Marine News from the Great Lakes

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

Published: Monday, May 23, 2016

Freedom Boat Club of Lake St. Clair, which launched 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 over 100 locations,
1000 boats in its fleet, and 12,000+ members in 21 states as well as Vancouver, has
just announced a major national partnership to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of

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

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 “All on Deck” boating party on
Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm at Hideaway Harbor Marina 36290 Jefferson,
Harrison Township, MI 48045. The will feature boat rides, a kids fishing derby and other
fun activities for Bigs and Littles as well as the general public, including lunch and

“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 and mentoring the youth in Detroit and 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 beyond words.” John Gigilio, the owner and President of the National
Freedom Boat Club and our corporate headquarters marketing team and national
marketing advisory council developed this concept and vetted a variety of charitable
candidates. Ultimately, 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 our Freedom Boat Club boats.”

"We are always appreciative of partners who help not only raise valuable funds, but who
provide the opportunity for matches to create priceless memories," said Pam Iorio, Big
Brothers Big Sisters of America President and CEO. "This is the start of a great national
partnership with Freedom Boast Club that will ultimately help us support more children
across the country."

As part of the campaign, Freedom Boat Club franchise owners/operators are paired with
local Big Brother Big Sister affiliates in their respective communities, and both will work
together to plan events to best suit their unique markets.  

One of the initiatives that FBC of Lake St. Clair is planning is donating $100 to BBBS
Detroit for every new member 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.
In addition, we have reached out to many others in the marine industry and local
communities to help support this event. 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,  and/or
FBC Corporate’s Chief Marketing Officer Wanda Kenton Smith – 407-697-8055, Email,

Likewise, for information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, visit

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