The Maine Island Trail Association (MITA) has awarded Captains Bruce White and Matt Wilder – owners of on-water service provider Sea Tow Portland/Midcoast – with the Spirit of Partnership award for their commitment to the organization’s mission.
The Spirit of Partnership award is given annually to those that truly embody the sense of stewardship that the MITA embraces. With a steadfast commitment to the environment and the MITA’s mission, the Sea Tow team was a clear choice as this year’s recipient.
“We are honored and humbled to receive this award from an organization that is so close to our hearts,” Capt. White said. “Exploring the islands that make up the trail always brings a smile to my face. MITA has truly made a difference in keeping the trail the best that it can be. They are great stewards and what the organization does brings great value to our state and marine community. We are all fortunate to have this group working so closely with island owners.”
This year, as in years past, Sea Tow Portland/Midcoast provided Sea Tow memberships to the MITA’s skiffs, so while out on the water cleaning the trails, volunteers had the peace-of-mind knowing Sea Tow was standing by. Capt. White also gave a presentation on boating safety and equipment for the MITA’s Lunch & Learn webinar series that has left and lasting impression on the community.
“Sea Tow was chosen for this award because they always go above and beyond to help us here at MITA,” said Jordi St. John, business engagement manager for the Maine Island Trail Association. “Sea Tow is a true joy to work with. With all the changes to our regular activities brought on by COVID-19, they still are always ready to step up and assist us.”
MITA is a Portland-based nonprofit that manages a recreational water trail running from the Maine and New Hampshire coasts to the Canadian border. With a mission of maintaining over 240 sites along the trail, most of the work is completed by dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to keep the islands and lands beautiful.
“We are proud of the great captains leading Sea Tow Portland/Midcoast and excited to congratulate them on this award,” said Sea Tow CEO Captain Joseph Frohnhoefer III. “Sea Tow’s goal is to help people enjoy boating and they are a testament to that mission.”