More than a dozen students taking part in the not-for-profit Marine Vocational Program will be able to continue and advance their marine education thanks to a donation of $15,000 from the New York City Eastern Caribbean Relief Fund.
“This generous donation will enable us to provide MVP students with their basic PADI dive certification, opening their eyes and minds to their underwater surroundings,” said Jimmy Loveland, MVP program director and longtime professional sports fishing captain who moved to the island in 1964.
Loveland’s son, Marc Loveland, told IGY CEO Tom Mukamal about his father’s long dedication to the Virgin Islands community and the youth that live on the island, while they sat next to each other on a flight.
Mukamal was already familiar with the islands as IGY manages both Yacht Haven Grande and American Yacht Harbor marinas on St. Thomas.
Island Capital Group and Island Global Yachting, along with the organization’s investors, friends, customers and partners created the New York City Eastern Caribbean Relief Fund to aid in the recovery, relief and humanitarian needs of those living in the Eastern Caribbean following hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.