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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (October 10, 2017) – This Saturday, October 14, from 6pm – 10pm MarineMax Wrightsville Beach will be host to the 7th Annual YachtVenture gala for The Children’s Museum of Wilmington.

“Imagination and curiosity are not just for kids,” said Harriett Loweth, Past President of the Board of Directors for The Children’s Museum of Wilmington. “We’ve set up an opportunity where you can come and explore huge yachts, all to benefit the Children’s Museum.”

The YachtVenture gala fundraiser is The Children’s Museum of Wilmington’s primary fundraiser. For one unforgettable evening, 400 friends of the museum from a wide range of private and public-sector enterprises will gather to celebrate the successes of the museum while viewing some of the area’s finest yachts. One of the many highlights of the evening will be the popular silent auction. Proceeds from the silent auction will benefit The Children’s Museum of Wilmington outreach programs (currently serving 700 public school children), discount admissions for underprivileged families and children, and museum initiatives throughout the year. Generous donations from past years range in value from $100 to $6,500 and include: a custom children’s dream home, Park City Utah vacation, 7 nights in Belize, 2-hour yacht cruise, four burner stainless steel gas grill, and UNC basketball tickets. Only 200 raffle tickets will be sold and one lucky winner will have their choice of an all-inclusive luxury vacation. This year's destinations include a Mexican-Caribbean all-inclusive resort, Eternal Alpine Beauty, Montreux, Switzerland, and a wine country adventure in Napa Valley.

This year, the museum will be celebrating its 20th anniversary and will once again partner with MarineMax Wrightsville Beach. It is the perfect coastal showcase of everything that makes this corner of the world so special. Sawmill Catering Company will provide dinner and an open bar. Must be 21 and up to enter. All proceeds from the evening will go to funding The Children’s Museum of Wilmington.

“We are happy to be partnering with such a great organization in our community. This is going to be an incredible evening of friends and fun,” stated by Tyler Layton, MarineMax Wrightsville Beach General Manager.

To RSVP for the YachtVenture Gala, visit MarineMax online at:


Headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, MarineMax is the nation's largest recreational boat and yacht retailer. Focused on premium brands, such as Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Meridian, Hatteras, Azimut Yachts, Ocean Alexander, Galeon, Grady-White, Harris, Crest, Bennington, Scout, Sailfish, Sea Pro, Sportsman, Scarab Jet Boats, Yamaha Jet Boats, Aquila, and Nautique, MarineMax sells new and used recreational boats and related marine products and services as well as provides yacht brokerage and charter services. MarineMax currently has 62 retail locations in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Texas and operates MarineMax Vacations in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. MarineMax is a New York Stock Exchange-listed company. For more information, please visit


The Children's Museum of Wilmington is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a safe and fun place where children can actively learn through creative and imaginative play. Comprised of three historic downtown Wilmington properties, the Museum offers 17,000 sq.ft. and four floors of hands-on exhibits for children ages 0-10. Additionally, the Museum offers daily programs, grant-funded community outreach, and special monthly events.

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