Dear Cruise Abaco Family,
The situation in Abaco is constantly changing but we wanted to let you know that, thankfully, our crew and staff are all safe. Most have lost their homes to this devastating storm and we are all working to come to terms with what is ahead for us. Relief and Restoration projects are coming together, roads are being cleared, supply boats are coming and citizens are being evacuated to Nassau and points beyond until it’s safe to bring them back home.
We cannot express how much the overwhelming support from our Cruise Abaco family has meant to us. The concern for not only the safety of our staff but the incredible losses they’ve all incurred has touched our hearts during a time when we needed it the most. Homes have been lost or damaged, belongings gone and as we help rebuild their lives, everything will have to be replaced.
Many Cruise Abaco customers and boat owners have reached out and asked how they can help the staff directly. One of our boat owners, Ted Dimbero (Leander, TX), has started a Go Fund Me page specifically to help get our staff through this difficult time. The Help Cruise Abaco Staff Go Fund Me page has been set up specifically to help with whatever needs they have – all of these contributions will go directly to the Cruise Abaco staff. We will post updates on where each and every one of your contributions are going and how they are helping make a difference in the lives of these wonderful people.
We will be issuing relief, rebuilding & staff fund distribution updates here on our website as well as sending updates via our newsletter.
It will take some time but our beloved Abacos will be rebuilt and our Cruise Abaco staff will be sailing again. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for the love and support you have shown us.
Captain Mark & Patti Gonsalves
Proud Owners of Cruise Abaco
****We are dedicated to helping Abaco and the Bahamas. Many of you have been asking where you can donate. These are legit relief campaigns and websites that take donations. Please note that there is only one Go Fund Me account that was created specifically for the Cruise Abaco Staff and by Mark & Patti, the owners of Cruise Abaco (link below). We thank you for all your love and support!!!****
Help Cruise Abaco Staff: Click Here
Patrick Davis Songwriters in Paradise GoFundMe: Click Here
Matt Winslow GoFundMe, who will match donations: Click Here
Hope Town Volunteer Fire & Rescue: Click Here
Treasure Community Center Foundation:
It is a non-profit, tax deductible donation which benefits all Treasure Cay and surrounding locals. People can do so by sending a check payable to TCCF to Tom Wheeler, P. O. Box 306, Mentor, OH 44060. The Foundation is definitely legit and managed by reputable second home owners and locals. The Foundation has been around for years. Tom will also be flying in relief supplies as soon as an airport and road are passable.
*When U.S. citizens are donating to HTVFR please remember that you can make your contribution of $250 or more tax deductible through PERC. Click Here