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MMB Foundation

Master Mariners Benevolent Foundation

$30,000 donation to SWBC by CYC & MMBF, 7/21/2012

The term “Benevolent” in Master Mariners Benevolent Association goes to one of the original intentions of the organization, which was to raise funds to support the families of sailors lost over-board from merchant vessels plying Bay and offshore waters. Fast forward to today, MMBA funds a range of charitable grant activities through a separate 501(c)3 licensed corporation, the Master Mariners Benevolent Foundation. With funds raised primarily through the annual Wooden Boat Show in June, monies are given for scholarships and related expenses tied to youth sail-training, maritime-related vocational training, and occasional 3rd party events which raise regional appreciation for the uniqueness of our nautical heritage and classic sailing vessels.

By example, the restoration of the Bird boat Polly; the Tall Ship Semester for Girls, the Arques School, the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center, the yacht Freda restoration, and individual youth scholarships in several local sail-training programs, have all benefited enormously from MMBF grants.

In the past year, MMBF has made grants to the Educational Tall Ship for San Francisco Bay which is building the brigantine MATTHEW TURNER (a film about it “We Built a Ship” has just been released and the trailer can be viewed  here), and to Wooden Boats for Veterans which is restoring CLOVER (a 68′ ft. cutter built in 1938 at the Luke Bros. yard in England) for its sails with veterans from all branches of U.S. Military services.  CLOVER was donated to WBFV by long time MMBA and Oakland YC members Diane and Lee Decker.

This year the Wooden Boat Show will be held on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon, CA.

For MMBF grant consideration, an application can be found at the link below, or by calling its Treasurer, Mike Douglas, (415) 898-8171.

MMBF Grant Application Form
Master Mariners Benevolent Foundation

Board of Directors:

Bob Rogers, Staff Commodore, President

Mike Douglas, Staff Commodore

Peter English, Staff Commodore

Bill Belmont, Staff Commodore

Terry Klaus, Staff Commodore

Tom List

Ariane Paul, Staff Commodore


Craig Swayne, Staff Commodore

There are articles regarding the MMBF in these issues of The Shellback” newsletter:
    August 2012

    November 2010

    March 2010

    November 2009

    June 2008

    December 2007

    February 2007

    April 2002


On July 21st, 2012, MMBF matched the funds raised in a challenge to Corinthian Yacht Club members towards the restoration of FREDA.  MMBF and Corinthian YC each donated $15,000 to total $30,000 and presented the donations to Andrea Rey, Spaulding Wooden Boat Center‘s Director at that time FREDA was relaunched at the Spaulding Wooden Boat Center on Saturday, May 31, 2014.Fred-GregStrohecker

Photo to the right by Greg Strohecker.  Here are media links of the event coverage:

SF Chronicle article by Carl Nolte, 5/30/2014

Marin IJ article by Paul Liberatore, 5/31/2014

Blue Planet Times by Kimball Livingston, 5/29/2014

Latitude 38’s ‘Lectronic Latitude, 6/02/2014

Pressure-Drop, 6/04/2014

The Ark, 06/25/2014


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