COMMUNITY OUTREACH

CAUSES NEAR & DEAR TO TACO

As a family owned and operated business since 1959, we recognize not only the value of family and friends, but also the importance of helping others in need. We not only support marine-based organizations, but also causes that are near and dear to our hearts. Through the spirit of giving back, we hope we can help make our world a better place.


I'M LOGAN IT FOUNDATION – FOR A COMMUNITY AS STRONG AS METAL

In memory of a loving son and nephew, Logan Kushner, the I'M LOGAN IT Foundation was created to help young people establish a healthier self esteem through acts of kindness and mentorship. The I'M LOGAN IT Foundation also provides support Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and college scholarships to deserving students. The Foundation also hosts fundraising events to support local charities that were near and dear to Logan Kushner, including its annual Flag Football Tournament. Since 2012, the Flag Football Tournament has raised more than $170,000 for charity. READ MORE...


SV SKY 57 – LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY WORLD ARC FUNDRAISER

Cancer survivor, sailor and second-generation boat builder Johannes “Jopie” Helsen plans to embark on a $1 million around-the-world fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Inspired by the many patients and survivors he met during treatment, Helsen knew he wanted to do something to help the fight against cancer. To support Helsen's fundraiser, TACO donated brand new Rigid Vinyl Rub Rail with a stainless-steel insert, LED lights, a custom-made helm chair and a pedestal for the boat. READ MORE...

VETS ON THE WATER – FISHING & BOATING TO HELP VETERANS

In 2014, Hoffmann and his daughter Ann launched Vets On The Water [VOTW], a Maine-based nonprofit dedicated to helping active duty, disabled veterans and Gold Star families experience and enjoy time on the water. Activities include fresh and saltwater fishing, sailing, cruising and ice fishing.

VOTW is entirely volunteer based. There’s no overhead costs and 100 percent of every donation, whether fishing or boating products, gas cards or meals, goes to veterans. Because of this, Hoffmann’s mantra is that the program belongs to all who give their time, equipment or services to the cause. READ MORE...

WOUNDED WATERS – FISHING & BOATING TO HELP VETERANS

On a mission to help those in need, Kevin and Stephanie Klepac created Wounded Waters as a way to help Wounded Warriors, Combat Veterans and Active Duty Military through the healing process with fishing and outdoor water adventures. TACO proudly donated a pair of Grand Slam 380 Outrigger Mounts, 15’ Aluminum Tele-Outriggers, a rigging kit, a Come On Board Handle and other boating and fishing accessories.


ANGLERS FOR THE CURE – CHARITY FISHING TOURNAMENT

After prostate cancer claimed the life of her husband, Reed, of 29 years, Adriana Somberg launched the charity fishing tournament Anglers For The Cure – providing life-saving PSA blood tests for men and research funding to find a cure for the disease. The Somberg’s story begins in 1985 when the pair met at a Miami job interview, where Reed ultimately hired his future wife as his legal secretary. Over the years, the outdoorsy couple did everything together, including their mutual passion for boating, fishing and just about anything to do with the water. READ MORE...


CHASEN’TAILZ – CHARITY FISHING TOURNAMENT

An estimated 165 boats are slated to compete in this year’s ChaseN’Tailz Fishing Tournament Sept. 8 – a Florida charity event created in memory of Chase Warren and dedicated to helping families with children who have rare diseases. The story of ChaseN’Tailz began Oct. 1, 2012, when Chase Edward Warren was born – a dream come true for parents Summer and Jay, who struggled for years to conceive. While baby Chase first appeared healthy and normal, signs that something was wrong quickly began to surface. READ MORE...


ACTION FOR LITERACY – FORT LAUDERDALE NONPROFIT FOR CHILDREN

Over the past three years, beautifully painted tiny house-like structures filled with children’s books have cropped up throughout Fort Lauderdale. Usually mounted in or around public areas, these mini libraries are from Action for Literacy – a nonprofit that aims to help children become functionally literate. Action for Literacy [AFL] is the brainchild of retired CPA Alan Garber and Chief Service Officer for the City of Fort Lauderdale Jorg Hruschka, who were inspired by the nationwide nonprofit Little Free Library. Because of Garber, Hruschka and a team of volunteers, 70 AFL libraries are installed throughout the city. READ MORE...


Wake For Life

TACO is a proud sponsor of Wake For Life, a youth mission group with Shore Life Church based in Jensen Beach, Florida. TACO donated Command Ratchet Hinges and Surface Mount LED Navigation Lights toward the mission’s project boat – a 2000 Moomba Kambrea that YouthLife Leaders and mission participants restored. The mission works mostly with high school boys in the Jensen Beach area to teach and empower them through the power of wake sports. Learn more about Wake For Life by visiting their Facebook and Instagram pages. Wake For Life is also seeking donations to support its ongoing youth programs. Learn more here.


Jenna’s Reel Warriors

With a mission to give back to Veterans, TACO is proud to sponsor New Jersey nonprofit Jenna’s Reel Warriors. JRW is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides fishing and boating adventures for Military Combat Veterans and Veterans suffering with PTSD. The nonprofit’s goal is to provide Veterans with an enjoyable, stress-free day on the water. JRW is always looking for volunteers to help onboard and for sponsors to help make their vision an ongoing reality for Veterans in need in the Tri-State area. TACO proudly donated some Dockside Accessories and supplied the nonprofit with new Boca Sport Chairs. For more information about Jenna’s Reel Warriors, please visit their website jennasreelwarriors.com and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.


S.H.A.R.E. KMT

TACO is a proud sponsor of S.H.A.R.E. KMT – A North Carolina-based program dedicated to helping special needs children and their families, as well as families facing difficult circumstances. To help raise funds for the volunteer-based nonprofit, S.H.A.R.E. hosts a popular King Mackerel Tournament [KMT] annually in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. To help support S.H.A.R.E., TACO donated $1,000 along with a pair of Grand Slam 280 Outrigger Mounts and Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles. Learn more about S.H.A.R.E. by visiting their website sharenc.org and read our blog about S.H.A.R.E. from 2019.


Dave Fons Memorial Fund

TACO is a proud sponsor of the Dave Fons Memorial Fund "Fish for Truck Safety: Fins for Fons Fishing Tournament." Created in memory of Dave Fons who was tragically killed in an automobile accident, the Fund works to carry on the legacy of Dave's commitment to truck safety through advocacy and education. The Fund's mission is to provide resources and support to survivors and families affected by truck-related accidents, promote greater truck safety through advocacy, professional education, and raising awareness of the risks that trucks may pose on roadways, and promote construction-related education through the Dave Fons Memorial Fund Scholarship. Learn more about the Fund and the Fins for Fons Fishing Tournament on its Website and Facebook page.

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