Individuals Named for Support of MICF and Contributions to the Community Include Business and Non- Profit Organization Leaders, Philanthropists, a Community Volunteer Leader, and a Teacher/Youth Advocate 

– Fort Lauderdale, FL – January 18, 2017– The Marine Industry Cares Foundation today announced its 2017 Class of Chairman’s Gala Honorees ahead of the 2nd Annual MICF Chairman’s Gala – ‘Masquerade Casino Night’ to be held at the Gallery of Amazing Things in Dania Beach on Saturday, January 28th, 2017.

The 2017 Honorees are business owners and philanthropists Mary and Dean DuToit of National Marine Suppliers, Executive Director of the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center Dr. Ana Calderon-Randazzo, Broward County School teacher and the inaugural MICF Summer Camp Instructor Jim Nance of A.D. Henderson Elementary and Middle School at FAU, and businessman and longtime MICF Volunteer Charles Ernst of Dockside Corporate Services.

“MICF is pleased to celebrate these individuals for their contributions and commitment to the Foundation and to recognize them for their works in the community,” stated Gordon Connell, Executive Director of Marine Industry Cares Foundation.

“These four individuals are leading examples of care for our children, care for our families and our community. They serve as inspirations for us all to engage by taking action in ways that have an impact on an individual level and on the community level,” said David Reed, Chairman of the Marine Industry Cares Foundation.

In addition to recognizing individuals who are showing that they care and are making a difference every day, the black-tie soiree also serves as a fundraiser for the Foundation and benefits the MICF Marine Industry Immersion Summer Camps which introduces high school students to the marine industry through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) experiences such as hands-on projects and marine business field trips.

Presenting sponsor for the 2nd Annual MICF Chairman’s Gala is the Marine Industries Association of South Florida who together with other major sponsors, donors and supporters will join the Foundation’s Board of Directors to salute and pay tribute to the 2017 Class of Chairman’s Honorees.  Other sponsors include:

  • Grateful Palate Events & Catering
  • Maritime Professional Training
  • Wards Marine Electric
  • IGY Marinas
  • MHG Insurance
  • Palladium Technologies
  • bluewater
  • Fort Lauderdale Mariners Club  
  • Advantage Services
  • Advanced Mechanical Ent.
  • AERE Marine Group
  • RPM Diesel Engine Company
  • The Triton Newspaper
  • Derecktor Shipyard
  • Dania Cut Super Yacht Repair
  • Bahia Mar
  • Pinmar USA
  • Roscioli Yachting Center
  • American Vulkan
  • Perry & Neblett
  • Southern Glazer Wine & Spirits
    • Tito’s Handmade Vodka
    • Zamara
    • Voga Prosecco
    • Appleton Rum
  • Luxury Home Consultants
  • Northrop & Johnshon

The “roving”, free flow event will feature complimentary valet, a grand tasting area by Grateful Palate Events & Catering, live music and dancing, casino games and an auction, all in a masquerade-type atmosphere. VIP+ ticket holders will have exclusive access to two private areas, the High Roller Venetian lounge and the Hidden Court Mexican Masquerade room where they’ll experience custom gaming experiences, expanded dining options, and specialty beverages at the open bars. Tickets are available online from

About MICF

The Marine Industry Cares Foundation is a local maritime industry non-profit organization that brings the marine and local communities together by raising money and awareness for local charities supporting children and families.  Our vision is to become a global organization with funds being raised for local communities worldwide.  For more information, visit

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