Nineteen companies who make marine-related merchandise have come together to raise money for those affected financially by the coronavirus pandemic. Nineteen for 19, organized by ugo wear, a maker of waterproof electronics cases, is a fundraiser to benefit Modest Needs Foundation, a nonprofit that provides emergency relief for individuals and families in need.
When the spring merchandise shows were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, ugo wear co-founders Melanie Cole and Vicky DeRouchey knew it would have a negative impact on revenues, not only for themselves but for other vendors that they have developed close ties with over the years. They wanted to find a way to help raise awareness for these brands, while also benefiting a cause that would help those suffering the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
“When all the shows were cancelled, it was pretty devastating to all of us. Vicky and I got to thinking that everybody is in the same boat as us,” said Cole. “We thought, ‘How can we spread a little joy and involve these vendor friends of ours?’”
The theme of 19 for the fundraiser was developed in recognition of COVID-19. Cole contacted 18 vendors to see if they would be interested in donating items for a raffle, and 18 of them said yes, which along with ugo wear, makes 19 participating companies donating some of their hottest merchandise.
Everyone who donates $19 to the Modest Needs Foundation through the Nineteen For 19 donation page will be entered into a drawing to win this unparalleled collection. The grand prize is made up of merchandise donated by the 19 participating companies and is valued at over $3,000. It includes many of the most sought-after marine gear and accessories available on the market. Individuals that double their donation to $38 will receive a limited edition long-sleeve performance shirt as a gift. The shirt has the Nineteen for 19 logo on the front and logos of participating brands on the back.
The Nineteen for 19 website launches April 19 and will be open through May 31, with a goal of raising $19,000 for charity. The grand prize winner will be notified by email and announced June 1 at 5 p.m. CST on the ugo wear Facebook page live.
The 19 participating companies, along with their donated items that are part of the enticing grand prize, include:
- 727 Sailbags, recycled sailcloth bag – retail value $200
- Back Chair Bag, two Back Chair bags – retail value $99
- Colby Davis of Boston, Colby Davis Necklace – retail value $150
- Connley Fishing, 7-foot carbon fiber series inshore graphite spinning rod – retail value $199
- Glidecoat, gift certificate – retail value $500
- Hydro-Shield, Hydro-Shield or large Hydro-Shield – retail value $189
- Jackie Gallagher Designs, Explore.Dream.Discover necklace – retail value $60.00
- Mang Gear, Mang Gear bundle – retail value $82
- Manta Racks, SUP wall racks – retail value $229
- Mantus Marine, waterproof head lamp – retail value $92
- MarinaLife, two Cruising Club memberships – retail value $100
- Ocean-Tamer Marine Bean Bags, medium Longneck marine bean bag – Retail Value $140
- One Last Cast, Razorback men’s fishing jersey, walleye long sleeve – retail value $89
- Pretty Rugged Gear, Lux lap blanket – Retail Value $150
- Salt N Rays, four Sol wrap towels – Retail Value $148
- Shore Boards, 39-inch twin longboard- retail value: $299
- Talii Towels, six personalized bath sheets – retail value $200
- The Boat Galley, The Boat Galley Cookbook – Retail Value $38
- ugo wear, ugo Signature Collection tablet – Retail Value $159
“We’re 19 marine related companies who have been hit hard because of COVID-19 just like you. And we’re doing something about it —something good in this unprecedented time, and we’re inviting you to do the same,” said Cole.
For more information or to donate to Nineteen for 19, visit http://ugowear.crowdchange.co/covid19fundraiser.