Pamlico Boat and Fiberglass and Pair Marine, all of which donated to the cause, along with many West Marine retail customers.

Thank you, Shane and West Marine!