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Local Freedom Boat Club Participates in National Charitable Partnership to Benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Published: Monday, March 14, 2016

Freedom Boat Club of Lake St. Clair, which is launching its first location this year on
Lake St. Clair in Harrison Township, Michigan / Boat Town USA at Hideaway Harbor
Marina, is partnering up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Detroit as part of a national
campaign to support and benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Freedom Boat Club, the nation’s oldest and largest boat club with 10,000+ members in
21 states, has just announced a major national partnership to benefit Big Brothers Big
Sisters of America.

For the first time in the franchisor’s 26-year history, Freedom Boat Club’s corporate
ownership and franchise owners/operators will work together in a cause marketing
program and platform to raise both awareness and funds for this well-respected 110-
year old organization. Big Brothers Big Sisters is the largest volunteer-supported
mentoring network in the nation, encompassing more than 300 affiliates that serve
170,000 children. The organization professionally matches adult volunteers known as
‘Bigs’ with 6-18-year-old children known as ‘Littles’ in communities throughout the
country.

As its campaign theme, “BOATING BIG! ALL ABOARD FOR THE LITTLES,”
Freedom Boat Clubs throughout the nation including the Lake St. Clair operation will
host a variety of approved fundraising initiatives and special events in cooperation with
local Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliates, concluding with a nationwide “All on Deck”
boating party on Saturday, May 14 that will feature boat rides and fishing for Bigs and
Littles, including lunch and entertainment.

“My partner, Rick Dobreff, and I are very excited and enthusiastic to be working with Big
Brothers Big Sisters of America, its local affiliate in Detroit and to support the
outstanding work they do in serving young people throughout the country,” said Steven
Dobreff, Owner, Freedom Boat Club – Lake St. Clair. “I am honored to be a Volunteer
Big myself and to have our new business involved in this great program is thrilling. Our
corporate headquarters marketing team and national marketing advisory council
developed this concept and vetted a variety of charitable candidates. Big Brothers Big
Sisters of America was chosen because we all love the idea of giving back to kids and
we are especially pleased that the majority of the funds we will raise will go directly to
support and benefit the good work done by our local affiliate, Detroit Big Brothers Big
Sisters. In addition, we are really excited to host a fun party here at Hideaway Harbor
Marina in Harrison Township and take Bigs and Littles for boat rides and fishing this
coming Spring on our Freedom Boat Club boats.”

One of the initiatives that we are doing is donating $100 for every new membership that
joins Freedom Boat Club of Lake St. Clair. We are also raffling off a free one-month
membership to Freedom Boat Club for a $10 donation. Additional information will be
forthcoming about other specific fundraising initiatives and special events to benefit Big
Brothers Big Sisters in the region.

For more information about Freedom Boat Club and its BOATING BIG! ALL ABOARD
FOR THE LITTLES campaign in the region, contact Freedom Boat Club of Lake St.
Clair’s owner, Steven Dobreff, [email protected] / 586-873-7791.


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