PAYING IT FORWARD We’re proud to kick off our Maritime Cares series wherein we’ll highlight some of the ways the maritime industry has given back to the world—whether it’s a local community effort, raising funds for cancer research, or helping seafarers cope with life at sea.
Giving back to the community is embedded in Harley Marine Services’ DNA. Since its inception in 1987, the company mission has been committed to service, a sustainable work environment and philanthropy in every market they operate. Auctioning off tugboat cruises became known as “Cruisin’ for a Cure,” as Harley Marine was able to raise funds for cystic fibrosis (CF) and type 1 diabetes. These cruises have yielded more than half a million for children’s charities, however, Harley Franco found other ways to bring awareness to these causes. When Harley acquired his first tug in 1990, he christened it the Alyssa Ann after his fraternity brother’s daughter who had CF. Subsequently, many of Harley’s tugs are named thoughtfully, either supporting charities, patients or champions in our community. When Harley Franco turned 60, he wanted to celebrate with people he worked closely with. He figured a day on the golf course 38 Marine Log // June 2018
could bring everyone together. In lieu of gifts, Harley asked that friends and colleagues donate to The Hank Kaplan Research Fund. Harley and his wife, Lela, were introduced to the fund by two dear friends to Harley Marine, Michelle Sloan and former CFO, Todd Prophet, who were battling breast and lung cancer at that time. Given Harley and Lela’s charitable nature, it made sense to turn the celebration into a benefit for the community. On the spot, donations totaled north of $75,000. Thus was born, the annual Harley Marine Fall Invitational. Each year, the fundraiser has exceeded the total from the year before amassing more than $3.5 million for the Swedish Cancer Institute. The aggregate has gone to The Hank Kaplan Research Fund, but also to help support underserved patients treated at Swedish. Harley Marine and Harley and Lela have worked hard to attract incredibly generous folks in the industry with unique tee prizes and an extremely positive atmosphere.
It has also been successful because they have underwritten the entire tournament over the last 5 years. This year, they have changed the model slightly by establishing a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation in efforts to streamline some of the business aspects of the tournament, but also to give it the flexibility to benefit other needy institutions. Over the years Harley Marine has benefitted a variety of charitable institutions. In addition to CF and type 1 diabetes, they have brought attention to ALS and Fanconi Anemia, a rare autoimmune disease. They have supported the Coast Guard Academy, Kings Point and Cal Maritime among other academic institutions, and are focused generally on education. In Seattle, they have benefitted Rainier Scholars and the College Success Foundation helping low-income students. All in all, Harley Marine has served as a model for philanthropy in the maritime community. www.swedishfoundation.org/ harleymarine
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Harley Marine Services’ Cruisin’ For A Cure