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The Racing to Rebuild-themed 2022 Key West Bash was a success with $105,000 all going to charity! The founder of MTI Randy Scism and his team donated more than $7,000 to these charities.  The many generous high-dollar donations will be given to Samuel’s House and towards Hurricane Ian recovery efforts. 

Let’s call it a good thing that there was more accounting involved than past years following the ninth annual Speed On The Water Key West Bash held almost two weeks ago in conjunction with the Race World Offshore-produced Offshore World Championships in Key West, Fla., and the Florida Powerboat Club’s Key West Poker Run. It’s a good thing because the number-crunching expert on the party committee—Yvonne Alemán—finished totaling all of this year’s donations in her typical detailed manner and the 2022 Racing to Rebuild-themed bash, which was presented by CMR Construction and Roofing, exceeded all of our expectations with a whopping $105,000 in donations.

That’s right—the three-hour bash at the Sandbar Sports Grill on Greene Street collected more than $100,000, with close to $64,000 being donated to the event’s longstanding charity, Samuel’s House in Key West, and more than $41,000 going toward the Hurricane Ian recovery efforts in Fort Myers Beach under the #WeAreFMB Resilient fund organized by the Fort Myers Beach Women’s Club and the Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation.

 MTI founder Randy Scism and his dedicated team deserve a special shout-out for their continued support of the event between bringing boats to display, donating items for auction and Scism himself stepping up this year to donate more than $7,000 toward the causes.

The Key West Bash has matured into something beyond anything we could have imagined, and we have the generous audience, including this year’s auctioneer Todd Campbell, to thank for that. Now the pressure is on for the 10th annual Key West Bash, which is scheduled for Thursday, November 9. Mark it on your calendar now.

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