News Release

Boston Whaler’s 7th Annual “Boatload of Backpacks”

Edgewater, Fla. (September 7, 2017) — Boston Whaler recently completed its seventh annual "Boatload of Backpacks" school supply drive to help area students start off the new school year on the right foot. Employee contributions and matching funds from Boston Whaler allowed more than 150 backpacks filled with school supplies to be delivered across three local elementary schools. This year the delivery was made using an all-new 60th Anniversary 170 Montauk®. A video of the delivery can be found at this link.

A team from Boston Whaler including David Brannan, Kim Shaller, Nydia Alvarez-Ruiz, Shannon Stefanick and Nathan Abdalian greeted the students and their principals and helped to unload each delivery. "Boatload of Backpacks is just one of many ways Boston Whaler supports our community," said Abdalian, Whaler's Director of Customer Experience. "It was a pleasure to be involved again this year and meet with some of the students benefitting directly from the program. Our success as a company wouldn't be possible without the community behind us, and we're happy to be able to give back."

On hand to receive the donations were Principal Becky Porter and Assistant Principal Michele Brown at Edgewater Public School; Principal Carrie Crkvenac and Assistant Principal Jennifer Holmgreen at Indian River Elementary; and Principal Dr. Jan McGee and Assistant Principal Daniel Hargrave at Burns Science and Technology Charter School. Each location received more than 50 backpacks, each containing a school supply kit of 2 boxes of Crayola® crayons, 24 pencils, 3 glue sticks, scissors, paper and more for each school to distribute as the school year starts.

For more information, please contact Traci Davis at (386) 409-6419 or by email at

About Boston Whaler: For nearly 60 years, Boston Whaler has been building superior quality unsinkable runabouts, cruisers and center console boats. Founded in 1958 and currently headquartered in Edgewater, Fla., the company's unique foam-cored construction process contributes not only unsurpassed flotation, but also superior ride characteristics and durability. The current product line ranges from 11 to 42 feet and is distributed around the world by a network of exceptional dealers. For more information about The Unsinkable Legend™, please visit Boston Whaler is owned by Brunswick Corporation, the largest marine manufacturer in the world.

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