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Hometown Miami Yacht Charter Maven Promotes Give Miami Day to Support Local Charities

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As private luxury yacht charter brokers, working and living in South Florida is truly a blessing.  This is the yachting capital of the world, and we are blessed with warm weather, great beaches, and year-round access to the newest and largest yachts in the world.

While our mission is to Deliver the Superyacht Experience to our clients, our business is built for the specific purpose of generosity:  We strive for success in order to share our blessings with our community.

This week, on Thursday and Friday, EVERY PERSON AND CORPORATION in South Florida has a unique opportunity to be generous, by participating in The Miami Foundation’s Give Miami Day — a 24-hour period in which donations can be made online to more than 500 charities. The blitz begins 12:01 a.m. Thursday and runs for 24 hours.


flyer for Give Miami Day

Now in its third year, Give Miami Day has gained popularity with each campaign, with more and more charities coming on board. This year, Give Miami will include 115 new charities — among them Goodwill Industries, the South Beach Chamber Ensemble, the South Florida SPCA Horse and Large Farm Animal Rescue, and Honor Flight South Florida.  Returning charities include Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Inc., and Shake-A-Leg Miami – a sailing program for the physically-challenged.

Here’s how it works:  Simply go to the website, look at the profiles of each charity, and make a donation to any charity (or charities) that touch your heart.  Donations between $25 and $10,000 will qualify for a bonus for the recipient, distributed based on how much is raised and how much is collected in the bonus pool on Give Miami Day. The Miami Foundation, Knight Foundation, and other sponsors have contributed to the bonus pool as an “incentive” for giving.

One of the participating charities that we at 1-800 Yacht Charters support is Project PetSnip. Their mission is to stem the staggering pet overpopulation problem in Miami by providing free and low-cost spay and neuter services, along with veterinary health care to animals in need.  Last year, we are proud to say, our company President, Jana Sheeder, donated over $4000 to Project PetSnip for the purchase of an autoclave – used to sterilized their medical/surgical tools.  Jana explained how our participation helps: “By having additional clean instruments available, more animals can be cared for each day.”

Last year, Give Miami Day received more than 10,000 individual gifts like Jana’s, and raised $3.2 million to support 407 local nonprofit organizations.

There are so many worthy charities participating in give Miami Day – certainly there are one or two that will call out to you.  ANY amount will help SO MANY!

Please join us Thursday and Friday for Give Miami Day.  As Jana likes to say, “You can make a difference and you can change the world.”


What: The Miami Foundation’s Give Miami Day

When: Thursday, November 17 through Friday, November 18

How:  Visit and either click on the charity of your choice, or search through the database. Donations between $25 and $10,000 qualify for a percentage of the bonus pool.

Social media: @MiamiFoundation on Twitter and Instagram — and (hashtag) #givemiamiday

For more information:

In the meantime, please click to follow 1-800 Yacht Charters on just two of our many social media channels:    @yacht-charters
Thank you!

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Making a Difference: What to do with Old Saddle Pads

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I know what you’re thinking – you’re saying to yourself, “What do horse saddle pads have to do with boats, and private yacht charters, and the ocean?

The truth is, while we love our work and are passionate about sharing the Superyacht Experience with our clients and friends, we also love to spend time away from the water – on a ranch with horses, and pastures, and clean, country air.

Last week, I noticed a stack of old saddle pads in the barn. They were still usable – soft and thick, but starting to fray on the ends.

Rather than pitch them in the trash, we came up with a good idea – a way to “recycle”  the pads and put them to good use.

So, we put washed the pads, tossed them into a couple of reusable, eco-friendly  1-800 Yacht Charter “Eco-tote” bags, and took them to our local animal rescue shelter, PAWS4YOU.   It turns out, saddle pads make a perfect bed for dogs!

The pads are mostly rectangular in shape, and filled with soft, cushiony fabric.  The same thick fabric designed to protect a horse from the impact of a rider and saddle when riding makes a nice “bed”  for a small to medium-sized dog.

Actual dog beds that you buy at a pet store are expensive and beyond the budget of most pet rescue organizations.  It sure felt good when “Bernard” a rescued beagle available for adoption at PAWS4YOU came out to accept our donated saddle pads.  We also had the extra satisfaction of knowing we made a difference on November 13th, World Kindness Day!!!

Bernard the rescued beagle dog and volunteer sit beside bag of donated saddle pads for shelter dogs


Our hats are tipped to the many volunteers at PAWS4YOU, and all they do to help shelter and adopt homeless and abused pets in Miami, Florida.

So, the next time you find old towels, blankets, (or, if you ride horses, a saddle pad or three) in your house (or barn), don’t throw them away.  Wash them and find a local animal shelter in your community.  Make a difference and donate them to help the animals!

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