NAVARRE BEACH, FL (June 14, 2021) – After 10 days of introducing 80+ kids and their families from Indiana to Florida to boating, Journey For A Cause docked their Parker 2520 XLD at Juana’s Pagodas Marina.

Eddie Gill IV and his childhood fishing friend, Justin Shupe had a dream to make a difference by bringing people together. During their trip, Journey For A Cause hosted five speaking events where they talked about the joy of getting on the water, how to fish, and most importantly how being on the water is for everyone. Fishing poles for the events were donated for kids at the events to take home.

Eddie Gill IV, Journey For A Cause leader, stated, “Throughout our trip we centered our message around three main points, the welcoming environment in the marine community, the mental health benefits of the outdoors, and the need for accessibility in many deserving communities. In each community we visited, we heard boaters share their stories about how they got into boating and how they invite others to the water.”


Gill continued, “I believe we were able to inspire people to pursue their dreams. I look forward to continuing our goal of bringing people together in the marine industry.”

Scott Bauer President of Parker Boats stated, “Eddie and Justin had a dream to bring people into fishing and boating by creating Journey For A Cause. Parker Boats could not be prouder of how they have impacted those they encountered throughout their trip. Their passion and positivity has touched many people outside of those they met.”

The Journey For A Cause team visited nine marinas, traveled over 900 miles, and went through 15 locks. People who were apart of the trip were Eddie Gill IV, Eddie Gill III, Marisa Gill, Justin Shupe, Gary Vipperman, Laura Vipperman, and John Easley.

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About Journey For A Cause: Journey for a Cause is an initiative to raise awareness in diverse communities of the opportunities and benefits experienced with fishing and boating. Inspired by Eddie Gill IV’s dream to promote diversity and inclusion within the boating, fishing and outdoor adventure community, the ten-day journey begins in Evansville, Ind. on June 1 and includes visits at nine marinas and waterside attractions, ending with a final stop at Navarre Beach, Fla. on June 10. During the voyage, Eddie and two longtime friends will promote the mental health and physical health benefits of fishing and boating, drive awareness of the accessibility and affordability of fishing and boating, and demonstrate that the fishing and boating community is welcoming to all, including those from minority and underserved communities.