COMMUNITY OUTREACH

CAUSES NEAR & DEAR TO TACO

As a family owned and operated business since 1959, we recognize not only the value of family and friends, but also the importance of helping others in need. We not only support marine-based organizations, but also causes that are near and dear to our hearts. Through the spirit of giving back, we hope we can help make our world a better place.


I'M LOGAN IT FOUNDATION – FOR A COMMUNITY AS STRONG AS METAL

In memory of a loving son and nephew, Logan Kushner, the I'M LOGAN IT Foundation was created to help young people establish a healthier self esteem through acts of kindness and mentorship. The I'M LOGAN IT Foundation also provides support Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and college scholarships to deserving students. The Foundation also hosts fundraising events to support local charities that were near and dear to Logan Kushner, including its annual Flag Football Tournament. Since 2012, the Flag Football Tournament has raised more than $170,000 for charity. READ MORE...


SV SKY 57 – LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY WORLD ARC FUNDRAISER

Cancer survivor, sailor and second-generation boat builder Johannes “Jopie” Helsen plans to embark on a $1 million around-the-world fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Inspired by the many patients and survivors he met during treatment, Helsen knew he wanted to do something to help the fight against cancer. To support Helsen's fundraiser, TACO donated brand new Rigid Vinyl Rub Rail with a stainless-steel insert, LED lights, a custom-made helm chair and a pedestal for the boat. READ MORE...

VETS ON THE WATER – FISHING & BOATING TO HELP VETERANS

In 2014, Hoffmann and his daughter Ann launched Vets On The Water [VOTW], a Maine-based nonprofit dedicated to helping active duty, disabled veterans and Gold Star families experience and enjoy time on the water. Activities include fresh and saltwater fishing, sailing, cruising and ice fishing.

VOTW is entirely volunteer based. There’s no overhead costs and 100 percent of every donation, whether fishing or boating products, gas cards or meals, goes to veterans. Because of this, Hoffmann’s mantra is that the program belongs to all who give their time, equipment or services to the cause. READ MORE...

WOUNDED WATERS – FISHING & BOATING TO HELP VETERANS

On a mission to help those in need, Kevin and Stephanie Klepac created Wounded Waters as a way to help Wounded Warriors, Combat Veterans and Active Duty Military through the healing process with fishing and outdoor water adventures. TACO proudly donated a pair of Grand Slam 380 Outrigger Mounts, 15’ Aluminum Tele-Outriggers, a rigging kit, a Come On Board Handle and other boating and fishing accessories.


ANGLERS FOR THE CURE – CHARITY FISHING TOURNAMENT

After prostate cancer claimed the life of her husband, Reed, of 29 years, Adriana Somberg launched the charity fishing tournament Anglers For The Cure – providing life-saving PSA blood tests for men and research funding to find a cure for the disease. The Somberg’s story begins in 1985 when the pair met at a Miami job interview, where Reed ultimately hired his future wife as his legal secretary. Over the years, the outdoorsy couple did everything together, including their mutual passion for boating, fishing and just about anything to do with the water. READ MORE...


CHASEN’TAILZ – CHARITY FISHING TOURNAMENT

An estimated 165 boats are slated to compete in this year’s ChaseN’Tailz Fishing Tournament Sept. 8 – a Florida charity event created in memory of Chase Warren and dedicated to helping families with children who have rare diseases. The story of ChaseN’Tailz began Oct. 1, 2012, when Chase Edward Warren was born – a dream come true for parents Summer and Jay, who struggled for years to conceive. While baby Chase first appeared healthy and normal, signs that something was wrong quickly began to surface. READ MORE...


ACTION FOR LITERACY – FORT LAUDERDALE NONPROFIT FOR CHILDREN

Over the past three years, beautifully painted tiny house-like structures filled with children’s books have cropped up throughout Fort Lauderdale. Usually mounted in or around public areas, these mini libraries are from Action for Literacy – a nonprofit that aims to help children become functionally literate. Action for Literacy [AFL] is the brainchild of retired CPA Alan Garber and Chief Service Officer for the City of Fort Lauderdale Jorg Hruschka, who were inspired by the nationwide nonprofit Little Free Library. Because of Garber, Hruschka and a team of volunteers, 70 AFL libraries are installed throughout the city. READ MORE...