Harbor Rats establish new partnership with Alaqua Animal Refuge

Tina Harbuck
The Destin Log

The Harbor Rats Charitable Foundation, an organization founded on giving back to their community, has chosen Alaqua Animal Refuge as one of their beneficiaries.  

“As we were looking to expand our reach and choose another charity to add as a beneficiary, Alaqua was a clear and unanimous choice” said Marvin Holthouser, chairman of the Harbor Rats Board of Directors. 

The Harbor Rats Charitable Foundation started with a group of local businessmen who met at Harbor Cigars in Destin for fellowship and decided to positively impact the community in which they lived. Harbor Cigars, owned by Holthouser, has been the gathering spot ever since. Established by a handful of his customers, the Harbor Rats group now has approximately 125 members and six board members.  

Harbor Rats hosts a variety of charity events and an annual golf tournament to raise funds and are looking forward to hosting a joint event for Alaqua in the future. The Harbor Rats board of directors recently visited Alaqua for a grand tour of the new facility and presented a $10,000 check to the organization in support of past and future efforts. 

The Harbor Rats believe that ‘giving back makes us all better,’ stating that any opportunity to leverage the many talents and resources of the group towards improving lives in the community is their goal.  

Adding Alaqua as a beneficiary is another step in their achievement, building on their success and expanding their impact in the community. 

“Marvin called us and wanted to come out and meet with us and tour the property. We had such a great time learning about their organization and sharing both of our plans for the future. They were truly a breath of fresh air, and we are excited to partner with them," said Laurie Hood, Alaqua founder.