Costa Sunglasses donates $50,000 to Captains for Clean Water for Hurricane Ian Disaster Relief Fund

When Hurricane Ian’s cone of uncertainty set eyes on Florida’s west coast, the entire fishing world was glued to their screens checking their favorite guides and fishing. Ian’s effects need no introduction, countless family homes, businesses and lives were damaged or lost, and everyone needs as much help as we can send them.

From Costa Sunglasses:

Born in water and committed to protecting the aquatic world it calls home, Costa Sunglasses continues to support Hurricane Ian efforts with a $50,000 donation to its long-term conservation partner Captains for Clean Water. The entire donation will go to the organization’s Emergency Disaster Relief Fund to help those affected by Hurricane Ian get back on their feet.

Hurricane Ian made landfall on Sept. 28 as a Category 4 hurricane, causing catastrophic damage to Southwest, Fla., home to many Costa partners and professionals. Costa, Captains for Clean Water and the Florida fishing community were some of the first responders to jump into action after the hurricane. They worked around the clock on rescue missions, setting up drop sites for critical supplies, cleaning up debris and distributing food and clean water to families in need. The initial response has been tremendous, but the work has only just begun. The road to recovery will be long, but Costa and Captains for Clean Water are in it for the long haul.

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“Having been in Florida for the past 40 years, Costa is no stranger to hurricanes and the effects they have on our communities,” said Justin Cupps, Senior Vice President at Costa. “As soon as we learned the magnitude of this storm, we were in close communication with our friends at Captains For Clean Water, based in Fort Myers. It has been incredible to see their reaction and how they immediately jumped into action to do whatever was necessary, despite many of them losing their homes. As a trusted partner, we are honored to follow their lead and support our community and friends following the tremendous damage caused by Hurricane Ian.”

“Fishing guides don’t wait for someone else to take the lead on how to fix a problem, we get to work and do what needs to be done,” said Captains for Clean Water co-founder Chris Wittman. “Hurricane relief is not what our organization was created to do, but since this directly affects the people fighting with us for clean water, it’s our turn to fight for them – and Costa gets it. Always a phone call away, Costa has been on the ground alongside us to help with emergency relief efforts since day one. We are extremely grateful for their continued support and know that together, we will rebuild this devastated fishing community.”

Costa was born on the waters of Florida in 1983. Since then, the brand has been committed to protecting the aquatic world it calls home, including hurricane relief efforts. In 2017, after hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria devastated our coasts, Costa launched #OneCoast, a program to bring relief efforts to coastal communities affected by natural disasters through the World Fishermen’s Relief Fund (WARF). Founded by Costa and the IGFA, WARF provides financial assistance to local captains, guides and equipment in the wake of major natural disasters.

The $50,000 donation was announced at the annual Captains for Clean Water Restoration Gala on Nov. 4 in Fort Myers, Fla. For additional information on how you can help through the Captains For Clean Water Emergency Relief Fund, visit www.CaptainsForCleanWater.org. And for more information about Costa’s #OneCoast programme, visit www.CostaSunglasses.com.

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