Category Archives: Community Outreach

The Conclusion to the TACO Marine Project Boat Saga with Ship Shape TV

The episode you’ve been waiting for is here. We’re bringing you the final Ship Shape TV episode that features the TACO Marine Project Boat conclusion.

An adventure more than two years in the making, with twists and turns and wonderful surprises, Project Boat would not have been possible without the tremendous support of its many sponsors listed below and the crew at Ship Shape TV.

Together, we fundraised more than $132,000 for the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation – supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and college scholarships for deserving students.

Winner Roger LeFranc holding the winning ticket, which he purchased during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Nov. 4, 2017.

The winning raffle ticket was sold to Roger LeFranc of Melbourne, Florida during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Nov. 1 – 5, 2017. LeFranc, an avid fisherman and boater, said he plans to christen the boat “Justin Time II” after his son, Justin.

Left to right: Tim Neuman, Bert Delle of Ship Shape TV, Mike Trent, winner Roger LeFranc, Justin LeFranc, Rick Francisco and Mike Kushner of TACO Marine.

Alongside his family and many friends, LeFranc said he plans to take his newly restored Pursuit 2650 on many fishing adventures and tournaments as the “Justin Time Fishing Team.”

Thank you to A1 Boat Transport, AA Boat Tops & Canvas, ACR Artex, Armstrong Nautical Products, Boat Outfitters, Boat Steering Solutions, Bob Hewes Boats, BT’s Welding, Canvas Designers, CWR Electronics, Dennis Friel Art Studios, LLC, Dometic, Dorado Boats, East Penn Manufacturing Co., Edson Marine, Fiberglass Coatings, Sunbrella, GOST, Hi Tide Manufacturing, IGX 2000, Interlux Yacht Paint, JL Audio, The Jupiter Bike, Finholder and More, Lenco Marine, Magic Tilt Trailers, Mantus Marine, Marine Customs Unlimited, Marine Tech, Mate Series, MPI, Normic Fishing, Ocean-Tamer Marine Bean Bags, Pacer Group, ProMariner, Quantum Paint, SeaDek Marine Nonskid, Sea-Dog Line, Shurhold, SPX Johnson Pumps, Swobbit Products, Taylor Made Systems, ThrowRaft, Sea Tow, SiriusXM Radio, TNT Custom Boatworks, White Water Marine Hardware and Yamaha Outboards.

Also, a special thank you to the Pinellas Community Foundation, Miami International Boat Show, Tampa Bay Boat Show and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

I’M LOGAN IT Foundation Hosts Successful Flag Football Fundraiser for Charity

After completing the TACO Marine Project Boat fundraiser for the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation in November 2017, we’re excited to recap the most recent fundraising event that took place Dec. 30, 2017 in Clearwater, Florida.

More than 33 teams and dozens of friends and family came together to participate in the 6th annual I’M LOGAN IT Foundation Flag Football Fundraiser – raising more than $20,000 for charity in memory of Logan Kushner.

Through the Foundation since 2012, more than $300,000 has been donated to charity – supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and college scholarships for deserving students.

Congratulations to the winning teams in three divisions.

“MVP” in the Top Gun division.
“Sniper Gang” in the Competitive division.
“Gabagool” in the Weekend Warrior division.

Thank you to the many volunteers who supported the Foundation in a variety of tasks, including the field set up, team sign-in, scoring, managing the raffle and silent auction, preparing and serving the lunchtime barbecue, concessions and clean up. Without the volunteers, this event would not be possible.

Special thanks to Tim Sattinger and the referees for another fantastic job on the field, Ed Grube and Events Done Right – the best DJ and entertainment in Tampa Bay, and Fanny Scargle for wonderful photography – beautifully capturing the events of such a special day.

Also, we’d like to thank our many sponsors, including Sonny’s BBQ, the American Running Company, Bouchard Insurance, Capogna’s Dugout, Don’s Marine Salvage, Huntington Learning Center and Safety Harbor Montessori for all your tremendous support.

We hope to see everyone back at the end of 2018 for the 7th annual I’M LOGAN IT Flag Football Fundraiser on Saturday, December    29.

TACO Marine-Sponsored Tournament Supported Florida Toys For Tots

This past October, Dorado Boats, headquartered in Palm Harbor, Florida, hosted its first ever Fall Classic Fishing Tournament in Tampa, Florida. As a leader in the sport fishing community for nearly 60 years, TACO Marine was a proud sponsor of this exciting event!

Not only were competitors angling for Snook, Red Fish, Trout and a Grand Slam, but all proceeds benefited the Toys for Tots Foundation – supporting children and families in need during the holiday season.

Thanks to this wonderful event, more than 300 toys were donated to Toys for Tots in Pinellas County, Florida – spreading cheer and the spirit of giving.

Check out the pictures below, courtesy of the Dorado Boats Facebook page, highlighting a job well done.

IMPORTANT UPDATES About the I’M LOGAN IT Flag Football Fundraiser

Announcing two important updates for anyone participating in the 6th annual I’M LOGAN IT Foundation Flag Football Fundraiser Dec. 30, sponsored by TACO Marine.

  1. The location has changed to the Countryside Soccer Complex, 3060 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, FL. 33761.
  2. Top Gun, Competitive and Weekend Warrior divisions are full. Any new teams interested in playing in these divisions can be added to the waitlist in case a spot opens. Individuals (free agents) who would like to participate can also sign up and we will help find a team for you to join.

More information can be found here.

We’re looking forward to an amazing ay of Fun, Friendship and Football!

Save the Date: I’M LOGAN IT Fundraiser Dec. 28 at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza!

This holiday season, we’re proud to be a long-time sponsor of the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation, which supports the JDRF and college scholarships for deserving youth.

Coming up, the Foundation is hosting its 6th annual Flag Football Fundraiser in Clearwater, Florida. Leading up to the big day, the Foundation is also hosting a fundraising party Dec. 28 at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Clearwater from 6 to 10 p.m.

Whether you dine-in or order carry-out, 20 percent of all tracked orders will be donated to the Foundation. Just tell your server you are dining to support the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation.

THAT’S NOT ALL!

The Greg Billings Band will be playing music and there will be an amazing auction and raffle! Some of the prizes include a beach vacation, golfing, original art, a Weber grill, private fishing trips and much more! Plus, registered flag football teams can pick up their I’M LOGAN IT t-shirts and Flag Football Fundraiser lunch tickets.

Whether you’re playing football or want to enjoy great music and food, please join us to help make a different. And keep on LOGAN IT!

For more information, please visit imloganit.com/news.

Announcing the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation Flag Football Fundraiser!

Since 2012, TACO Metals has been a proud supporter of the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation – created in memory of Logan Kushner, to honor and preserve his unique spirit and passion for life. The Foundation’s mission is to inspire good self-esteem in youth through acts of kindness, while also providing support to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and college scholarships for deserving youth. Over the past six years, the Foundation has raised nearly $300,000 – with all the money received going to charity.

On Dec. 30, the Foundation is hosting its 6th annual Flag Football Fundraiser. Team registration for this all-day event is open now through Dec. 23. It will again take place at the Joe DiMaggio Sports Complex in Clearwater, Florida, and is a day of “fun, friendship and football” for everyone. Come out and enjoy a half-time barbecue, music, raffle and silent auction.

REGISTER HERE

Last year’s tournament saw a record 40 teams and more than 300 individuals, ages 15 and older, participate. For more information about the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation and the Flag Football Fundraiser, please visit imloganit.com or e-mail info@imloganit.com.

BECOME A TOURNAMENT SPONSOR

From all of us at TACO Metals, thank you to the sponsors, participants, volunteers and friends of the I’M LOGAN IT Foundation for all your support!